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Music of the Stage

Types of stage genres that include music
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Alison Miles

on 6 July 2014

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MUSIC OF THE STAGE
TYPES OF STAGE GENRES THAT INCLUDE MUISC
OPERA
ROCK OPERA / ROCK MUSICAL
BROADWAY MUSICAL
OPERETTA / LIGHT OPERA
CONCEPT
MUSICAL
JUKE BOX MUSICAL
HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS
1800's - Now
A form of stage music that is almost completely sung, featuring aria's and recitatives. Famous composers such as Puccini, Verdi, Mozart etc.
Example :
'QUEEN OF THE NIGHT''
Mozart - The Magic Flute

A genre of stage that sprung from opera comique, in contrast to full length serious opera it was shorter, lighter and portrayed real life in a more realistic way.
Example : I AM A PIRATE KING
Gilbert and Sullivan - Pirates of Penzance
Genre of musical named for the theatre district (known as 'Broadway') in New York. Written specifically for the stage and drawn from a book / script, Broadway musicals feature spoken dialogue and musical numbers that directly relate to the plot / action, costumes, sets and choreography. Uses traditional musical format of two acts with opening and closing numbers.
Example : 'ANYTHING GOES'
Cole Porter - Anything Goes
Written specifically for film, often featuring animation and aimed at children, but more recently also written for TV (e.g. Glee). Featuring similar song types to Broadway but without the two act format.
Example: 'UNDER THE SEA'
Ashman and Menken
The Little Mermaid
MUSIC PLAY
Genre of stage music where the emphasis is on character. Real people in real situations; Acting and choreography as well as music are integral to the production as a whole, therefore there is strong emphasis on dialogue and the song lyrics.
E.G 'AMERICA'
Bernstein / Sondheim
West Side Story
A genre of musical theatre where the overall statement or metaphor of the musical is more important than the narrative itself. Everything revolves around or is determined by the concept. Many 'performance musicals' (aka play within a play) such as 'Cabaret' and 'Chorus Line' fit under this category. It also applies to musicals where the staging is the concept e.g. Starlight Express.
Examples: Andrew LLoyd Weber

STARLIGHT EXPRESS



A form of musical theatre that tells the story in an operatic manner but through rock music. Often features big production and is very expensive to stage. Aimed at the wider audience and is easily understandable and accessible.
'WILKOMMEN' - Cabaret
Example : RUM TUM TUGGER
Andrew Llody Weber - Cats.
A more recent form of musical theatre that has a minimal (often thin) plot constructed to fit several songs that have already been hits. The musicals 'Buddy', 'Mama Mia', 'Jersey Boys' and 'Rock of Ages' all fit this style. It relies on the audience attending the musical just to hear songs they already know.
Example : Mamma Mia -
The Musical.
Name the musicals....
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