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American Musical Theatre

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cynthia selph

on 2 February 2018

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American Musical Theatre

Phase 1: Tin Pan Alley
1900-1920s +
Musicals evolved by stringing several songs
together with a light story line.
Composers included George M. Cohan,
the Gershwin brothers, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin.
Example: "Give My Regards to Broadway" by George Cohan

George and Ira Gershwin continued writing musicals with social commentarty:
Porgy and Bess (1935)
First Serious Drama: Showboat
by Jerome Kern (1927)
Golden Age of American Musical Theatre
Richard Rogers
Lorenz Hart
Oscar Hammerstein II
1960s American Musical Theatre
Comic Entertainment and literary themes
Hello Dolly
The Music Man
Bye Bye Birdie
Fiddler on the Roof by
Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
The Sound of Music
American Musical Theatre
Stephen Sondheim
West Side Story (lyrics)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Little Night Music
Sweeney Todd
Musicals and Classic Literature
American Musical Theatre
1980's: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Jesus Christ Superstar
Phantom of the Opera
American Musical Theatre
1990's and Beyond

Disney Musicals

Beauty and the Beast (1994)
The Lion King (1997)
Avenue Q (2003)
Wicked (2003)

"Sweeney Todd Trailer
"Memory" from Cats
Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera
Movie versions of earlier musicals became popular in the 2000s

"Popular" from Wicked
by Stephen Swartz

Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Les Mis
Premiered in 1985
Movie version in 2012
Recent Musical Hits
la La Land 2016
Hamilton 2015
Hamilton at the Tony Awards
2016 (start at 2:21)
Everyone's a little bit Racist
byRobert Lopez and Jeff Marks
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