A History of US Musical Theatre

A History of US Musical Theatre

Nathan Hurwitz uses these factors to explain the output of each decade in turn, showing how the most popular productions spoke directly to the audiences of the time.

Author: Nathan Hurwitz

Publisher:

ISBN: 0415715083

Category: History

Page: 260

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From the diverse proto-theatres of the mid-1800s, though the revues of the '20s, the 'true musicals' of the '40s, the politicisation of the '60s and the 'mega-musicals' of the '80s, every era in American musical theatre reflected a unique set of socio-cultural factors. Nathan Hurwitz uses these factors to explain the output of each decade in turn, showing how the most popular productions spoke directly to the audiences of the time. He explores the function of musical theatre as commerce, tying each big success to the social and economic realities in which it flourished. This study spans from the earliest spectacles and minstrel shows to contemporary musicals such as Avenue Q and Spiderman. It traces the trends of this most commercial of art forms from the perspective of its audiences, explaining how staying in touch with writers and producers strove to stay in touch with these changing moods. Each chapter deals with a specific decade, introducing the main players, the key productions and the major developments in musical theatre during that period.
Categories: History

America s Musical Stage

America s Musical Stage

This book discusses the musical stage in all its forms--from burlesque to musical comedy to grand opera--from its beginnings in pre-Revolutionary America to the present day.

Author: Julian Mates

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780275927141

Category: Music

Page: 252

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[This book is] a comprehensive illustrated history of the U.S. musical from its colonial origins to the present, tracing the connections and influences of the minstrel show, operetta, burlesque, melodrama, revues, circus, dance, musical comedy, the Broadway opera, the book musical and other forms. . . . Further, Mates introduces readers to inside stuff--the various types of musical performers. "Variety" American musical theatre has developed as an idigenous art form, with a long history, amazing vitality, and a variety of expression. Julian Mates is the first to show the musical stage in all its guises--from burlesque to musical comedy to grand opera--from its beginning in pre-Revolutionary America to the present day. In addition, this book is the first to explore the relationships between the various forms of musical theatre.
Categories: Music

Beyond Broadway

Beyond Broadway

In Beyond Broadway, author Stacy Wolf looks at the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture, and examines it as a social practice--a live, visceral experience of creating, watching, and listening.

Author: Professor Stacy Wolf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190639556

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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The idea of American musical theatre often conjures up images of bright lights and big city, but its lifeblood is found in amateur productions at high schools, community theatres, afterschool programs, summer camps, and dinner theatres. In Beyond Broadway, author Stacy Wolf looks at the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture, and examines it as a social practice--a live, visceral experience of creating, watching, and listening. Why does local musical theatre flourish in America? Why do so many Americans continue to passionately engage in a century-old artistic practice that requires intense, person-to-person collaboration? And why do audiences still flock to musicals in their hometowns? Touring American elementary schools, a middle school performance festival, afterschool programs, high schools, summer camps, state park outdoor theatres, community theatres, and dinner theatres from California to Tennessee, Wolf illustrates musical theatre's abundance and longevity in the U.S. as a thriving social activity that touches millions of lives.
Categories: Performing Arts

Musical Theatre in America

Musical Theatre in America

Author: Conference on the Musical Theatre in America (1981 : C.W. Post Center)

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press

ISBN: UOM:39015009748701

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 441

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Categories: Performing Arts

The Musical

The Musical

The author reviews these and other highlights of American musicals ... with a fascinating background on the elements that contribute to the success of a Showboat .

Author: Richard Kislan

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 155783217X

Category: Music

Page: 310

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(Applause Books). This revised and expanded edition of Kislan's acclaimed study of America's musical theater includes a new section on "Recent Musical Theater: Issues and Problems." "The ancient union of drama and song, known as musical theater, comes in many forms vaudeville, burlesque, comic opera, minstrels, etc. The author reviews these and other highlights of American musicals ... with a fascinating background on the elements that contribute to the success of a Showboat ." King Features * "Worth study by anyone who still thinks that the musical is a collection of songs." The Stage
Categories: Music

American Musical Theater

American Musical Theater

Oklahoma! and the integrated book musical -- Musical theater in nineteenth-century America -- Broadway at the turn of the century -- The teens -- The twenties -- The thirties -- The forties -- The fifties -- The sixties -- The seventies -- ...

