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American Musical Theatre

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on 14 September 2016

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Transcript of American Musical Theatre

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
My Fair Lady by Lerner and Loewe
(based on the play Pygmalian)
Candide by Bernstein
(Based on satire by Voltaire)
West Side Story by Sondheim and Bernstein
(Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet)
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
"I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Mis
by Boublil and Schönberg (1985)

"Popular" from Wicked by Stephen Swartz

Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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