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  1. 1. For next time (4/19): View Annie Hall Monday, April 12, 2010
  2. 2. 2002 Monday, April 12, 2010
  3. 3. The musical Chicago is based on a play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins (July 27, 1896 - August 10, 1969), who had been assigned to cover the 1924 trials of murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner for the Chicago Tribune. Monday, April 12, 2010
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  7. 7. The original 1975 Broadway production ran for a total of 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. Monday, April 12, 2010
  8. 8. Innovative and highly stylized choreographer. He utilized the idea of subtext and gave his dancers something to Bob Fosse (June 23, 1927 – think about during September 23, 1987) was a their numbers. He musical theater choreographer and also began the trend director, and a film director. He won an unprecedented eight Tony of allowing lighting to Awards for choreography, as well influence his work and as one for direction, and received direct an audiencesʼ the Academy Award for Best attention to certain Director in 1972 for Cabaret. things. Monday, April 12, 2010
  9. 9. Chicago's 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival (now approaching 6,000 performances) Monday, April 12, 2010
  10. 10. Bob Fosse: “The time to sing is when your emotional level is too high to just speak anymore, and the time to dance is when your emotions are just too strong to only sing about how you feel.” Monday, April 12, 2010
  11. 11. Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humor, pathos, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. -----Essentially an American evolution from classic opera Monday, April 12, 2010
  12. 12. The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. The songs are used to advance the plot or develop the film's characters. Monday, April 12, 2010
  13. 13. Many of the first “talkies” were musicals: Monday, April 12, 2010
  14. 14. In the ’30’s and ’40’s and early ’50’s musicals were at their height Monday, April 12, 2010
  15. 15. In the late ’50’s & ’60’s movie musical were almost exclusively adaptations from the theatre Monday, April 12, 2010
  16. 16. Contemporary music styles of the Baby-Boomer generation and beyond did not translate particularly well to musical theatre and even worse to film musicals. In addition, the traditional format of “book” musicals was a difficult challenge in the 70’s and ’80’s. Monday, April 12, 2010
  17. 17. Emerging potential.......1996 Evita Monday, April 12, 2010
  18. 18. The first film musical success in the new millenium was: 2001 Monday, April 12, 2010
  19. 19. The success of Moulin Rouge ushered in Chicago in 2002. ......explores the themes of celebrity and scandal in Jazz age Chicago. Directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, (former collaborator of Sam Mendez)and adapted for film by screenwriter Bill Condon, Chicago won six Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture. The film was the first musical film to win the Best Picture Oscar since Oliver! (1968). Monday, April 12, 2010
  20. 20. Why did it work? It established and maintained a strong metaphor that drove the characters and story line. It moved......strong pacing. It utilized exceptional transitions. Rather than engaging the traditional device of the book musical it took a different ploy: --All the musical numbers evolved from Roxie’s imagination...establishing a contrast to the reality of the situation. Monday, April 12, 2010
  21. 21. Opening: From Roxy’s perspective- Gives us a lot of information- Poses a lot of questions- What does Roxy want? Monday, April 12, 2010
  22. 22. Strong Transitions: Monday, April 12, 2010
  23. 23. The MacGuffin .....a plot device that grabs our attention and drives the action Monday, April 12, 2010
  24. 24. The only moral character in the film? Monday, April 12, 2010
  25. 25. Legend: Chita Rivera Monday, April 12, 2010
  26. 26. More envy for Velma Mama Transition Monday, April 12, 2010
  27. 27. Murderer’s Row........ Katalin Hulinski...the Hungarian murderess Monday, April 12, 2010
  28. 28. Changes in Roxie Katalin’s Transitions Monday, April 12, 2010
  29. 29. Summation Monday, April 12, 2010
  30. 30. The Verdict Monday, April 12, 2010
  31. 31. Consider Chicago as as satirical treatment of the following themes. Share your thoughts 'celebrity' 'scandal' 'corruption' Monday, April 12, 2010
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