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American Musical Theater

History of Musical theater with examples

Tammy W

on 16 March 2012

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American Musical Theater
American Musical Theater has roots from Eurpoean Tradition. England has ballet and opera, and the United Stated answered with American Musical Theater.
Vaudeville shows and Minstrel Shows were the basis of AMT. They featured music, dancing, small plays and other acts in the shows.
Broadway is the name of a street in New York City.
There are musicals performed around that general area that are not on the actual road. We still consider that "Broadway".
How to make a
Broadway show

CATS is a musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber,
based on the book "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"
by T.S. Eliot. In this children's book are light-hearted,
witty poems about various cats that Eliot describes.
Webber made these poems the lyrics for his musical.
CATS takes place in an oversized junkyard at night. The actors and actresses wear unitards, tails, wigs, and thick makeup as their cat costumes. This musical is almost plotless, and consists of cats introducing fellow cats to the audience. All cats are called "Jellicles". The Jellicle Ball takes place once a year, and is a special night where all Jellicle cats get together in the junkyard and follow their urge to dance under the full moon.
Bye Bye Birdie
The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie," is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but before that, in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals.
You're a Good Man,
Charlie Brown
Based off the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles Schulz
Based off of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie".
This comic started in 1924. The broadway show opened in 1977.
Big River
Based on Mark Twains 1884 novel, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
Oliver is a British musical based
on Charles Dicken's novel "Oliver Twist".
It is about an orphan who is in a work house.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Weber is an English composer of musical theatre. He started composing at the age of six, and published his first piece at the age of nine. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has also gained a number of honors, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from the British Government for services to Music, six Tony Awards (and 40 nominations), three Grammy Awards (with an additional 60 nominations), an Academy Award (two other nominations), seven Olivier Awards (with 100 nominations), a Golden Globe, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006.
His shows include two of the longest running shows in history. These shows are Cats and Phantom of the Opera. Cats was the longest running show until it closed and now with over 8,575 shows “The Phantom of the Opera” is the longest running Broadway show.
ALW wrote the part of Christine for his second wife, Sarah Brightman. Her voice and range inspired the part. You will see the character of Christine resembles Sarah as well, with her long hair that is also brown and curly.
The Phantom of the Opera
A disfigured musical genius hides under a Paris Opera House. The novel was published in 1909.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Based on the last week of the life of Jesus. It also highlights the struggles of Judas and Jesus.
Writes the words the actors will say.

Writes the music to the songs.

Writes the words, lyrics, to the songs.

The BIG BOSS of a musical. He gets the money to put on the show.

They are in charge of all the stage acting, directing, and coaching.

Stage Manager
One who is in charge of the curtain and any set changes.

Prop Manager
Keeps track of all the objects (property) that are used in the musical.

The process of spending all day listening to 2000 or 3000 singers, actors and dancers, in order to chose the final 15 or 20 people who will be in the show.

The stars of the show that do the main acting.

A person who learns the part of an actor in case a substitute actor is needed.

They review the show. Their reaction can determine how long a show will run.

When a performer sings or speaks his or her thoughts out loud.
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