15 Musical Theater - Romantic lead characters Book Driven...

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American Musical Theater Music in America James Madison University Dr. Andrew Connell
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Precursors: 19th Century Musical Theater Opera as popular entertainment Simultaneously popular and elite Flexible Repertoire Tours by European Stars LISTEN: “Drinking Song” From Sigmund Romberg’s The Student Prince (1924) Style: Viennese operetta
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Musical Comedy Characteristics Presentational Contemporary settings and music Light Subject Matter Plot over Character Comedic Leads Star Driven Example: “Yankee Doodle Dandy” George M. Cohan Little Johnny Jones (1904)
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Musical Play Characteristics Representational Exotic settings/Evocative music Serious Subject Matter Character over Plot
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Unformatted text preview: Romantic lead characters Book Driven (Adaptations) Examples Jerome Kern Show Boat (1927) Rodgers and Hammerstein Oklahoma! (1943) Concept Musical Characteristics Stylized Theatricality Varied settings/Pastiche music Metaphoric Subject Matter Idea over Plot (Non-Linear) Ensemble Director Driven Example Stephen Sondheim/Hal Prince Company (1970) Mega-Musical Characteristics Exotic settings/Evocative sung-through music Varied Subject Matter (Romantic) Spectacle over Plot Romantic lead characters Design Driven Example Andrew Lloyd Webber Cats (1982)...
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2009 for the course MUSIC 203 taught by Professor Dr.connell during the Fall '09 term at James Madison University.

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