Broadway musicals, part 1

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Broadway musicals, part 1

  1. 2. The first true producer of the American musical revue was a first generation German immigrant named FLORENZ ZIEGFIELD
  2. 3. <ul><li>Florenz Ziegfield, Jr. was the son of the head of the successful Chicago College of Music. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1893, “Flo’s” father opened a nightclub in Chicago designed to coincide with the opening of Chicago’s World Fair. </li></ul><ul><li>Flo travelled to NYC to find a headliner for the club. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Travelling about NYC, he found that the entertainment downtown was made up of: <ul><li>Minstrel shows </li></ul><ul><li>Song and dance </li></ul><ul><li>European style operettas </li></ul>
  4. 5. Ziegfield’s Follies <ul><li>Ziegfield combined all that he saw into a new type of American performance: Ziegfield’s Follies </li></ul>
  5. 6. In 1904, something BIG happened to make Broadway what it is today… <ul><li>Times Square subway station opens. The IRT subway line brings New Yorkers rapid transit and access to the new theater district. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Ziegfield’s Follies <ul><li>Bert Williams </li></ul><ul><li>In 1910, Ziegfield took a characteristic RISK and cast Bert Williams, a black man, as one of the comics in his follies. This was the first instance of a black performer acting alongside white performers. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Other Performers of Note <ul><li>George M. Cohan: the first “song and dance man” </li></ul><ul><li>Fanny Brice: one of the first female comedians (the musical “Funny Girl” is based on her story) </li></ul>

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