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Early Musical Comedies (19101930) Borrowed conventions from both Operetta and Vaudeville to create Musical Comedies. o Beautiful ballads taken from Operetta o High energy comedy numbers taken from Vaudeville. These are woven together to create a more through developed plot. Show Boat was the first musical comedy to give birth to what musicals would become in the future. o More complex and fully developed characters. o Deals with racial issues in a very serious manner, which most musical comedies of the time had never done. Important Early Musical Comedy composers o Jerome Kern Show Boat o Richard Rodgers A Connecticut Yankee o George Gershwin Oh, Kay! ...
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