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Lecture 18

THEA 112G Lecture 18: American Theatre
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Department
Theatre Arts
Course
THEA 112G
Professor
Dobson
Semester
Spring

Description
American MusicalTheatre  • Musicaltheatre:Aformof theatrecombiningmusic,songs,danceand spokendialogue  ◦ Musicalmomentsof greatestdramaticintensityareoftenperformedin song •  Authors:Collaborativepartnershipwithcomposer(music),Lyricist(lyrics), andplaywright(Script) • Musicalsarea20thcenturyinvention    Broadways Birth  • 1902to1920  • Beganasvaudevillevarietyactswithmusicinterludes(talentshows) • ZiegfiledFollies: ◦ Mostpopularvarietyshowwhichincludedcomicscenesinterspersed withmusicalnumbers.VarietyshowsdidNOTadvancestoryforward throughmusicalnumbers    Pre-GoldenAge  • 1920to1943  • ShowBoat(1927) ◦ First serious American musical  ◦ Took serious issues such as the status of African Americans and laws against miscegenation  ◦ Play used music to advance plot  • Revealedinformationaboutcharacters  • Connectaudiencetotheemotionalworldof theplay   The GoldenAge • 1940's-1960's • Musicalsthatpossessedlightheartedmomentsbutseriousissuesattheheart of theplays • Oklahoma!(1943) ◦ Markedtheviabilityof thecommercialsuccessof theseriousmusical play ◦ Toldthe"AmericanStory"providinginsightintothefarmandranching lifeinOklahoma.ThemusicalisbasedonLynnRiggs'1931play,green growthelilacs.SetinOklahomaterritoryoutsidethetownof Claremorein1906,ittellsthestoryof cowboyCurlyMcLainandhis romancewithfarmgirlLaureyWilliams ◦ Ranforanunprecedentedrecordof 2,212performancesonBroadway • WestSideStory(1957) ◦ Musicaladaptationof Shakespeare's"RomeoandJuliet"tomodern dayNewYorkCity ◦ ConvertedthefeudingCapuletandMontaguefamilieswithwarring gangs,thesharksandtheJets. ◦ Exploredinterracialrelationships MusicalsinTransition • 1960's-1980's • Musicof BroadwaynolongerreflectedthemusicofAmerica.Neededmusic thatcouldconnecttowh
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