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5. Wednesday, October 13, 2010

5. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - MUS230Y Wednesday book...

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MUS230Y - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 “book show” - the musical revolves around a coherent literary and dramatic story, rather than a loosely tied together variety element Lerner and Loewe - authors of My Fair Lady in the 50s - in 1960, they wrote Camelot this paralleled John Kennedy’s new frontier unsinkable comedies like Molly Brown , were the businessman’s favourite, but Camelot caught the stage Strouse and Adams, Bye Bye Birdie (1960) - another example of musicals about young people - colourful look at American youth - one of the important uniting factors of the show was dance - Gower Champion made a tremendous impact on the creation of the show by choreographing all of the dances - These musical numbers were made widely available on LPs - some of these musicals were made into movies, ex: Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story West Side Story - premeired on New York Broadway stage in 1957, and movie came out in 1961 - the first thought of an operatic type of musical - where music, drama and dancing were of equal importance - street gangs not only fight against eachother, but against society - love triumphs over hatred - Sharks vs. Jets, Tony falls in love with Maria, conflict keeps them apart, Tony dies Arthur Laurents - author of the book Stephen Songheim - author of the lyrics Leonard Bernstein - composer of the music - most famous and successful native-born figure in classical music in the USA - wrote film scores (ex: on the waterfront) - conducted of New York Philharmonic - put much thought into music - street slang, words of love .... overlap - wrote a piece called “mass” and he composed it for the opening of the JFK centre in 1971 a “happening”
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