Oklahoma! set new standards for classic American theatre by introducing new techniques of presenting the musical to the audience, introducing a new genre of music into the theatre, and strayed away from the usual classic form and structure of a musical that audiences had grown used to. It was a time of change, a time of excitement,... ... middle of paper ... ...ve musical that riveted audiences and even continues to attract audiences all over the world to this day. Although Oklahoma! premiered some 40 years ago, and its style of music and dance have grown old with the passing of time, it still demands respect for its combination and imaginative ideas that revolutionized the musical industry at the time.
Theatre has heavily evolved over the past 100 years, particularly Musical Theatre- a subgenre of theatre in which the storyline is conveyed relying on songs and lyrics rather than dialogue. From its origination in Athens, musical theatre has spread across the world and is a popular form of entertainment today. This essay will discuss the evolution and change of musical theatre from 1980-2016, primarily focusing on Broadway (New York) and the West End (London). It will consider in depth, the time periods of: The 1980s: “Brit Hits”- the influence of European mega musicals, the 1990s: “The downfall of musicals”- what failed and what redeemed, and the 2000s/2010s: “The Resurgence of musicals”- including the rise of pop and movie musicals. Concluding
What is critically known as the best American musical, Gypsy provides American musical theatregoers with dynamic characters, a captivating story and extraordinary music. Gypsy is an American musical that is based on the self-written book, “The Memoirs of ‘Gypsy Rose Lee’”. It is often referred to as, Gypsy: A Musical Fable. The musical made its debut on May 21, 1959 at The Broadway Theatre in Manhattan. The characters have been subject to many in depth analysis throughout its lifetime, adding a lot of new content and progressive thinking to the world of musical theatre.
Dreamgirls: A Feast for the Ears and Soul There are many great musicals that the world has ever seen in the past years. Some have often brought us to tears while some may have brought to us to a world far beyond our imagination’s reach. In a world where television and the internet have often given us too many options to choose from as a form of entertainment, the soul and level of perfection still brought about by the broad way musicals are still one of the best for some of us. When talking about musicals, one may never miss the word “Dreamgirls,” for it is arguably one of the most highly-acclaimed and loved musical of many theater and musical fans. For many years, it has brought us fabulous productions and impeccable performances that will not just delight our ears but our souls as well.
The idea to produce the musical what first born when Disney’s CEO, Michael Eisner, witnessed Paige O’Hara (The original voice of belle) and Jerry Orbach (The original voice of Lumiere) perform musical highlights of the film at an awards presentation. The show was produced quite quickly and previews began on March the 9th, 1994, and with good reviews it ran for 5461 performances. Its success was backed up with many award nominations at the Tony’s, such as best musical, best book of a musical, best original score and best costume design to which it won. It could be said that this achievement inspired The making of more Disney musicals to follow such as The lion king, Der Glockner von Notre dame, Aida, On the record, Tarzan, Mary Poppins, The little mermaid and most recently Newsies. It has been implied that Disney’s... ... middle of paper ... ... obvious to think that the subject of the war is close to many people’s hearts.
Unlike now many things had changed from the past. Beside the libretto, music is also one of the most important parts of an opera. The music is the mood setter of the show, the sense in the opera depends... ... middle of paper ... ..., the story is a twist from stories written in the present days. Being able to see an opera live was a wonderful experience but at the same time it has some ups and downs. Being able to see all kinds of art combined in to one was amazing; the story, the music, singing, dancing, costumes, scenery, etc… those being all the ups of the opera.
If people did not understand the language or the plot, the music could make it easier for them to follow along. Secondly, on the stage music played a very important role. Music contributed to the atmosphere and set the mood in many of Shakespeare’s plays. There was a special musicians’ gallery above the stage, the music sometimes was played on the stage, and there were occasions when it was played under the stage to achieve an eerie effect. During comedy plays gentle songs would be played with the lute and during tragedies and histories the sounds of trumpets and drums would echo through the theater.
Dance plays a significant role in musical theatre by allowing there to be vibrance in the show. Imagine going to see "Mamma Mia" but instead of kinetic actors, you had placid singers standing in the same spot for a whole song. That is what dance has and continues to do for musical theatre, it allows there to be motion whether it be in large dance numbers or in small solos. Dancer allows the actors to express the song through more than just singing. Of course, theatrical dance is still performed and will be until theatre is dead but the style of it has evolved.
The general misconception of these musicals is that the music will be unable to form a narrative. I believe this is false and a story can stem from music as effectively as music can stem from a story. Don’t most songs tell a story? I believe jukebox musicals can be just as good if not better if the audience is familiar with the music beforehand. If they are popular tunes, the audience members have more than likely put their own experiences in the context of the song prior to viewing the show.
Musical revues give the feeling of taking a journey in the 3rd person perspective to the audience. Because of its unique style and low budget needs, revue musicals encouraged colleges and regional theatres to develop their own music and story. Off-Broadway’s experimental and creative shows have affected Broadway community too. The Book of Mormon, a new musical made by creators of Avenue Q and inspired by many experimental Off-Broadway show is considered one the most cynical, creative, and successful broadway musical of the decade. Though it is crucial to follow the trend adapt new things, Broadway producers should remember that there is a beauty in classical values.