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Musical Theatre Skip “Opera in the West” 168-170 Opera/Operetta don’t have to know the difference Melodrama Dance Pop(ular) Music Variety shows: Vauderville Biurlesque …and I’m sorry to report… Minstrel shows Not going to ask the difference between the different shows and crap Know- Musical: a play that uses singing, instrumental music, and formal dance or movement as an integral part of its plot and presentation The Black Crook, 1866m bad review, huge hit Busby Berkely : made his choreography look like geometric shapes, from woman I mean girls Our notes: Busby Burkely: 42 nd street; silly, irrelevant to the story; light-hearted, just walking around—looking pretty—dance technique is relatively simple; revolutionary but for its time: skimpy clothes; geometric shapes Not our notes: Florenz Ziegfeld’s: Ziegfeld Follies: 1907-1931, director, musicals had no story: silly; irrelevant; took choreography from burkely Show Boat: first American musical to take on a serious subject: attacked domestic
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