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Reasons why a number of strangers would break out into song:

 1 Sand Josieph, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 1:25:40 AM from Grand Galloping Galaday
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One of my characters seems to have this ability to turn Real Life into a musical number but I want it to seem like something that would naturally happen rather than something that just seems to spring out of nowhere.
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I need a drink
They all got drunk. You'd be surprised how often that happens in my life.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
 3 d Roy, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 5:01:56 AM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
[up] You must have a very interesting life. :D

[up][up] Do you NEED to be natural in breaking out in dance? They could dance if they want to. They can leave their friends behind... BECAUSE THEIR FRIENDS DON'T DANCE AND IF THEY DON'T DANCE THEN THEY'RE NO FRIENDS OF MINE! S-S-S-S-A-A-A-A-F-F-F-F-E-E-E-E...

 4 Loni Jay, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 5:12:23 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Maybe a particular song comes on the radio, one person starts singing, then someone else, and soon you have a critical mass?
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[up][up] Once got the whole class to break into song and dance with I will survive. My life is awesome like that.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
 6 chihuahua 0, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 5:43:25 AM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
 7 d Roy, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 6:32:42 AM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
[up][up] (sighs) so jealous of you...

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Once I read some legends about fairies that play really awesome music that compels passerby to dance until they die.
 9 Voltech 44, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 10:23:48 AM from Alongside a Virtual Weasel
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An eccentric billionaire strolls into the street, proclaiming that anyone whose singing tickles their fancy will win a hundred million dollars.

Barring that, fairies sounds like the most logical explanation.
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 10 Haldo, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 11:50:24 AM from Never never land Relationship Status: Coming soon to theaters
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Improv Everywhere does that sometimes.
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 11 chihuahua 0, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 1:58:30 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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[up][up]: I heard that too. Maybe you can have humans invent compelling music.

It's easy, mmkay?
If an authoritarian dictatorship was recently overthrown, then a song mocking said dictatorship could probably be broken into by a large group.
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 13 Yej, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 2:35:53 PM from <0,1i>
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In other words, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead? (Oh, that trope isn't actually what I thought it was.)

edited 2nd Apr '11 2:36:19 PM by Yej

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Alternately, an insane dictator who loves musicals forces the populace to learn the terrible songs and dance routines he writes and perform them in his palace square at designated times each day. Those who do not comply must face the dreaded Ministry of Music.
It's easy, mmkay?
We will meet in a place where there is no silence...
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 16 Pyroninja 42, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 3:19:48 PM from the War Room
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You know, I've been wondering why a number of strangers break into songs. I don't get it! IT KEEPS HAPPENING TO ME!
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It's easy, mmkay?
I wonder if you could create a closed community (like a cult) and slowly create a culture that implements the Musical World Hypothesis in Real Life by just improvising lyrics and melodies on the spot.
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 18 Leradny, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 9:38:59 PM from Alameda, CA
First off, don't think of musicals as this whole other world. It isn't, really. People strike up conversations (duets), talk to themselves or the audience (solo pieces), talk in a crowd (ensemble pieces), and repeat things (choruses). Only instead of speaking to convey the same information that would be used in a play, they sing it.

That's how people suspend disbelief when watching a musical, at least for well-written ones—it follows the same basic principle as well-written plays, using music as a framing device for the plot underneath it, instead of an excuse to rely on catchy melodies and dance numbers as filler.

I would suggest writing dialogues, monologues, and really any scene where you want singing in the same way you'd write a regular story, before arranging them to fit into a musical format.

edited 2nd Apr '11 9:42:51 PM by Leradny

 19 d Roy, Sat, 2nd Apr '11 9:57:41 PM Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
Oh, and Sand Josieph, I didn't realize you changed your avatar until I read your quote. XD

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