His pieces are branded by “the intensity and compactness of their expression and wide variety of mood” ranging from reflective and emotional to upbeat and comical. “He had the ability to make the most complex movement appear effortless, and totally reflective of the musical score, as if it were created spontaneously for that exact moment in time” (New York City Ballet). One of Jerome Robbins biggest impacts on the world of musical theater was that he redefined theater dance “as an integrated, dramatic element of musicals, setting out to demonstrate that artists like himself need not divide their artistic works from their commercial works, but could create at their highest level for the Broadway stage” (Smith). Robbins had a curious mind and wanted to “explore new influences and ideas”
Hello Dolly’s style of music is very of its time. Hello Dolly takes place where the 19th century is changing to the 20th. It is a traditional Broadway score with very melodic songs and optimistic lyrics. This score redefined the American musical theatre art form. The only song that is my least favorite is the “Finale”.
“I remember having a grin from one ear to the other for seven minutes. It was a huge, fabulous event – absolutely grand and great fun,” (Leslie Caron, anothermag.com). All who have watched Singin’ in the Rain (1952) or Swing Time (1936) can easily understand Ms. Caron’s emotional state after dancing with both of these phenomenal dancers. This essay will compare the backgrounds, careers, and personal lives of the iconic Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. To begin, this essay will compare their general histories before and up to the start of their adult professional careers.
After watching the recording version of Shrek the Musical, I consider that it is a successful production if the purpose of this musical is to amuse audiences and bring them an enduring audio-visual feast. As a musical that is created based on a blockbuster, the basic story framework is without novelty – an ugly but kind-hearted ogre experiences lots of dangers with a friend, saves the princess like a hero and wins her heart in the end. However, I have to admit that Shrek the Musical does a fantastic job to convert a movie into a Broadway show, considering the high level of complexity and difficulty for a team to humanize animated characters and imitate scenes. There are a lot of details, including Pinocchio’s growing nose, in the musical that show off the elaboration. Undoubtedly, the scenery is one of the brightest spot in this musical.
“The Play That Goes Wrong” required a very detailed strategic plan of the arranged props and set design that actors need to follow in their performance. I believe the performers did a marvelous job in following the detailed choreography of the show. One of the most memorable cast members was Nancy Zamit. She played Annie the stage manager, who took the spotlight when she was forced into playing Charles’ fiancée named Sandra because the original female lead got "knocked unconscious” in the middle of the play. As terribly shy as she was, Zamit intensified the enjoyment of the audience as her character was reading off lines from pages of the script very awkwardly and awfully in an unfitted red dress and wig.
Similarly, the United States of America changes time and time again. America never stops evolving into something new. Broadway and musical theatre are no exception to that. Many out-of-this-world musical have made it on Broadway, but some of the greatest hits have been the ones based on the American society they lived in. A musical that is representative of society is something everyone can connect to because they live it every day.
Musical theatre is able to address important and controversial topics such as racism, women’s rights, and violence in an entertaining and fresh way. Audiences can relate to characters who embody American life and values. American musical theatre positively affected and reflected the culture of 20th century America by addressing the social issues of each generation. One of the most pivotal musicals of the 20th century was Show Boat which helped make theatre what it is today. Show Boat, composed by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened December 27, 1927, and was the first musical to be based off of a novel (Show Boat Introduces American Musical Theater).
His dancing is similar to the grins of the central voice’s mask, yet they have the same result of falsity. The presentation of their masks and its routine, hides the overwhelming sense of insanity. This is a temporary happiness, which is not for them but is instead for the society that they dwell within, destroying their feeling of balance and place. This mask is similar to what Victor comes to believe earlier in Underground Airlines. Victor states, “It is remarkable, when you consider it, all the complicated worlds we construct to avoid anything that might disturb us or cause us pain.” (Winters 22).
“I went from ‘I hate how I see myself in the mirror, I am constantly analyzing myself, talking down myself, like about negative thoughts,’ to… at the end of that time, I was like, ‘Okay, I just wanna dance to music and feel like I’m moving… you know?’ and by that time I also kinda sorted out my weight issues. Not on purpose. It just kinda happened with becoming happier.” (Larissa) I met with the wonderful ballet dancer, Larissa Marie Kogut, on a sun-drenched Tuesday afternoon, minutes after her rehearsal with Diablo Ballet had ended. She greeted me with an enthusiastic smile, much like the one I had seen at my ballet studio’s production of The Nutcracker, where she had been a guest performer, acting as the Sugarplum Fairy. Thrilled to be interviewing my idol, I could barely expel the words from my mouth, which got twisted up with each other as
The waltz “could make a small boy dizzy”, emphasizing the clumsiness of the father’s dance by having an amphibrach foot follow after an iambic foot (Roethke 2). Not only is this waltz imperfect, but its tendency for imperfection repeats. Waltz traditionally has a circular pattern, with dancers moving in repeating circles, and the father’s waltz is no exception. The dance was “not easy”