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Survey of musical Theatre FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE!!

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Survey of musical Theatre FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE!! THEA 11013

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Survey Of Musical Theatre
Dr. Michael James
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Date Created: 04/25/16
04/26/2016 ▯ NOW ON BROADWAY  28 musicals currently  last semester only 24  long- running successes ▯ book of Mormon  5 years  opened in 2011  premium seats $477  Regular orch. Seat $165  From creators of “south park”  $11.4m recouped only 9 months ▯ Wicked  13.5 years  over a billion $$ ▯ Lion king  19 years  earned 1.25 $$ ▯ The Phantom of the Opera  28.5 years  $1.05 billion  Revivals on bdwy ▯ Les Miserables  2 years  one of the original british invasion ▯ Chicago  29 years  Jukebox musicals ▯ Beautiful the Carole King Musical  2 years  chart-topping music legend  strong, true story  songwriter to top pop vocalist  starred Jesse hueller ▯ Jersey Boys  Frankie Valli and the four seasons  True, high-energy story  10.5 years Other Musicals ▯ Kinky Boots  3 years  recouped 13.5 million in 30 weeks  won best musical tony  old shoe factory begins making boots for drag queens  based on film and inspired by true story ▯ Matilda  3 years  written by Roald Dahl  Recouped 16 mill in 1.5 years  3 teams of children revolving  British import If a show lasts for a year, it’ll probably get all its money back ▯ Aladdin  2 years  lots of fabrics; lots of styles of beads  pair of pants in finale with a bajillion Swarovski crystals  $15 million  mixed reviews ▯ Something Rotten  1 year  1950s England- Elizabethan era  two brothers write world’s first musical  an ORIGINAL idea- not from film, book, or play  a parody and homage to Broadway ▯ Finding Neverland  Semi-autobiographical story of JM Barrie  Shut out by Tony awards- no nominations  Producers- Weinstein brothers  1 year  mixed reviews from critics ▯ An American in Paris  A NEW Gershwin musical  Based on famous 1951 film  Heavy dance show- stars come from ballet ▯ The King and I  Rodgers and Hammerstein  Fourth revival  Anna and king of Siam ▯ Fun Home  2015- best musical tony  based on graphic novel of father/daughter relationship  a “memory” play  oldest daughter is looking back on life  a family “tragicomedy”  first mainstream musical about a young lesbian  Based on A Film ▯ School of Rock  Rock music by Andrew Lloyd webber  Last broadway success was 1997- sunset boulevard  Based on the film th  Teacher imposter has 5 graders enter battle of the bands ▯ American Psycho  Rock music- lyrics by Duncan Sheik  Based on film  Wall street banker by day- serial killer by night- 1980s NYC  Opened last night! ▯ Waitress All female creative team  Stars Jessie Mueller  Based on film  Small town waitress/expert pie maker in loveless marriage  Wins baking contest  Just opened ▯ Tuck Everlasting  Based on film  Young boy and girl discover magic spring that gives eternal life  Just opened ▯ New Revivals ▯ The color purple nd  2 revival  grammy winner Jennifer Hudson in broadway debut  minimal, pared down to unit set  jazz and gospel ▯ She loves me  2 ndrevival  composer/lyricist team that created fiddler on the roof ▯ Fiddler on the Roof  Fifth revival ▯ Shuffle along  First seen in 1921  Revival adaption- o Built a story around original musical ▯ Disaster on Broadway rd  Opened march 8, closing june 3  Not broadway  1980s disco music ▯ Bright Star  Opened March 25  Critics thumbs down  Bluegrass music Story, book, and music by Steve Martin ▯ Hamilton  Won 9 Pulitzer  Color-blind casting  Roughly 144 words/minute in rap song o Helps condense show  It is “sung through” --- an opera  Started as a mixtape  $57M in advance tix sales ▯ Now Playing this season  Based on a Film- 10  Revivals- 7  Jukebox ▯ ▯ ▯ 1990s Broadway 04/26/2016 ▯ Now playing this season  Based on a film- 10 o Lion king o Finding neverland o American in paris o Kinky boots o Alladdin o Color purple o School of rock o waitress  Jukebox- 3 o Jersey boys o Beautiful o On your feet!  