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Part 9. Approaching a Golden Age

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Part 9. Approaching a Golden Age THEA 3355

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GPA 3.3
Broadway Musicals
Gregory Taylor

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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by KimberlyQuan on Monday October 5, 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 48 views. For similar materials see Broadway Musicals in Theatre at University of Texas at El Paso.


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Date Created: 10/05/15
Approaching a Golden Ag October 1 2015 West Side Story Music Leonard Bernstein Lyrics Stephen Sondheim Book Arthur Laurents Directed amp Choreographed Jerome Robbins Offers a true combination of music lyrics book and dance Jerome Robbins choreography is considered an authorship by many A quotmodernquot retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in 19505 New York City A stylized quottough and grittyquot musical with murder and rape as part of the plot not the kind of things in most musical comedies of the time Considered one f the true classics of musical theatre Excellent movie version lmed on location in NYC The Music Man GYPSY Music Lyrics and Book Meredith Wilson An ode to the innocence of a bygone era in America The story follows a conman playing his trade in River City Iowa in 1912 Full of eccentric characters and a frothy plot concerning a boys band The Music Man is one o the most popular titles today The original production starred Robert Preston who was not a trained singer but was so identi ed with the role he went on to star in the lm Most famous song quot76 Trombonesquot Music Julie Styne Lyrics Stephen Sondheim Book Arthur Laurents Based on the life of the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee but actually ended up focusing on her overbearing stage mother and her determination to make her children stars Considered to be on of the best musicals ever written Ethel Merman39s nest role Has won a Tony Nomination as Best Actress for every actress who has played the role on Broadway Sound of Music Music Richard Rodgers Lyrics and Book Oscar Hammerstein Written for Mary Martin star of South Paci c Followed the story of the Trapp Family Singers Most successful of the RampH musicals Stage musical is very old fashioned and some say sickengly sweet but the more famous lm versions was well written and extremely popular Considered one of the top lms of all time The song quotEdelweissquot is the last song written by RampH before Hammerstein s death For the rst time in history the lights of Broadway and the West End were both dimmed in his honor Some of the songs in the lm were written by Roders by himself Bye Bye Birdie Music Charles Strouse Lyrics Lee Adams Book Michael Stewart One of the rst musicals to use rock an roll as the subject matter Birdie features a thin plot about an quotElvisquot type character who has been drafted into the Army Before he reports there is a nationwide contest to nd a girl to give him quotone last kissquot on the Ed Sullivan Show One of the most popular musicals performed by community theatre and high schools The Fantasticks Music Harvey Schmidt Lyrics and Book Tom Jones Small off Broadway musical about young love No set effects special lights special costumes 1 harp and 1 piano Ran for 42 years at the Sullivan Playhouse making it the longest run of a musical in the world The Mousetrap in London is the longest running play


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