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Unformatted text preview: Final Exam Study Guide American Musical Theater EXAM I Chicago is set in Chicago because the city has a legacy of corruption and because Maureen Dallas Watkins, who wrote the play upon which the musical is based, was a Chicago journalist and the events of the show are based upon the cases she covered. Matron Momma Morton sang the song “a little system called reciprocity” meaning you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. The collaborative musical team for Chicago was Kander and Ebb with some help from Fosse. Florenz Ziegfeld was the man of the theater who made it his goal to “glorify the American girl” in annual shows called “Follies”? Jerry Orbach has performed on the TV show Law and Order, he starred as Billy Flynn in the original production of Chicago and had a long Broadway career singing and dancing. The Great White Way is the brilliant electric marquis lights of the Broadway Theater District. Directors do not take a bow with the actors during the curtain call… it is not a convention of musical theater. The “Father of American Musical Theater has a bronze statue in New York City, perhaps so he can continually “give his regards to Broadway” is George M. Cohan. Bert Williams was an African American who performed in “black face” Examples of poetic justice in Little Johnny Jones o Johnny restores his good name o Johnny gets his girl “Goldie” o Anthony Anstey is exposed by Detective Wilson The choreographer is the theater artists stages the dance numbers for musical theater. Vaudeville could provide a whole day’s worth of entertainment on a bill of varied acts intended for a family audience. Bob Fosse used the rake, the crane, and the drip were distinctive dance moves in his choreography. Victor Herbert expanded the popularity of American operetta in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Wrote “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life, At Last I’ve Found You.” Antecedents of American Musical Theater include the minstrel show, vaudeville, and the leg show. “You’re a Grand Old Flag” was not in Little Johnny Jones o Give my regards to Broadway & I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy were in the musical. Gilbert and Sullivan popularized operetta. The words to a musical’s songs are called the songs lyrics. George M. Cohan was an Irish American, performed in his family’s vaudeville act from a tender age, wrote many musicals and some 20 non musical plays....
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