Post Musical Depression (PMD) is the term for the depression an actor, actress, or other member of a production feels once the show's run has ended. It often exhibits itself much like the Five Stages of Grief. First, an affected person can't believe it is happening, often right before curtain call. Next, during bows, one may become angered that it is over, upset that it will never be the same again. Then, when one is greeting the audience, one begins to bargain, 'Please don't let it be over' 'One more show.' During the cast party and throughout the next day, an afflicted person enters the fourth and hardest phase, depression. This exhibits itself through crying, hugging, and tears. However, sometime a week or so after the close of the show, one enters the final stage, acceptance.
The musical was so much fun, I don't know what I'm going to do now that I have all this free time, I think I have Post Musical Depression.
by walsh416 March 21, 2011