Author: James Leve

Publisher:

ISBN: 0195379608

Category: Musicals

Page: 448

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American Musical Theater provides a chronological history of musical theater within a cultural context. Covering the major artistic trends, seminal works, and leading figures in the field, the text uses case study musicals in each chapter as a lens through which to explore themes and developments in the evolution of musical theater over time. In addition to exposing students to the musical theater canon, author James Leve encourages them to think across the disciplines, drawing on their knowledge of music, literature, popular culture, and history. For anyone from diehard musical theater fans to novices to the style, American Musical Theater offers a definitive guide to this inherently American art form.
Categories: Musicals

The Secret Life of the American Musical

The Secret Life of the American Musical

In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings.

Author: Jack Viertel

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

ISBN: 0374536899

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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A New York Times Bestseller Putting it together, bit by bit: an insider’s look at the anatomy of the Broadway musical For almost thirty years, Jack Viertel has been a major figure in the Broadway theater world—he’s helped create shows like Hairspray, Angels in America, and Into the Woods; served as dramaturg of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; and is currently senior vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which host such shows as The Book of Mormon and Jersey Boys. Not long ago, Viertel noticed that while colleges offer intensive classes on Shakespeare's plays, dissecting them line by line to uncover their structure and meaning, there was nothing that dealt with musical theater in the same in-depth way. And why shouldn’t there be? he asked. If Shakespeare is England’s national theater, aren’t Broadway musicals ours? In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Viertel gives musicals the Shakespeare treatment. The book draws on a range of examples—from Carousel to Wicked, The Music Man to The Book of Mormon—and personal encounters to paint a picture of how Broadway musicals are made, taking you through all the phases of a typical musical theater story, from opening numbers to finales. It’s a hilarious and compelling look at what Viertel has learned over the course of his career, full of observations about the egotists, geniuses, and workaday professionals who have sustained this unique American art form.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical

A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical

For students, these essays provide models of varying approaches and interpretation, equipping them with the skills and understanding to develop their own analysis of key productions.

Author: Elizabeth L. Wollman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472510488

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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This Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical provides the perfect introductory text for students of theatre, music and cultural studies. It traces the history and development of the industry and art form in America with a particular focus on its artistic and commercial development in New York City from the early 20th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on commercial, artistic and cultural events that influenced the Broadway musical for an ever-renewing, increasingly broad and diverse audience: the Gilded Age, the Great Depression, the World War II era, the British invasion in the 1980s and the media age at the turn of the twenty-first century. Supplementary essays by leading scholars provide detailed focus on the American musical's production and preservation, as well as its influence on daily life on the local, national, and international levels. For students, these essays provide models of varying approaches and interpretation, equipping them with the skills and understanding to develop their own analysis of key productions.
Categories: Performing Arts

Influences of Forms of Theatre on Development of American Musical Theatre

Influences of Forms of Theatre on Development of American Musical Theatre

This musical was a first in several ways, primarily in the tight cohesive way music and dialogue combined to further the story, a rather new innovation for the period.

Author: Shani Bufford

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:190959559

Category: Minstrel music

Page: 120

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Musical theatre has come into its own in America; so much so that it has its own distinct identity. The point where American musical theatre came into its own is widely agreed to be in 1927 with the debut of the Kerns/Hammerstein musical Showboat. This musical was a first in several ways, primarily in the tight cohesive way music and dialogue combined to further the story, a rather new innovation for the period. Even with this austere reputation of being innovative, Showboat was not wholly original. This musical, as well as American musical theatre on the whole, was a product of the mingling of styles, a result of influences. Opera, minstrelsy, and vaudeville have collectively left a mark on American musical theatre, making it possible to trace its origins back to their respective histories. Using Showboat as an example of the culmination of the effects of these three on musical theatre in America, it will be shown how each one contributed to its growth. The effect of opera on the overall composition of what would become musical theatre as well as simply introducing the art form to America was significant as a starting point. Minstrelsy would contribute even more to format of theatre, as well as the mix of drama and acting with music as a primary part of the action. Vaudeville made similar contributions, even more clearly refining the ways music could be integral to the movement of a story and actually be a primary component in the staging of a tale. These influences are clearly seen in showboat and provided this revolutionary piece with a groundwork, a foundation to rise from. Showboat, although not directly derivative of opera, minstrelsy, and vaudeville, made use of various devices and formats left to it by its three predecessors to move musical theatre into a new era. All three contributors to American musical theatre, however, have one major point in common. Each introduced the concept of reflecting the issues of American society and history from the stage into what musical theatre would become. Opera, minstrelsy, and vaudeville all made use of preconceptions, misconceptions, and social commentary in America to present their stories. This use of stage to reflect and influence society is one of the strongest links between these three art forms and what became known as American musical theatre.
Categories: Minstrel music

The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity

The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity

This book moves in directions I had never considered, forcing me to think about musicals in a truly fresh way.

