->''"'''CAN WE SPEAK?!'''"''
-->-- '''Javert''', ''Series/KeyAndPeele: [[Theatre/LesMiserables Les]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__d2FMCtgi4 Mis]]''

Most pieces of musical theatre contain what is called book--that is, spoken dialogue scenes in between each of the songs. However, some decide to go all the way and ditch spoken word completely (or almost completely) for sung word. Hence, this trope. More conversational and utilitarian exchanges are commonly made with use of recitative, in which the delivery of the singing is meant to mimic regular speech.

It is worth noting that most of these shows do have brief bits of spoken dialogue. In ''Music/{{Evita}}'', for instance, Che has two short monologues between and within songs. However, in order to qualify there should not be any kind of scenes told through dialogue. Hence, ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' does not qualify because even though it is very predominantly sung, there are multiple scenes of spoken dialogue.

This is standard practice in French and Italian {{opera}}. However, German operas or ''Singspiel'' usually have talking in between musical numbers (e.g., [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart's]] ''The Abduction from the Seraglio'').
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!!Examples:
* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''
* Some versions of ''Theatre/{{Chess}}''
* ''Music/{{Evita}}''
* ''Falsettos''
* ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple''
* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''
* ''Anime/Interstella5555''
* ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar''
* ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat''
* ''Theatre/TheLastFiveYears''
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables''
* ''Theatre/MissSaigon''
* ''A New Brain''
* ''Theatre/NotreDameDeParis''
* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''
** ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies''
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', though not the movie version.
* ''Theatre/StarlightExpress''
* ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'', although not its English adaptation.
* ''Theatre/TrialByJury'' originally had no spoken dialogue at all. One rhymed couplet was later replaced with two words of spoken dialogue.
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' features very little dialogue that ''isn't'' sung.
* Parodied in ''Theatre/TheMusicalOfMusicalsTheMusical'' with the Creator/AndrewLloydWebber pastiche "Aspects of Junita," in which Junita and Bill complain that their relationship is deteriorating because "we never talk anymore," since they have to relate to each other in "this wretched recitative." Subverted when Bill finally speaks: "Junita, we have to talk. Yes, talk!" Up until this point, only the stage directions are spoken.
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