Minstrelsy through G&S Lecture

Minstrelsy through G&S Lecture - Literally “an absurd...

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PROJECT HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATRE AMERICAN EXPLORATIONS OR WHAT IS WITH ALL THIS CROSS-DRESSING?
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Broadway’s Infancy Minstrelsy American Variety Pre-Civil War Characteristics Early Burlesque Formula Pantomime
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Minstrelsy Thomas Rice ~1820 Virginia Minstrels 1843 At least 20 troupes by 1865 Dan Emmett (1815-1904) The Format Minstrel Line Olio Afterpiece Stephen Foster (1826-1864) Barbershop
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FROM “BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL” BERT WILLIAMS, 1907
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Variety Grew out of saloon owners wanting to entice their customers to stick around or come back Popular in the Bowery Relied heavily on sex and expensive drinks P. T. Barnum (1810-1891) Family Friendly Fun! No Format Amateur Nights
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Extravaganza Who cares what its about as long as people are entertained? The Seven Sisters (1860) The Black Crook (1866) The Brook (1879)
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Burlesque & Vaudeville
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Unformatted text preview: Literally, “an absurd or comically exaggerated imitation of something, esp. in a literary or dramatic work; a parody” Lydia Thompson Evangeline (1874) Direct descendant of variety Still showcased girls, above most else Attempted to keep “song, dance and spectacular presentation at the center” (Knapp, 63) GILBERT AND SULLIVAN THE MIKADO G & S and D’Oyly Carte Richard D’Oyly Carte (1844-1901) Managerial Force of Nature W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911) Lyrical Gangster Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) Orchestrator of Wonder TRIAL BY JURY (1875) THE QUESTION GENTLEMEN IS H.M.S. PINAFORE (1878) NEVERMIND THE WHY AND WHEREFORE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (1879/80) MODERN MAJOR GENERAL THE MIKADO (1885) AS SOMEDAY IT MAY HAPPEN BONUS...
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