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Musical Theatre in the 1970s

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Charlie Henderson

on 26 March 2013

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Transcript of Musical Theatre in the 1970s

Major Trends Rock music in musical theatre
Dance as a functional component
The concept musical Incorporation of Rock Music Musical Theatre in the 1970s Late 1960s - Psychadelic Rock
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors
Early 1970s - Hard Rock
Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd
Heavy Metal
AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest
Progressive Rock
Genesis, Yes, Rush Dance as a Functional Component Oklahoma! (1944) - Agnes De Mille - first musical to include dance
West Side Story (1956) - Jerome Robbins
Bob Fosse - Chicago, Sweet Charity, Pippin
Heavily influenced by Fred Astaire
Features rolled shoulders, turned in knees,
sideways shuffling, and backward exits
Often incorporated props such as bowler hats, canes, and chairs into dance The Concept Musical Theme or statement is greater than the story
Stephen Sondheim - Harold Prince
Company (1970) - love and relationships
Follies (1972) - hanging on to the past, abandoning one's dreams
Sweeney Todd (1979) - the cost of revenge Pacific Overtures
"Please, Hello"
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Pippin
"Magic to Do"
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Jesus Christ Superstar
"Superstar"
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice Four types of musicals: Revue
a show consisting of songs and dances
no story
Musical Comedy
has a story, but no theme
music, dance do not develop plot
Integrated Musical
has an overall theme or message
music, dance help to develop plot
Concept Musical
theme is more important than the story
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