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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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