Integration dominates musicals, with Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II credited as the most consistent writers of integrated shows. One of the first musicals they wrote together was an example cited most regularly as highlighting integration and that was Oklahoma! It was to be considered in the early 1960’s that within this period it was mostly associated with integration. Within Oklahoma! music, song, instrumental underscore, orchestra and ballet accompaniment magnifies the dramatic narrative and also advances it in the musical; the texture of it clearly defines the characters and fleshes them out. This makes it one of the reasons why it has been said that Oklahoma! Is seen as the first ‘integrated musical’. However there are different
They effectively presented this idea through the use of various film techniques such as lighting, music/sound, and camera angles/shot selection. The film adaptation is both effective in its delivery of the message but also in its maintaining of the original essence of the
Between the 1920s and 1930s, the Lindy Hop was created, which was considered a dance that would revive the Golden Era of swing thanks to the contribution of Frankie “Musclehead” Manning. Terry Monaghan, author of the New York Times Magazine, describes Manning as “a master of swing-era dance who went from the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem to Broadway and Hollywood, and then after a long break enjoyed a globe-trotting second career as an inspirational teacher and choreographer of the Lindy hop.” The Lindy Hop is a combination of various dance steps, can be done solo or with a partner, and is usually danced with jazz music. This vernacular dance was a way for black and white people to come together and dance freely originally in Harlem, New York City. Around the time the Lindy Hop was created, the Great Migration occurred. Approximately six million African-Americans moved from the Southern
Before WWII, it was not important for musicals to have realistic aspects, and the plot was not needed to hold the numbers together. As time passed, in the mid-1950’s, film became more authentic and psychological. Along came the “integrated musical”, where one tried to imagine a situation where an individual would sing in the real world.1 Singing in the Rain was a realistic depiction of what the film industry went through during that transitional time. Many of the incidents in the movie were based off real people and experiences. The character of Lina Lamont was partially based on Mae Murray, a famous star who was known for
According to The Bedford Book of Genres “A genre is a composition’s kind, category, or sort. Genres give us a way to categorize or describe types of compositions”. (Braziller and Kleinfeld) One genre of music is country. There are two things we need to know about genres; “First, genres change according to the ways people use them” and “Second, genres are flexible”. (Braziller and Kleinfeld). Exactly what country music is today can be hard to define as the genre changes with each new artist that comes into it, but a look at the career of George Strait shows why, depsite all the changes in what represnts country mucic, he is known as the king of country music and is the ultimate example of what comes to mind when one speaks of the genre as
The word genre comes from the French word for 'class ', (Chandler, 1997). Film genre refers to a specific style or subject matter. A movie may have several different components that may make up a specific genre. Genres makes it easier for the audience, as the categorization of genres lets the audience pick what sort of movie they would like to watch. Film genres give the audience information into the type movie it may be, this in turn helps them to decide whether the movie is suitable for them or not.
Upon viewing the performance here at UWL titled, “Singing in the Rain,” I was shown a variety of different styles of dance that were discussed during class. This production consisted of many different performers and movements. These movements ranged from tap dancing to line dancing. While there was a variety of different dancing styles, they all had the same common elements of dance.
Singin’ in the Rain is a classic Hollywood movie about making films. Film's musical genre makes it novel. The film uses romantic comedy for its narrative template and to express and narrate the story, Donen and Kelly used a combination of music, singing, dancing, and spoken dialogue. This movie humorously and romantically depicts an excellent time in Hollywood cinema – the transition from silent films to talkies.
When it comes to films, I feel as if the soundtracks make them what they are. A film in which I feel as if the soundtrack shapes the overall effect of the film is "Waiting to Exhale." Waiting to exhale was a movie about four African American women who were all through different things in their lives from men, their jobs and family. There friendship bonded all of the women together and when they got together the could just exhale everything that they have been holding in this whole time and just be themselves without having to worry about anything else. The musical technique in which I feel they used is connecting the soundtrack to real life situations. The songs used in this film not only connected to real world situations but it also told
‘Flash Dance’(1983) dir. Adrian Lynn follows the story of Alex Owens, a young 18 year old welder who dreams of one day being able to join an elite group of ballet dancers. In comparison to, ‘West Side Story’ the narrative of ‘Flash Dance’ is one that concentrates on the women and how they control their bodies, the plot focuses on the passion and lustfulness in a relationship compared to previously mentioned filmed which concentrates on the love aspect of romance. ‘Flash Dance’ challenges the patriarchal system that Alex, as a woman, finds herself in.
The show opens with young editor Marisol Perez getting attacked while riding home on the subway, and her guardian angel interfering. Her angel tells her that God is dying, and that the world is spiraling out of control, so the angels are going to war to fix the situation. Without her guardian angel, Marisol has to fight for herself for the first time in a deteriorating city. She meets many interesting people, such as Scar Tissue and Ice Cream, both played by junior Michiah Swaim. “I enjoy my character Ice Cream and Scar Tissue because they are both different from each other yet they both reflect the different stages of crazy in Marisol,” said Swaim. Palmieri summed up the show by saying, “It’s got some humor, it’s got some social commentary. Although written in 1992, it really addresses some issues we’re struggling with now. If I had to say one sentence I would say: Marisol is about urban guerilla theatre.”
From Colonial Williamsburg Theatre to Broadway, theatre is ever-changing. The differences in each era of theatre are vast; the costumes, staging, acting techniques, and audiences all vary drastically from each other. The major eras and genres of American theatre include the colonial era, the Post-Revolution era, the Civil War era, Broadway, and Post-Modern—all with unique and varying aspects to them.
Everyone has heard of jazz, whether they like it or not. While not one of the premier and most popular form of music in modern times, jazz music was a staple of the 1920’s. As time has gone by, jazz has diminished in popularity and people’s appreciation of it has become less and less. In comparison, people still enjoy musicals, older ones, such as Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, and newer musicals like Hamilton and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. These musicals garner much interest from many Americans and give America a more traditional form of entertainment. Most people don’t associate jazz with American musical theater, however, but when thinking about American musical theater, it is impossible to leave out jazz in it’s history because jazz was
Genre is like a language that used by directors and it encodes some important messages about movies. If you understand the genre, you can decode the movies and you can have more information about subtle realities are related with the films. In this article, I will explain the genre differences between John Woo and Ramesh Sippy movies.
I have always viewed movies as mood boosters. Whenever I watch a movie, I judge how good it is according to how well I understand the story. This is why I never truly understand how critics rate movies. However, upon reading John Berger’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”, I start to understand how paying attention to the different components of a film helps in understanding the essence of a story. As Berger once said, “There is no film that does not partake of dream. And the great films are dreams that reveal” (Berger 478). Reading these words instantly prompts me to reexamine the highly acclaimed musical, La La Land. The music, editing, and storyline clearly justify what Berger meant by a movie’s ability to transport us into the unknown whilst