Part III. Musical Revue
Part III. Musical Revue THEA 3355
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by KimberlyQuan on Monday September 7, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to THEA 3355 at University of Texas at El Paso taught by Gregory Taylor in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 87 views. For similar materials see Broadway Musicals in Theatre at University of Texas at El Paso.
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Date Created: 09/07/15
Part III The Musical Revue September 3 2015 The revues contained a bit of everything but were de nitely not musicals like we think of them today They featured Star performers singing hit songs Comedy sketches of topical humor like SNL Entertaining dance numbers There may have been a unifying theme but there was not a full storyplot At this time operettas were still very popular Sigmund Romberg operettas Blossom Time 0 The Student Prince 0 The Dessert Song George Gershwin started as a rehearsal pianist and song salesman but later became a great American song writer He would become well known as a composer and Ira Gershwin would be the lyricist Shuf e Along Eubie Blake 0 This was the 1St black musical after WWI and the lstjazz musical written directed designed and acted entirely by African Americans 0 1St show to feature a romantic plot onstage It still had some denigrating elements like Minstrel shows but at least it was being done by African Americans themselves and not by whites making fun 0 1St time in Broadway history that a section of the best seats orchestra section were set aside just for black audience members Eubie a musical revue done in 1978 featured his music Rodgers and Hart 0 Richard Rodgers is one of the most successful composers in musical theatre and Larry Hart was considered one of the greatest lyricists At this point they were famous for o The song Manhattan We39ll hear more about them later Up to this point we have seen the popularity of the Follies type of entertainment Revues Operettas Minstrel Shows Mindless potess shows Then it is 1927 and that all changed Show Boat 1St adult musical 1St show to deserve the title of musical theatre It is said that there are 2 eras in musical theatre Everything BEFORE Show Boat and everything AFTER Show Boat Composed by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein This show was based on a novel by Edna Ferber that followed a decades long story of life on a Mississippi river boat It featured a serious story with an integrated book and score that dealt with The life of blacks in the South Race relations Bigotry Race mixing Alcoholism In delity Death Quite a change from tap dance and seminude girls seen in Ziegfeld shows Audiences were shocked when the curtain went up and on the stage were a group of black men loading cotton on a boat while singing about their miserable lives Up to this point shows usually always started with a line of pretty girls dancing OI Man River became its most famous song but at the time the songs from Show Boat were hits across the country Famous for not having a curtain call because of the seriousness of the ending it felt inappropriate Nowadays people are used to applauding at the end of shows regardless of tragedy
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