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Musical Theatre

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Transcript of Musical Theatre

THE MUSICAL
a theatrical production utilizing popular song styles as a method of storytelling
Book
Musical
Concept
Musical
1600
Opera
1700
1800
1850
1900
emerged out of the vogue for Italian Opera
modern Ballad Opera
uses countless contemporary songs
a story told almost exclusively with music
SPECTACLE
originally produced for the aristocracy and court
Ballad Opera
reset popular songs to new lyrics
1728
Martin Gay's The Beggar's Opera
Operetta
COMIC OPERA
romantic comedy
Gilbert and Sullivan
SATIRE
witty lyrics
used spectacular effects to dazzle and impress
Vaudeville
actors
magicians
jugglers
musicians
VARIETY SHOW
dancers
acrobats
American
Entertainment
What is a BOOK MUSICAL?
all dramatic action is integrated and
grows out of the plot
SPINE
the book of a musical is the
of the production
400 B.C.E.
Greek Theatre
choral odes were song and dance numbers
dialogue was chanted
or spoken rhythmically
rather than stopping the action of the play for a song
1927
Show Boat
first Book Musical
both dialogue and musical numbers moved the action of the story forward
OKLAHOMA! - 1943
further moved towards creating a realistic world on stage
characters moved in and out of song naturally
DANCE
SONG
DIALOGUE
all used to tell the same story
GAME CHANGER
Disney's Hercules
not far off from traditional Greek theatre
Rogers and Hammerstein
1940's & 1950's
Golden Age
of Musical Theatre
heartening and cheerful songs
not simply romantic comedies of early Musical Theatre
included darker social issues
What about the now?
West Side Story - 1957
perfection of the
BOOK MUSICAL
&
Romeo Juliet
transported to 1950's Manhattan
dance
song
story
emphasized racial tenstions
plots are not necessary
metaphors and ideas concerning
non-linear storytelling
The
Concept Musical
society
relationships
philosophy
storytelling
political freedom
a musical which explores ideas in non-traditional structure or approach
NEW WAY OF TELLING STORIES
Hair - 1967
product of the culture
first major Concept Musical
themes
ANTI-WAR
PEACE
LOVE
FREEDOM
ROCK MUSICAL
popular rock score rather than traditional
a new way to broaden the audience
Andrew Lloyd Webber
1971
exploration of what the Musical could do
1970s
1980s
1990s
varying types and styles
Chicago
Sweeney Todd
Grease
Pippin
The Mega Musical
The Wiz
British
historical
epic
imports from England
AMERICAN
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Concept Musical
DANCE
individual connected stories
THE MUSICAL
AMERICAN
Broadway takes a hit
anything but FAMILY FRIENDLY
TIMES SQUARE
Disney would bring musicals to Broadway
New York would create a
family friendly environment
longest running musical in history
over
10,000 performances
Beauty and the Beast
1994
Disney Theatrical adapted successful carton musicals to the stage
cleaning up Times Square
huge success
The Lion King
1997
Disney found success, both critical and financial, with their production of the Lion King
The Lion King went beyond Beauty and the Beast in translation from screen to stage
HIGHEST GROSSING BROADWAY SHOW IN HISTORY
Disney
huge success on Broadway
The Producers
2002
based on the 1968 film
Mel Brooks
companies saw the
profitability in movie adaptations
soon producers would seek to reproduce this formula
Movie Musical
adaptations of popular movies to
BROADWAY
IS THERE ANY ORIGINALITY LEFT IN BROADWAY?
JUKEBOX MUSICAL
musicals built around the music of an artist
financial success
ORIGINAL MUSICALS
most musicals are adaptations of some original source
NEW GOLDEN AGE
BROADWAY'S
SouthPark does BROADWAY
original
satirical
uses all the tools produced by the history of Broadway
Why do we sing in musicals?
incorporates all aspects of fine arts
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