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Transcript of Musical Theater
Introduction to Musical Theatre
Opera, Light Opera, & Musical Comedy
- Throughout history music has had a role in theater
- Traditional Plays are spoken
- Musical theater productions heavily emphasized music
- MT places more importance on singing/dancing than acting
- Three types: Opera, Light Opera, Musical Comedy
Light Opera or Operetta
- Invented in the 16th Century
- Many based off of Greek or Roman Myths
- Drama set to music
- opera seria
- Large instrumental accompaniment
- ALL MUSIC (even dialogue)
- Notable Composers: Wagner, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi
- Developed in response to Opera
- Relatable to everyday life
- Mixes sung dialogue and spoken word
- opera buffa, opera-comique
- Contains lots of humor
- Notable Composer: Strauss, Offenbach, Bernstein
- Mainly an American idea (New York City)
- Heavily emphasized music, but still contained spoken word
- Has developed A LOT in the last 100 years
- "Sing along" songs
- Large casts, Elaborate Costumes/Scenery