Annie Get Your Gun opened on May 16 , 1946 and ran for approximately 1,147 in three years . In this time Ethel only took two vacations due to different illnesses . Merman and Berlin later met for Call Me Madam , where she won the Tony award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical . She also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy . Ethel returned to Colorado dreadfully to be a housewife to her third husband
Loosely based on the story of the Supremes, Dreamgirls illustrates one Motown groups rise to fame. The fictional Dreams are followed from their humble beginnings in Detroit, to their recasting, and finally their break up. Filled with flashy costumes and infectious music, Dreamgirls became a broadway hit. Well received by critics, the musical was nominated for 13 Tony awards, and won six. For years, movie adaptations had been in the works, but due to legal or interest complications, the plans never came to fruition.
The musicals Sweeney Todd directed by Tim Burton and Buffy the Vampire Slayer directed by Stephen Sondheim have many similarities and differences. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is about a girl named Buffy Summers who has to defeat the demon named sweet who causes people to break out in song and dance, this demon has also stolen Buffys younger sister Dawn Summers. Sweeney Todd is about a barber the gets punished for a crime that he did not commit, fifteen years later he makes his way back to London and changes his name to Sweeney Todd to get revenge on the judge that wrongfully convicted him. By comparing the settings, endings and choreography it is visible to the audience that these two musical pay tribute to their heritage however they have different
Choreographer Alvin Ailey expresses the story of the labored, broken, yet courageous black woman, though lengthy arm extensions and torso contractions that are combined with his signature style of ballet, modern dance, and African technique. Alvin Ailey trained dancers have a way of dancing bigger than the audience could ever imagine by embodying the real life struggles Alvin himself witnessed This type of character outpouring births a spiritual intimacy or soul connection between dancer and choreography and finally audience and dancer. A dance genius in his own right, Alvin Ailey was born on January 5, 1931 in a small town in Texas. His 17-year-old mother would soon know the struggles of being a single mother in the segregated south just months after Alvin was born. Alvin’s southern upbringing during his primary years
Grease, a very well-known and largely popular musical with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as the main characters. It’s a Romance about how Danny (John) and Sandy (Olivia) meet over the summer and fall in love, but when summer is over they find out they go to the same school and are in very different social cliques. The rest of the movie is how Sandy changes herself to stay with Danny. While it is a very popular movie, it also has many issues in how it portrays stereotypes of gender and sexualization and a lot of the sexiest generalization and issues can be found in the lyrics of the songs. First off is how the actors are dressed and how there looks are portrayed.
The U.S State Department backing was backing the troupe Ailey's company was the first modern dance group to visit the former Soviet Union since the 1920s. The company was asked to return to New York after a piece performed by Judith Jamison she made it one of their best known pieces. The piece was called "Cry" this was the piece that was featured on the episode "Mammy Dearest" on the show A different Word and Kim performed it after feeling offended about the image of Mammy and black women. The piece was dedicated to all black women everywhere especially our mothers, it depicts the struggles of different generations of black American Women. It begins with the unwrapping of a long white scarf during the course of the dance the dancer becomes a queen, mother, daughter, and other things.
Lena grew up in Brooklyn, New York, with a gambling father and one of the first known ‘mom-agers’. To help her family’s income, she quit school at age 16 and joined the chorus line at the Cotton Club, one of the premiere black night clubs. Eventually she ended performing a a club called the “Little Troc” and it was here that she was first discovered by MGM. In 1942, she became the “only black actress to be signed to a full studio contract in the 1940’s”(Longworth 1:35). MGM was known for star making, and put Lena straight on the assembly line, giving her a makeover to “look like Hedy Lamar, M-G-M’s Viennese
Influencing Factors of “The Crucible” The Crucible, one of Arthur Miller’s most recognized playwrights, is based around the Salem Witch trials in puritan Massachusetts. The play begins with a group of girls, including a Caribbean slave Tituba, dancing in the forest at night. The group was caught by one of the girl’s father Reverend Parris. His abrupt appearance startled Betty, his daughter, into a coma like state. Rumors of witchcraft began to sweep the New England town of Salem as a crowd gathered at reverend Parris’ house.
This song is a part of the dorm room scene in the hit musical Wicked. In the book Defying Gravity: the creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, you can read about how Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman conceived of the Wicked dorm room scene where Glinda decides to give Elphaba a makeover. “Popular” sung by Kristin Chenoweth is the most “popular.” Second song is “Defying Gravity.” Stephen planned the first act climax of Wicked in his mind as he conceptualized the musical. The song represents Elphaba’s transformation. She had grown up as a social out cast.
In this final project I am going to present costumes for the play “ Streetcar named Desire” written by Tennessee Williams in which the main character appears some imperfection but also gained a lot of admiration to the audience. The original play was set on late 1940s, New Orleans. Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister’s home, Stella in New Orleans hoping to start a new life after losing her Belle Reve mansion, her job, and her reputation in her hometown. During the play Stanley Kowalski, Blanche’s brother in law seeks to destroy Blanche’s character in New Orleans as well. His cruelty, merged with Blanche’s unstable, insecure character, leaves her mentally detached from reality by the play’s end.