Part VI. The New and Improved Musical
Part VI. The New and Improved Musical THEA 3355
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Date Created: 09/16/15
Part VI The New and Improved Musical WWII 1941 marked America s entry into war with Japan and joining in the war in Europe and it was a time of great uncertainty in America and a time when people were really concerned with what the future might hold As during WW1 and the Depression people looked to entertainment to help ease the tension and forget their troubles and in some cases for a jolt of patriotism Irving Berlin As he had during WWI with Yip Yip Yaphank Berlin composed a new show to lift moral titled This Is the Army The show was cast entirely with actual service personnel While it did have a imsy plot it was mainly a revue celebrating the military Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein After collaborating with Lorenz Hart for so many years and needing a new partner Richard Rodgers suggested to Oscar Hammerstein that they collaborate on turning the play Green Grow the Lilacs into a musical They did this and the show became Away We Go While the show played its out of town tryout in Boston it was decided the show needed a new song for the last scene It was decided to write a song celebrating the news that the Oklahoma territory was going to become a state The song was such an instant success that the title of the show was changed to Oklahoma Oklahoma lSt Rodgers and Hammerstein show out of 9 Fully integrated dance and music 1St came the story 2nd came the songs that had to support the story 3rd came the choreography that also supported the story Agnes de Mille is credited with changing Broadway Dance by having the action in the dance tell the story instead of just being entertaining interludes Her Dream Ballet in Oklahoma about Laurie deciding who to take to the box social was considered a milestone moment and she continued to further integrate dance with Carousel 1St Broadway Musical to release an Original Cast Album best seller 1St show to use the subtitle musical play emphasizing the importance of the story Even though the plot of the show and the Agnes de Mille ballet are considered a milestone the story is rather simple Who will Laurie take to the box social But its importance was the firm establishment of the integrated musical Every year there are over 600 productions of Oklahoma in America and on any given day there are 2 separate performances of the show taking place somewhere in America The only Broadway musical where the title song Oklahoma became the official state song of Oklahoma On the Town Based on the ballet Fancy Free choreographed by Jerome Robbins Music Leonard Bernstein Lyrics Betty Comden amp Adolph Green Most noted for continuing the integrated musical format Featuring empowered female characters Catchy score featuring the hit song New York New York Brought Jerome Robbins the choreographer to Broadway Carousel Rodgers and Hammerstein s 2nd show Based on the play Liliom The show has a very serious and sad plot Can love overcome death Most noted for its beautiful score Carousel Waltz If I Loved You You ll Never Walk Alone Soliloquy The choreography by Agnes de Mille once again proved a pivotal part of the show The show has had a couple of successful revivals and was made into a movie however it really needs excellent actors and singers to pull off the sentimentality Rodgers and Hammerstein were to dominate Broadway for almost the next two decades and helped usher in the Golden Era of Broadway
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