THEA 1314 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Showtunes, Musical Theatre, Intelligent Design

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Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre History
Musical theatre was born from other artistic expressions
Opera -- operetta -- musicals
Types of Musicals
Classical musical theatre
o Pre-1940s
o Close to operetta vocally
Longer shows
o Unity of story elements (music, book, plots)
o Showtunes part of the top hits
Anything Goes
Of Thee I Sing
Golden Age (1943-1965)
o 1960s time of transitions and it is reflected in musical theatre
Protests to war
Civil rights movement
Political strife
o Shows had more defined structure
o Emerging rock shows
South Pacific
King and I
West Side Story
Guys and Dolls
My Fair Lady
Music Man
Hello Dolly
Fiddler on the Roof
How to Succeed Without Really Trying
Rock and Concept Shows
o 1970s intelligent design and intelligent audience
o Concept show : plot is based around a premise, idea, or theme
o Emerging director / choreographer
o New topics explored
o Revivals
Chorus Line
Sweeney Todd
British Invasion
o 1980s
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o British mega-musicals
Huge special effects
Spectacle over substance
Les Misérables
Phantom of the Opera
Into the Woods
Little Shop of Horrors
Corporate Musicals and Revues
o 1990s
o The Disneyfication of Broadway
o Corporation pay to have musicals written and produced
Lost of creative and intelligent works
o Movies into musicals
o Revue-musical based around the music of an artist or artists (i.e. Four Seasons)
Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
Legally Blonde
Mary Poppins
Jersey Boys
Mamma Mia
The Other
o Can not always be defined
o Create a new form
o Hybrid styles of older forms
o The re-emerging television musicals
Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, Grease Live
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Book of Mormon
Lin Manuel's musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton
o Cast minorities in the roles
o Uses Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, Pop, and Musical Theatre styles in the score
o Cast recording won a Grammy
Opened in 2015 and is continually sold-out
Broadway Legends
o Rodgers & Hammerstein
Pulitzer prize for South Pacific
Oklahoma is often credited as the original book musical
Known for depiction of social issues in their musicals
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