About the Musical
I've referred to Harold a few times in "Here now, Here now".
What's here is intended to help others write to use it their own stories.
Or to get someone interested in writing the musical itself!
"Harold: An Antiford Musical" is intentional historical rewriting that is clearly Technocratic cultural propaganda.
The play is an artifact of Antiford culture with the Technocratic party in power. The most important thing to understand is the play is right out with its agenda against a monarchy an glorification of the Technocracy. Thus when it's referred to or talked about, you can see characters generally react to it a few ways.
1) They don't know or don't care.
This is mostly for lower classes, for which the content is of no interest to them. When you're scraping by to make ends meet, a musical is the last thing you're going to care about.
2) They Love it.
If your character has leanings to the technocrats, then it's hilarious and great. The technocrats are the good guys and saving the day from Harold's ineptitude. So Huzzah! We're the good guys here.
3) Yea it's good. Sorta...
But in all honestly, if your character isn't fully on board with the technocrats there's stuff in there to ding them. If your character is sucking up to technocrats, of course they're going to say it's great! If you're an Antifordian, you really don't have much choice but to support it publicly. What you say in private, is a whole different matter!
4) They Hate it.
So Anyone with a leaning toward a monarchical ruler is going not like it. It's completely trashes the concept of a monarchy and is outrightmocking you for having a king. You're the bad guys here. So release your Boo! birds.
What is this thing?
Or just click on the reference video links for fun!
Harold is a retelling of Antifordian history of the final Monarch of Antiford. It's written from the viewpoint of the Ruling Technocratics of Antiford. (Remember, history is told by the victors) As such, it takes "liberties" with the actual truth in favor of entertaining you on monarchs.
To use today's plays as reference, It's a historical piece like "The Madness of George the III" (reference) or "Hamilton" (reference) . But it's irreverent and humor filled like "Spamalot" (reference) or "Book Of Mormon" (reference).
Another way to try and wrap your head around this is to think of a world where the Nazi won World War II and then "Spring Time for Hitler" (the fake play from the Producers) was legitimately written and was a huge hit. (reference)