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A Model for Discussing Musical Theatre

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A Model for Discussing Musical Theatre
A Few Fundamentals For Helping Us To Contextualize Musical Theatre.
Introductions and definitions.
What is a Musical?
Musical
(noun): a
stage
, television, or film production utilizing
popular
style songs to either tell a story or to showcase the talents of
writers
and/or
performers
with dialogue optional (Kenrick, p. 14).
Elements of a Musical
"Bit by bit, putting it together..."
Where do Musicals thrive?
"Rivers belong where they can ramble,
eagles belong where they can fly..."
Supply and Demand often carves a path through the forest of Musical Theatre.
"Into the woods, and who can tell what's waiting on the journey?"
To
writers
and/or
performers
, I will add
directors
,
music directors
,
choreographers
and
producers
.
We will concentrate
primaily on
stage musicals.
The popular element
differentiates it from Opera.
The Sound of Music - Royal Variety Performance 2006
1.
Music and lyrics
—The songs.
2.
Book/Libretto
—The connective story expressed in script or dialogue.
3.
Choreography
—The dance.
4.
Staging
—All stage movement.
5.
Physical production
—The sets, costumes, and technical aspects (Kenrick, p. 15).
To the
physical production
, I will also specify make up, lighting and sound.
Sunday In The Park With George
Putting it Together
1.
A population large and prosperous
enough to support an active
theatrical culture.
2.
A thriving artistic community
that nurtures successive generations
of creative and performing talent.
3. A shared sense of
optimism
in regards to the community and its
future.
4.
Freedom from extensive government censorship
and/or political
oppression (Kenrick, pp. 11-12).
"Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start..."
I tend to disagree here.
The 2013 Tony Awards
Medley of songs from Pippin.
Flops
Hits
Sondheim's
Flops and Hits
If Carrie Underwood falls in the woods (while climbing a mountain)...?
If a tree falls in the woods...?
If a Disney tree falls in the woods...?
Supply and demand shapes musical theatre.
Supply and demand, part 2.
If Sondheim redefines the woods...?
A Flop and a Hit
Musical Theatre Is Best Experienced Live!
(AKA, Why I'm requiring you to see Once On This Island).
Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat
Guys and Dolls
GTA, Fall 2013
Musical Theatre Flops:

Performances in The Low Double Digits

2006: High Fidelity
Number of performances: 14




Performances in The Single Digits

1964: Anyone Can Whistle
Number of performances: 9

2009: Story of My Life
Number of performances: 5

1988: Carrie
Number of performances: 5
(However, 46 performances in 2012 revival).




One Performance (or less?)

1965: Kelly
Number of performances: 1

1968: Here’s Where I Belong
Number of performances: 1

1970: Gantry
Number of performances: 1

2008: Glory Days
Number of performances: 1

1966: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Never opened. Closed after 4 previews.
Disney on Broadway:

Beauty and the Beast (April 18, 1994 – July 29, 2007)
The Lion King (November 13, 1997 – present)
Tarzan (May 10, 2006 – July 8, 2007)
Mary Poppins (November 16, 2006 – March 3, 2013)
The Little Mermaid (January 10, 2008 – August 30, 2009)
Newsies The Musical (March 29, 2012 – August 24, 2014)
Aladdin (March 20, 2014 – present)


Possible Upcoming Productions:

The Jungle Book
Frozen
The Muppets
The Princess Bride
More upcoming productions
Alice in Wonderland
Father of the Bride
Freaky Friday
Chicago
GTA, Spring 2014
Razzle Dazzle
Syllabus and Expectations
Prezi and Quiz Friday
Weekly Class Schedule
Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain
Rehearsing Breakfast at Tiffany's
Instructions for
Critique Assignment
A Critique of
The Last Five Years
Musical Theatre: A History (Optional--Entire Text) John Kenrick

http://blanckd.yolasite.com/resources/Musical%20Theatre%20History%20(Kenrick)ThtrArts.pdf
Musicals101.com John Kenrick

http://www.musicals101.com/erastage.htm
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