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Intro to Theatre, Week 11 Notes

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Intro to Theatre, Week 11 Notes CO 1503

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Intro to Theatre
William Stockstill
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rebecca Smith on Tuesday April 12, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CO 1503 at Mississippi State University taught by William Stockstill in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 10 views. For similar materials see Intro to Theatre in Communication at Mississippi State University.

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Date Created: 04/12/16
Intro to Theatre Musical Theatre The American Theatre  Came from America  A theatrical production utilizing popular song styles as a method of storytelling  2 different types o Book Musical o Concept Musical Book Musical  1600s o Started with Opera  A story told almost exclusively with music  Originally produced for the aristocracy and court  Used spectacular effects to dazzle and impress  Incorporates all aspects of fine arts  Larger than life, spectacle  1700s o Ballad Opera  Reset popular songs to new lyrics  Emerged out of the vogue for Italian Opera  Modern Ballad Opera is Moulin Rouge  Uses countless contemporary songs o 1728  Martin Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera  Commoners can sing along with the songs  1850s o Operetta  Comic opera  Romantic comedy  Witty lyrics  Gilbert and Sullivan  Added more dialogue  Liked satire  1900s o Vaudeville  American entertainment  Variety show  Musicians, jugglers, dancers, magicians, actors, acrobats  No story, just scenes  400 BCE o Greek Theatre  Choral odes were song and dance numbers  Dialogue was chanted or spoken rhythmically  Disney’s Hercules was not far off from traditional Greek theatre  What is a Book Musical? o The book of a musical is the spine of the production o All dramatic action is integrated and grows out of the plot o Rather than stopping the action of the play for a song  1927 Show Boat o First Book Musical o Both dialogue and musical numbers moved the action of the story forward  Why do we sing in musicals? o Entertainment o Express emotions  1943 Oklahoma! o Game changer o Dance, dialogue, and song are all used to tell the same story o Further moved towards creating a realistic world on stage o Characters moved in and out of song naturally  Rogers and Hammerstein o 1940’s and 1950’s o Golden age of musical theatre o Heartening and cheerful songs o Not simply romantic comedies of early Musical theatre o Included darker social issues  1957 West Side Story o Perfection of the Book Musical o Romeo and Juliet transported to 1950s Manhattan o Dance, song, and story emphasized racial tensions Concept Musical  A musical which explores ideas in a non-traditional structure or approach  New way of telling stories plots aren’t necessary  Non-linear storytelling  Metaphors and ideas concerning society, relationships, political freedom, philosophy, and storytelling  1967 Hair o First major Concept Musical o Product of the culture o Themes were anti-war, peace, love, and freedom  Exploration of what the musical could do  1970s o Varying types and styles o Chicago, Pippin, Sweeney Todd, The Wiz, Grease  Rock Musical o Popular rock score rather than traditional o A new way to broaden the audience o Jesus Christ Superstar o Andrew Lloyd Webber  1980s o The British Mega Musical o Imports from England o Cats  Andrew Lloyd WEbber  Concept Musical  Told with dance  Individual connected stories o The Phantom of the Opera  Andrew Lloyd Webber  Longest running musical in history  Over 10,000 performances o Les Miserables  Historical  Epic 1990s  Broadway takes a hit  Times Square is not family friendly  City of New York partnered with the Walt Disney Company to clean up the city o Disney would bring musicals to Broadway o New York would create a family friendly environment o Cleaning up Times Square o Performed in the New Amsterdam Theatre  1994 Beauty and the Beast o Disney Theatrical adapted successful cartoon musicals to the stage o Huge success  1997 The Lion King o Disney found success, both critical and financial, with their production of the Lion King o Was the highest grossing Broadway show in history (Wicked passed it recently) o Julie Taymor made it more African o The Lion King went beyond Beauty and the Beast in translation from screen to stage  Disney o Huge success on Broadway o Searched for commercial success o Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Newsies  Movie Musical o Companies saw the profitability in movie adaptations o Soon producers would seek to reproduce this formula o 2002 The Producers  Based on the 1968 film by Mel Brooks o Adaptions of popular movies to Broadway o Found financial success o Hairspray, Catch Me if You Can, Shrek, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, Sister Act, Billy Elliot, Spamalot  Modern Original Musicals o Most musicals are adaptions of some original source o Wicked, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening  Jukebox Musical o Musicals built around the music of an artist o Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages  Southpark does Broadway o Original and satirical o Uses all the tools produced by the history of Broadway o Book of Mormon  Revivals o Take older musicals and revive it and put it on Broadway o Because not many originals anymore o Has own Tony Award category


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