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•Monologue was strange to have in a story. Romance•Robert’s romance with April, Kathy, Marta, Amy, Robert?•Love of a city•Love of Robert •Love of the spouse, not marriage. Subplot•What subplot?
•There is none. Comedy•The little things you do together•You could drive a person crazy•Getting married todayMusic•Motifs: Bobby, Bobby•Patter vs. Specialty numberoThe music that one character sings shouldn’t sound like other characters sing, but in this case they can be interchangeable. oSpecialty number: the ladies who lunch. •Modern soundoBrass instruments•Story and scene matter over musical phrasingoBarcelona– music isn’t hummable. What’s happening in the scene is more important. oInstead of gradually working up to a musical number, a song in Company often came as a surprise to the audience. Lyrics•Side by side by side: internal rhymes, vaudeville feel.•Being Alive: someoneto hold you too close, somebodyhold me too close.•Barcelona: Lies vs. Truth (april’s short sided truth to get dressed and on her flight, Bobby feels the need to overcompensate cause he cant remember her name.Cultural Impact•Conceptual musical – the theme and thematic ideas take precedence over the story•Everybody wants to be Sondheim•Ascent of creating music and lyrics and story that are dominated by THEMATIC ideas. •Sondheim shows rarely make money. Not appealing to mass audiences. Rock and Roll MusicalsROCK in the USA•Turmoil in America•Squares vs. Hippies•The Beatles, Elvis, etc.•Promises, Promises(1968)•Rock - African America blues, country music, jazz music, gospel music. •Musical hooks – “and the Jay-Z song was on….” “Y-M-C-A”HAIR•Nudity, sex, race, relations, laughing at the establishment.•“Critic’s darling”
•Clive Barnes of the New York TimesoHe approves of Hair, and says all musicals will need rock and roll music to survive. oHe said it was the first •Conceptual MusicalYour Own ThingGodspell (steven shwarz Wicked)obiblical stories and allegories. Two Gentleman of Veronaomulti-ethnic cast. Jesus Christ Superstar (Andrew Lloyd Weber)ocollaboration of Tim Rice and ALW. o-First rock opera. oa concept recording. It was not intended for stage, it was created for an albumAndrew Lloyd Weberoconcept albums with Tim Riceohighly successful showsouses lush melodies and exciting rock scoresotrevor nunn and Hal prince offer visual lifeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat EvitaCatsStarlight Express – the little engine that could. RollerskatesThe Phantom of the OperaModern Rock Musicals oRent (1995)oSpring Awakening (2006) dialogue is 1890’s but the inner thoughts in modern American rock music. oNext to Normal (2008) oAmerican Idiot (2009)oRock musicals are supposed to sound like music from the period of the time that the audience is living in.