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133 American Musical Theater - • Puerto Ricans(Sharks vs...

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American Musical Theater: From Roots to Rock
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Minstrel Shows Began around 1830 3 part structure: 1. minstrel line 2. variety show 3. parody or plantation scene
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Stereotypes
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Revue Influences - minstrelsy - vaudeville
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Continued Influence of Minstrelsy Bert Williams (1874- 1922)
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Revue Influences - minstrelsy - vaudeville Skits, songs, dances, etc. performed by single cast Unified by a theme
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Book Musicals Musical play “Integration” - song/dance further the plot or reveal character - dialogue leads into song Rodgers and Hammerstein
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West Side Story (1957) Collaborators: Jerome Robbins Leonard Bernstein Stephen Sondheim Arthur Laurents Contemporary reworking of Romeo and Juliet Puerto Ricans
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Unformatted text preview: • Puerto Ricans (Sharks) vs. white Bernstein’s score • vernacular styles + musical sophistication- Latin styles/rhythms- Jazz- Broadway song forms “Tonight” Love Duet Between Tony and Maria “Tonight Quintet” • Jets, Sharks, Anita, Tony, Maria • “operatic ensemble” Features: • Anita and 2 gangs related musically • Tony and Maria’s love duet (“reprise”) • Love duet vs. driving, violent line of gangs Later Trends • Concept musicals • Megamusicals • Rock Musicals – Rent (1996) • Puccini’s La Bohéme • Innovative themes and techniques • Varied musical influences: rock, gospel, pop, tango,...
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