Since he writes the songs for the characters, each word has a specific purpose. Musical theatre often contains rhyme, but Sondheim’s rhymes serve as emphasis in the play. According to Sondheim, every rhyme, perfect or not, draws “attention to the rhymed word” (Sondheim, Finishing the Hat, xxvii). Since the songs’ words signify a profound amount of meaning, Sondheim makes sure that the lyrics and rhythms work for the character and the actor. “Getting Married Today” in Company demonstrates this particularity.
He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. This play was presented on Broadway on December 3, 1947 and ended on December 17, 1949 in the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. In 1951, a film of the same name was filmed. The film A Streetcar Named Desire was directed by Elia Kazan. By the same director who directed the play in Broadway.
Zhichen Zhang Professor Dustin Shaffer Communication 105 14 January 2018 Stephen Sondheim: Into the Woods Into the Woods is a well-known musical which debuted at the Old Globe Theater in 1986. The musical is written by Stephen Sondheim and he is an American composer who has made great contribution to musical theater more than a half-century. James Lapine is the book author and he plays a necessary role to this incredible musical. I watched the musical which brought me enter a brand-new field – musical. Into the Woods was first launched at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.
The language was probably the most loved part as barely and props and no scenery was used. The audience was supposed to by focusing on the “richly evocative Language.” The performances were accompanied by music and costume though to add the “effect” From there on Shakespeare’s great story of lovers Romeo and Juliet, many people got they’re inspiration. As mentioned above, there were several film adaptations, however also many musicals are based on the timeless play. A few very successful musicals which were inspired by the original piece were composed by Berlioz, Gounod, Bellini and Tchaikovsky. “Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a ballet to Prokofiev 's music and this was premiered at Covent Garden in 1964, with Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the title roles.
Shrek the Musical is a Broadway musical comedy that is created by DreamWorks Theatricals in 2008. It is adapted from Shrek, a 2001 DreamWorks Animation movie, as well as a 1990 children’s literature Shrek! written by William Steig. The original musical is directed by Jason Moore with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. 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.
West Side Story is a musical modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. This story was originally converted for use on stage by Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins and was first shown on stage in 1957. It is set in New York City's Upper West Side in the 1950s. The musical focuses on the rivalry between two gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. These two gangs are the Jets, consisting of only white American men and women, and the Sharks from Puerto Rico.
The music and lyrics of this musical are by Stephen Sondheim. Its book was written by George Furth. This production was directed by Michael Weber with the musical direction of Aaron Benham. Though this production did not have a choreographer, the associate direction and musical staging was done by Christopher Pazdernik. This musical is centered around the life of Frank Shephard and how he came to be a famous movie producer.
Social and Cultural Scene Analysis task: “Cabaret” takes place in 1931 during the fading of the German Weimar Republic) and the rise of the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party. Scene 1: Rise of the Nazi’s – Aryan young man singing in a large country inn. The song is titled ‘Tomorrow belongs to me’. Taking place in a beer garden out in the country, Brian and Max are sitting down when a young blond boy begins singing “Tomorrow belongs to me”. The camera focuses for a long period of time on a close up of the boy’s face, emphasising his ‘German’ features and his youth.
Charles Busch was born in 1954, and grew up in Hartsdale, New York in a Jewish family. Charles Bush attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, but majored in Drama at Northwestern University in Illinois. After receiving his degree, he later performed as an actor, predominantly as the leading lady in several plays. Specifically, he has experience dressing in drag and performing as such in front of audiences. It was not until the turn of the century when Charles Busch wrote for television or play scripts.
The musical is based on the ground-breaking and controversial play, which was once banned in Germany, of Frank Wedekind. The action of the musical play is set in a provincial German town in the late nineteenth-century with over conservative adults. When singing, the girls and boys assume the manner of contemporary teens, and we enter the world of the character singing that seems timeless. The rock score and emotional book take the story of sexual awakening of teenagers as they discovery the inner and outer uproar of sexuality. The musical play portrays the adolescents’
David Williamson was born in Melbourne and brought up in Bairnsdale, Victoria. He graduated from Monash University in mechanical engineering in 1964. During his time at university he wrote satirical sketches for student revues and for the Emerald Hill Theatre Company. He worked as a design engineer for General Motors Holden in 1965 and from 1966 to 1972 he lectured in thermodynamics and social psychology at Swinburne College of Technology. In 1968, his first play, The Indecent Exposure of Anthony East (about a corporate executive who writes romantic fiction) was presented at the University of Melbourne 's Union theatre by the Tin Alley Players.
Urinetown is the fall musical that our school magnificently performed. It centers about this town in which people have to pay to pee and a love story about two young adults trying to change the way of the town. The musical premiered in 2001 with the music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. What interested me was that the musical mocks capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism,and the whole idea of going against the corrupt government. Also, the concept of going to the bathroom is not free is unique to me.
The first two that I mentioned, Balanchine and Kirstein were the founders of the New York City Ballet. George Balanchine was originally born in St. Petersburg, Russia and was invited by the young American patron and support of the formation of a new American dance academy of ballet was Lincoln Kirstein. Mr. Balanchine was one of the last great choreographers under Sergei Diaghilev in the Ballet Russes. He suffered a knee injury In 1934 at the age of 29. Lincoln Kirstein sent for him and he came to America and they opened a school called the School of American Ballet in New York City.
He started off with a sole interest in serious drama, however, in 1945 after seeing the musical On the Town, he found himself drawn to musical drama. The show had a line up of many new young talents, such as: Leonard Bernstein who was a composer, choreographer Jerome Robbins, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green who were writing partners. In addition to the talented lineup was veteran showman
Schindler’s List occurs somewhere in 1939 during World War II and is set in Krakow, Poland. The movie begins with a brief scene that shows the registration of many Jewish families. In the next scene, Oskar Schindler can be seen in a hotel room preparing to attend a night party. Since, he was living in a hotel room at that time, he most likely only had recently moved to Krakow. While attending the night party, Schindler was able to ingratiate himself with high ranking members of the Nazi Party, which allowed him to establish connections that would help build his factory.