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[Music 2701A/B] - Final Exam Guide - Ultimate 41 pages long Study Guide!


Department
Music
Course Code
Music 2701A/B
Professor
Kristina Baron- Woods
Study Guide
Final

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Music 2701A/B
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Rock Musical on Broadway:
First acclaimed rock musical was Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Began in 1965 as a series of workshops at Ellen Stewart’s La Mama Experimental
Theatre Club
First performed at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in 1967
Moved to the Cheetah - a Midtown Disco
Opened on Broadway in April 1968 at the Baltimore
Ran for 1750 performances Closed in mid 1971
Solidified genre of rock musical as a legitimate form of musical theatre- although not the
first to use rock and roll
Hard to define rock musical
Some major markers:
!Use of rock and roll music
!The rock band/combo
!Declaring itself rock
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Casting Subversions:
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!Found actors - taken from the streets
!Not all trained - real, raw
Music:
!Rock, Gospel, R&B, Soul
!Rock aesthetic and textures
Ideological Subversions:
!Not the America of Oklahoma!
!Hair brought the ideal of the youth counterculture to stage Sexual Revolution
!Drugs, Civil Rights, Anti-War Irreverence for the American Flag
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Rent
!Rock musical
!Music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson
!Began previews off-Broadway at NYTW (New York Theatre Workshop) in late
!January, 1996
!Opened on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre April 29, 1996
!Closed September 7, 2008
A fusion of several elements including :
!Puccini's opera La bohème
!Larson's first-hand observations of the AIDS crisis
!Larson's own poverty and living situation
!Considerable amounts of workshopping
Workshopping
!Difficult but necessary process for Larson
!Larson ended up making changes based on dramaturg (playwright advisor) Lynn
!Thomson's suggestions, as well as the director and producer of the show
!Show changed considerably in the workshopping process (audio of early NYTW
!recordings are available on YouTube)
!Billy Aronson, writer – involved at the start
!Aronson wanted comedy, Larson didn't
!Larson picked up the project alone, but kept only 3 songs Aronson had worked
!on
Larson died unexpectedly the day of Rent's first preview
His death inspired much attention, but also derailed the usual editing process
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