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.
Gypsy provided tremendous entertainment while still giving the audience real material that was thought provoking. Audience members find themselves tapping their toes to the good beats and catchy lyrics, but also wondering what are Rose’s true motives and other storyline questions. Work coming after Gypsy such as, Chicago incorporated this fun-spirited yet dynamic story to the overall musical experience. This is a significant impact on the world of American musical theatre, because American musicals had already been well established by the late 1950s. In conclusion, Gypsy is an American musical that has helped shape the role of complex storylines with high entertainment into the world of theatre.
Cameron loved to use magnificent scenery designs and lighting. In 1985, musical Les Misérables, using a huge barricade set and spinning stage, opened on West End, London. Thanks to the success of Les Misérables, Mackintosh and Webber were able to produce additional mega musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and Miss Saigon. Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “Thru-sung score is my favorite, but it’s just expensive” (Healy). Thru-song score is a type of musical score in which all the lines are sung and none are spoken.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is an upbeat musical about a girl with big hopes and dreams in 1920s New York City. The show involves large ensemble dance numbers and fantastic vocal performances. It received rave reviews from the first preview and songs from the show can still be heard at auditions around the world. Thoroughly Modern Millie is truly a show that all ages can enjoy and love. Originally, Thoroughly Modern Millie was a 1967 movie-musical starring Julie Andrews as the title role.
It convey different plot that enhance and portray each character’ personality into musical movie with humor and ironic. The movie has a vibrant set, several entertaining musical sequence, richly hued costumes and the finest actors. Furthermore, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella have the perfect casts to played in this movie. The color blind casting for this movie were a genius because the casts, which were chosen based off the
Showboat; a Revolutionary Production The 1900’s were a time for great transformations and growth within the theatrical community. Of all types of theater that were developed during that period, musical theater matured into a more respected and widely desired form of entertainment. Musical theater transformed from blackface minstrel shows with gag productions into pieces of reputable theater. One of the most influential productions in making that turn into sophistication is Showboat. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber Showboat was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II (Smith 627).
David Lister remarks that Lloyd Webber received this compliment due to his composition, The Beautiful Game. It is not the only show Lloyd Webber has that has been popular. Andrew Lloyd Webber composed Cats, A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Phantom of the Opera. Cats has by far been his most loved musical because of its long running of high audience attendance. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Cats is the longest running musical in American Theatre history on Broadway.
The Beggars’ Opera was so popular it performed every year after it opened in the 18th century. The Beggars’ Opera is one of the best examples of a ballad opera of all time. The unparalleled comedy, influences of satires, and irony makes this piece acceptably unique. The music took the play to a whole new element while remaining entertaining and witty. While controversial, the show realism allows the audience to connects easier to the piece.
This time my seat was located up at the front so I had a great view of the stage. This particular theatre is my favorite, it is very open and you can see from every seat. This musical is known to be a musical comedy which deals with different themes, unique text, and extraordinary technical elements. The musical Urinetown started off quite differently than the other plays and dances that I have attended this semester. As the lights began to fade, the audience slowly got quiet and the sound of an orchestra amplified the room.
Due to higher budgets and musical theatre reaching its peak, shows like Cats changed the way theatre published and promoted. In the past, shows had only souvenir programs or shirts, but Cats’ signature pair of yellow eyes, plastered the show’s logo, across coffee cups, jackets, ornaments, key chains, pins etc.- anything that could be thought of, changing the course of advertising. These “Brit Hits” showed a promising future for musical theatre, bringing in tens of thousands of new fans and showcasing a real ‘WOW’ factor through the ideal of big budgets, big effects, big orchestration, big casts and overall, big