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Musical Theatre: c. 1980- c. 1990
Transcript of Musical Theatre: c. 1980- c. 1990
c. 1980-c. 1990
Overshadowed American Contributions
1980s American Flops
Broadway has a Cat Problem
How to Succeed in (the Musical) Business
Has Broadway Regained it's Footing?
Gower Champion Dies
The Lullaby of Broadway
We're You're Dreamgirls
Alan Menken &
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on T.S. Eliot's
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
1981 (West End): 8,949 Performances (21 Years)
1982 (Broadway): 7,485 Performances (18 Years)
Largest advance ticket sale ever at the time.
Presented in over 20 Countries and Translated into 10 Languages: Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian.
The Marketing and Merchandising of Cats
The "story:" A tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.
Last American Gasps
(Before a certain Mouse comes to Broadway)
1983: 276 Perfs.
1983: 1,761 Perfs.
1984: 604 Perfs.
1984: 669 Perfs.
1985: 1,005 Perfs.
I Am What I Am
Music and Lyrics: Jerry Herman
Book: Harvey Fierstein
Based on the play,
La Cage aux Folles
by Jean Poiret
la Cage Aux Folles focuses on a gay couple: Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction, and the farcical adventures that ensue when Georges's son, Jean-Michel, brings home his fiancée's ultra-conservative parents to meet them. (Wikipedia)
1981: West End
1983: 199 Perfs.
1986: 6 Perfs.
NYC TV News: Reviews for
Into the Light
1986: 77 Perfs.
Book: Bob Fosse
Music and Lyrics: Various
1986: 4 Perfs.
Book: Jeff Tambornino
Music: Lee Holdridge
Lyrics: by John Forster
Music: Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics: Don Black
Book: Richard Levinson
In Original Cast: Nathan Lane
and Christian Slater
Music: Charles Strouse
Book: Joseph Stein
Music: Peter Allen
1988: 64 Perfs.
The European Megamusical Cements it's Place In History
Stephen Sondheim: "I'm Still Here"
1987: 769 Perfs.
Phantom of the Opera
Lyrics: Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (French lyrics),
Herbert Kretzmer (English adaptation)
Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Trevor Nunn and John Caird (adaptation)
Basis: 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
1985: West End
Music:Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics:Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe (additional)
Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe
Basis: 1910 book Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux
1986: West End
Do You Hear the People Sing
The Phantom of the Opera
Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.. (Wikipedia)
Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. (Wikipedia)
The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with a Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.
Music: Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: James Lapine
As With Cats, Marketing and Merchandising Galore!!
1989: 1,077 Perfs
1989: 878 Perfs.
Grand Hotel: One of only two American musicals to top 1,000 performances from 1985 (Big River) to 1994 (Beauty and the Beast).
Finishing the Hat
Putting It Together
The other was...
In 1980, the same year 42nd Street opens, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats would force 42nd Street to move out of the Winter Garden Theatre to the Majestic.
In 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera forces 42nd Street to move again, this time to the St. James Theatre.
American Musical Theatre was literally retreating from European Muscials (and especially Andrew Lloyd Webber).
Camerson Mackintosh, co-producer of Phantom, was so clearly unimpressed with Broadway's offering of the day, he joked that Broadway was "just another stop on the American tour."
Interesting Side Note...
Covers of Embraceable You
But Not for Me
Nice Work If You Can Get It
They Can't Take That Away From Me
I Got Rhythm
Big Gershwin Hits
Crazy for You: 1992