Author: Raymond Knapp

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691126135

Category: History

Page: 361

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Along with jazz & the American motion picture, the American musical is a distinctive art form that emerged in the first half of the 20th century. Raymond Knapp explores its origins & the themes that have dominated up to the modern day.
Categories: History

Musical Comedy in America

Musical Comedy in America

A study of the people and plays of America's popular theater from 1864 to 1950

Author: Cecil Michener Smith

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0878305645

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 367

View: 391

A study of the people and plays of America's popular theater from 1864 to 1950
Categories: Performing Arts

Women in American Musical Theatre

Women in American Musical Theatre

American theatre of the 1930s was a different place. American society was reeling in despair as the stock market crashed, crops shriveled into feed for ...

Author: Bud Coleman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476607276

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 292

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Throughout the twentieth century women have made significant contributions to the creation of American musical theatre. Directing, choreographing, writing, arranging, producing and designing musicals in a variety of venues throughout America, women have played a significant role in shaping the development of musical theatre both on and off Broadway and in regional, educational, and community venues. The essays in this book examine the history of women in musical theatre, providing biographical descriptions of the women themselves; analyses and interpretations of their productions; and several accounts of how being a woman affected the artists' careers. Topics include the similarities among the careers of successful but neglected lyricists Rida Johnson Young, Anne Caldwell, and Dorothy Donnelly; the Depression-era productions of Hallie Flanagan and Cheryl Crawford; the transformation of the classic "showgirl" image through the dances and stage movement created by prominent female choreographers; and a survey of numerical data highlighting the discrepancy between the number of men versus the number of women hired to direct professional musical productions in various venues across the United States.
Categories: Performing Arts

William B Gill

William B  Gill

Canadian by birth, Australian by upbringing, William B. Gill trod the boards in the Australian goldfields and the hill-stations of India before going on to try his luck in America.

Author: Kurt Gänzl

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415937671

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 294

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Canadian by birth, Australian by upbringing, William B. Gill trod the boards in the Australian goldfields and the hill-stations of India before going on to try his luck in America. After unpromising beginnings in the backwoods of Utah and Nevada, he scrambled chancily up the tree, to earn leading roles on Broadway as a comedian. He also produced a bundle of shows of his own writing, and before long his extravaganzas, comedies, and dramas were being seen all around America. Among these hits was the show that was to turn out to be the longest running American-made Broadway musical of the century: Adonis. As a straight parody of the Pygmalion legend - but with the sex roles switched, so that a beautiful, male statue comes to life - the play both parodied the excesses of melodrama and comic opera and celebrated them, and Adonis went on to a long life, countless revivals, and a place as a landmark in the history of American theater. Other hugely popular Gill plays and musicals followed Adonis until, with the new century, his style of rip-roaring writing went out of fashion, and Gill faded away into a century of forgottenness.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Irving Berlin s American Musical Theater

Irving Berlin s American Musical Theater

“Watch Your Step: Irving Berlin's 1914 Musical.” In Musical Theatre in America, edited by Glenn Loney. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984, 245–52.

Author: Jeffrey Magee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199381012

Category: Music

Page: 394

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From patriotic "God Bless America" to wistful "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's songs have long accompanied Americans as they fall in love, go to war, and come home for the holidays. Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater is the first book to fully consider this songwriter's immeasurable influence on the American stage. Award-winning music historian Jeffrey Magee chronicles Berlin's legendary theatrical career, providing a rich background to some of the great composer's most enduring songs, from "There's No Business Like Show Business" to "Puttin' on the Ritz." Magee shows how Berlin's early experience singing for pennies made an impression on the young man, who kept hold of that sensibility throughout his career and transformed it into one of the defining attributes of Broadway shows. Magee also looks at darker aspects of Berlin's life, examining the anti-Semitism that Berlin faced and his struggle with depression. Informative, provocative, and full of colorful details, this book will delight song and theater aficionados alike as well as anyone interested in the story of a man whose life and work expressed so well the American dream.
Categories: Music

With an Air Debonair

With an Air Debonair

Author: Susan L. Porter

Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press

ISBN: UOM:39015022065786

Category: Music

Page: 631

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Categories: Music

Women in American Musical Theatre

Women in American Musical Theatre

"These essays examine the history of women in musical theatre, providing biographical descriptions; interpretations of their productions; and several accounts of how being a woman affected their careers"--Provided by publisher.

Author: Bertram E. Coleman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: UOM:39015077624610

Category: Music

Page: 282

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"These essays examine the history of women in musical theatre, providing biographical descriptions; interpretations of their productions; and several accounts of how being a woman affected their careers"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Music