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American Musical

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  • The American Musical
  • Precursive & Contemporaneous Genres
    • Vaudeville
    • Revues
        • Ziegfeld follies
    • Operettas
  • Musicals
    • Stage play plus singing and dancing
    • Popular styles
    • Often comedic
  • What is one difference between Operettas and Musicals?
    • 1) Operettas are performed in theatres, Musicals are not
    • 2) Operettas have spoken dialogue, Musicals do not
    • 3) Operettas are more closely tied to the classical tradition, while Musicals are oriented toward popular song.
    • Vehicle for star performer, loose plots
    • Showboat (1927) changed this
    • Jerome Kern, music
    • Oscar Hammerstein II, text and lyrics
    • social issues
    Showboat (1927)
    • “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”
    • “Ol’ Man River”
    • 1) It combined music and acting
    • 2) Its plot dealt with sensitive issues such as racism
    • 3) There was a working river on the stage
    One of the innovative features of Showboat was?
  • Oklahoma! (1943)
    • Richard Rogers, music; Hammerstein, lyrics
    • Based on Lynn Riggs play Green Grow the Lilacs
    • Unprecedented run of 2, 212 performances
    • Special Pulitzer prize awarded 1944
    • Set in 1906, Oklahoma territory
    • Curley and Laurey
    • “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’”
    • “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”
    • “Oklahoma”
    • 1) Kern and Berlin
    • 2) Rogers and Hammerstein
    • 3) George and Ira Gershwin
    • 4) San Francisco Giants
    Oklahoma! was a product of the outstanding team:
  • West Side Story (1957)
    • Leonard Bernstein, music
    • Stephen Sondheim, lyrics
    • Arthur Laurents, book
    • Jerome Robbins, choreography
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    • retelling of Romeo & Juliet
    • Jets & Sharks
    • Tony & Maria
    • Anita & Bernardo
    • 1) Street gangs: one White (Polish) and the other Puerto Rican
    • 2) Two fathers: one works in a nuclear power plant, the other owns the Kwik-e-Mart
    In West Side Story , the role of the “feuding families” is played by
    • “Cool”
    • “Maria”
    • “America”
    • “Tonight”