Accessed: 17/4/10 Allen Cohen & Steven L. Rosenhaus. 2006. Writing Musical Theatre. 175 Fifth Ave, New York, N.Y. PALGRAVE MACMILLAN.
One example of this is whether he was educated, his works indicate that he probably was and it is speculated that he attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford. It is known that he married Anne Hathaway at the age of eighteen and had three kids, Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet died when he was eleven years of age. The years following the birth of his children until he began working in London in theatre are known as “the lost years” of Shakespeare’s life. When documentation picks back up, Shakespeare’s career is in full swing working in London as an established actor and has published his first two poems.
From the late 1800’s up through the present date, musical theater has changed. Though customs and love for the theater will always be carried on, origins, trends, and styles will change throughout time. “The American musical was born long before European operetta crossed the Atlantic. In The American Musical Stage Before 1800. Julian Mates tells us that “America’s early theatres were essentially lyric theatres…In America, no earlier dramatic forms existed, and the musical stage became our only tradition (musicals101.com)”.
The creation of the Metropolitan Opera was spearheaded by a man named George H. Warren and a group of seventy wealthy acquaintances of his, including the Vanderbilts, the Morgans, and the Goulds who were dissatisfied with the Academy of Music in New York due to architectural flaws in the building, such as lack of open box seats for the wealthy and no space to expand the viewing area. Few wealthy families, who were unwilling to heed to the desires of others to own the box temporarily, monopolized the box seats, leaving many prospective box owners and operagoers out to dry. Therefore, the group’s meeting led to a resolution to construct their own suitable opera house. In the post-Civil War society of the time, great importance was placed on artistic endeavors, which also afforded an opportunity to incur profit by creating a grandiose theater. They hired a prominent architect of the time named J. Cleveland Cady to design the building in New York.
Its time of glamour and glitz was almost forgotten, and was in need of being saved. That is why Oklahoma! is considered a rebirth of the American musical theatre at the time. It brought Broadway back to life, filling theatre seats with enthusiastic audiences who embraced the changes of this new theatre musical with open arms and made it a legend. Oklahoma!