It is an original broad way production that was directed and choreographed by the talented Michael Bennett and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler. The combination of the minds and artistry of these three is beyond any words to compare. The genius behind Dreamgirls is indeed beyond doubt, and it brought many highly entertaining moments for the audience to see. Though the story by itself has many intriguing characters and an interesting plot, the whole production still worked hard to make the stage and delivery of the show as spectacular as ever. The highly popular Broadway hit unfolds a story of the journey of a female singing group during the 1960s.
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.
For the first time Showboat would introduce a well written production with incorporated and advanced music and lyrics that furthered the plot. The caricature style of gaudy actions and unrealistic productions were gone. For the first time the plot was just as important as the music. The new format of an elevated production along with the controversial topics of the time shook the customs of musical theater. Showboat is often considered one of the most influential American productions because it made a timeless statement about the Civil War era culture of the American south and established a new genre of theater.
Broadway musical, flashy lights and choreography. It is an memorable night at New York City during christmas to someone, and it is a life time dream to make true to some people. According to American Theatre Wing, 80% of shows open on Broadway end up losing money. However, Broadway investors and producers do anything they can to make “the show”, the show will have years of run on Broadway, the show will tour around the nation, and the show will make millions of dollars. They adapt new trends and style to become a “hit”.
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.
A song makes you feel a thought.” This is the very characteristic that has allowed musical theatre to not only survive but to continuously impact humanity over the course of history, from humble ancient antecedents of theatre to the multi-million institution of the modern musical on Broadway. It has consistently proven that although the technological advances of humanity and the mediums from which information is conveyed to the masses are always changing, that the musical theatre shall always remain as a defining cultural trait of humanity. The very antecedents of the musical theatre can be traced back to Europe in the Fifth Century Before Common Era, where music and dance were common inclusions to stage comedies and tragedies in Greek theatre. Famous dramatists such as Aeschylus and Sophocles would compose their own music to accompany their plays and choreographed the dances of the chorus. This trend would continue all the way into the Third Century Before Common Era, very well depicted by the Roman comedies of Plautus which similarly included classic song and dance routines to be performed in coercion with the orchestrations.
The Tony Award was for “Best Costume Design of a Musical”. And the three Drama Desk Awards were for “Outstanding Actress in a Musical”, “Outstanding Orchestrations”, and “Outstanding Costume Design”. Cinderella has been on broadway since 1958 and is continues to be on broadway with a variety of singers as the lead role. Then it was Julie Andrews, now it’s Carly Rae Jepsen but the story stays true to it’s tale (Wikipedia).
In the first part of this paper, I discuss the plot, songs and other aspects of the musical such as the awards etc. Later on, I explain how this musical revolutionized the theatre and the cultural effects it had on Americans. Finally, I conclude in the end the historical importance of this musical piece. West Side Story: The musical West Side Story is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This musical was possible due to the efforts of four people, Leonard Bernstein, the composer, Jerome Robbins, the director and choreographer, Arthur Laurents, the playwright, and Stephen Sondheim, the lyricist.
The risk taking and ingenuity Sondheim brought to the art of the musical gave others permission to experiment with non-traditional plot structures, more serious topics, the use of ambiguity, or anything else they could think of in musical format. One writer in particular, Jonathan Larson, was influenced by Sondheim. Larson was personally mentored by Sondheim, and Larson’s hit musical Rent, which featured a group of poor, AIDS stricken artists, may have never been possible if Sondheim had not brought similar, grave topics to the Broadway stage first. The same can be said for many more recent musicals, such as Wicked, Parade, and The Last Five Years (“The
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.