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Chapter 17 - Chapter 17The Musical Something for Everyone:...

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Chapter 17—The Musical Something for Everyone: What Makes a Musical? - There are two categories of theatre: plays with music and plays without music. - Plays without music are sometimes called straight plays . - Opera such as Giacoma Puccini’s Madame Butterfly is a drama that is set entirely to music; all the lines are sung, usually to grand, classical music. - Operetta, or “light opera”, such as The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, differs from “grand opera” because it has a frivolous, comic theme, some spoken dialogue, a melodramatic story, and usually a little dancing. - Musical comedy, such as Guys and Dolls, is characterized by a light hearted, fast-moving comic story, whose dialogue is interspersed with popular music. - A Straight Musical, such as West Side Story, has a more seriously plot or theme. - A Rock Musical uses rock music—the rock and roll of the 1950s (Grease, 1972) the psychedelic rock of the 1960s (Hair, 1967), or contemporary pop and rock (Rent, 1996) - Revue- A program of satirical sketches, singing, and dancing on a particular theme, or musical review. - Variety Show- a program of unrelated singing, dancing and comedy numbers . - Vaudeville- a popular form of stage entertainment from the 1880s and the 1940s. Includes a dozen or so slapstick comedy routines, song-and-dance numbers, magic acts, and juggling, or acrobatic performances. - Burlesque- a form of musical entertainment featuring bawdy songs, dancing women and sometimes striptease. Good Things Come in Threes: The Scripts of Musicals - Musical scripts have three components: book, music, and lyrics. - Music- the orchestrated melodies. - Lyrics- are sung words. - Book- the spoken lines of dialogue as well as the plot - Librettist- writes the book - Composer- writes the music - Lyricist- writes the lyrics Ex. Joseph Stein wrote the book for Fiddler on the Roof, Jerry Bock wrote the music. Sheldon Harnick wrote the lyrics.
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