Based on book- 7 o Wicked o Phantom o Matilda o Fiddler o Les mis o The king and I o Fun hom (last years tony)  Based on play- 2 o Chicago o She loves me  Revivals- 7 o Chicago o Les mis o The king and i o She loves me o Color purple o Fiddler o Shuffle along  Original ideas- 8 (3 are jukebox) o Book of mormon o Something rotten o Bright star o Disaster o Hamilton Looking forward to  Hello dolly  Singin in the rain  Holiday in o Irving berlin film  Falsettos o 1970s new york- jewish and gay  cats o this summer  Miss Saigon  Motown o Only closed for a year New musicals coming soon  Frozen  Charlie and the chocolate factory o Has been in London for over 2 years  Anastasia  The bandstand o 1940s musical  Come from away o About aftermath and results of 9/11 ▯ The 15 biggest BDWY hits of all time  As of 4.23.16  Just what the shows made on BDWY 15. Hairspray 14. Rent o 12 years o 274.2 M 13. Miss Saigon o 10 years o 285.8M 12. The Producers o 6 years o 288.3M 11. Mary Poppins o 6.5 years o 294.5M 10. Cats o 18 years o 366.4M 9. The Book of Mormon o 5 years and still going o 414.5M+ 8. Beauty in the Beast o 13 years o 429.2M 7. Les Miserables o 16 years o 441M 6. Jersey boys o 10.5 years ands till going o 523.8M+ 5. Chicago o 19.5 years and still going o 550M+ 4. Mamma Mia! o Closed this September o 14 years o 624.3M 3. Wicked o 14.5 years o 1B+ 2. The phantom of the Opera o 28.5 years and still going o 1.04B+ 1. The Lion King o 18.5 years o 1.25B+ ▯ Longest running musicals  6. A chorus line- 6,137  5. Les miserable- 6,680  4. Cats 7,485  3. The Lion king- 7,682+  2. Chicago- 9,079+  1. Phantom- 11,758 Pulitzer Prize Winners  (’31) of thee I sing- folly of politics  (‘49) South pacific- social issues  (’59) Fiorello! – Politics  (’61) How to succeed in business….- big business politics and strong individual drive  (’75) A chorus line- artistic struggle and drive  (’84) Sunday in the park with George- artistic struggle and drive  (’96) Rent- artistic struggle and social issues  (2009) Next to normal- social issues  (2016) Hamilton- politics Across the US  7,000 community theatres o non professional theatres o some are semi-professional  approximately 1,800 non-profit theatres o professional theatres o DFW is 5 largest theatre community in the country o INCLUDING the Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway  3 on broadway  Regional Theatres o 74 in US o professional union theatres o training grounds for shows trying to get to broadway ▯ Broadway  40 theatres  soon to be 41- The Hudson ▯ Off- Broadway  50 Theatres ▯ Off-Off Broadway  200 theatres ▯ Across the US  Unlike broadway (commercial theatre)- EXCEPT the roundabout theatre company  As much as 61% of theatres’ income must come from contributions  NOT ticket sales or other earned income  Average Ticket Price Musical= $103 (deceptive figure.. usually more)  Prices rose 34% in past 5 years  While movie tickets rose 10.8%  Broadway is pricing itself out of reach to many ▯ ▯ 2015-2016 Season  Elizabethan England  Revolutionary america- hamilton  Roaring 20s  1920s black broadway- shuffle along  1930s depression rural Georgia- the color purple  mystical world of Arabia- aladdin  1860s Thailand- the king and i  Wicked- mythical land of oz- wicked  Savannahs of Africa- lion king  Uganda- book of Mormon  1905 Russia- fiddler of the roof  1930s Budapest- she loves me  1945 blue ridge mountains- bright star  revolutionary france- les mis  19 century france- phantom  post world war 2 france- a something in paris  4 trips to great britain o something rotten o finding neverland o kinky boots  small town and middle america o fun home o school of rock o waitress o tuck everlasting- opens tomorrow  great cities of America o beautiful o jersey boys o disaster o American psycho  Concert stages across the US o Jersey boys o Beautiful o On your feet ▯ An actors life  US – 5% unemployment  Actors- 90% unemployment  Usually same 10% always work  Meanest, toughest business in the world  Actors sell their soul  No job is permanent  A way of life  Most must hold other jobs  Constantly being retested  Industry characterized by the biggest supply with the least demand--- over-saturation  More than luck to beat the odds  More than talent to get noticed  Requires 100% faith in self  In NYC getting unemployment means you ARE a working actor  Must work 14 weeks o For 26 weeks of unemployment payments ▯ Manhattan  Economic/cultural center of the US/ global power city  Most densly populated US city  22.7 square miles  72,000 people/square mile  8.3 milion people  theatre district = 14 blocks  Broadway industry- 89,000 jobs (up 3,000 over last year)  Contribute $12.5 billion to NYC economy last year  Generates $500 million in tax revenue  Broadway is one of the longest streets in the world o 33 miles o theatre district- less than a mile  most expensive real estate in country  historic district- all theatres are protected now  “crossroads of the world” ▯ ▯


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