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”
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).
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.
The production of Hairspray is being done at the Cupcake Theatre in North Hollywood until December 17th. The company Cupcake Studios focuses on putting on performances of Broadway shows. Hairspray is about a Tracy Turnblad, who is a spunky ambitious girl living in Baltimore in 1962. She wants to dance on the Corny Collins Show and during this she helps fight issues of segregation. The story is told in a comedy musical filled catchy songs and full of vibrant colors.
The musical featured music by John Kander, directed by Hal Prince, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff. The book was based off of John Van Druten's 1951 play, I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood. (Miller). Historically, the musical Cabaret was written for the stage. In it’s time on Broadway, it was revived three times and was originally
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”.
Kabuki : Crossdressing Throughout the Ages Burton Weaver When we as Western theatre scholars think of ancient forms of theatre, instantly thoughts of Greek tragedies and Shakespearean plays come to mind. However, the East also has a rich theatrical history, especially in Japan. The Noh theatre, a popular form in Japan, dates back as early as the 14th Century. Another most popular form in Japan came to fruition a bit later, the earliest records being found at the beginning of the 17th Century. Perhaps the most interesting and wildly fantastic theatrical experience in Japan is the Kabuki Theatre.
A rock musical is a musical theatre work with rock music. The genre of rock musical may overlap somewhat with album musicals, concept albums and song cycles, as they sometimes tell a story through the rock music, and some album musicals and concept albums become rock musicals. The world of musical theatre had late responded to the rock-and-roll revolution in comparison to Hollywood, which in the year 1956 assembled films such as Rock Around the Clock and Rock, Rock, Rock. While Broadway came out with it first rock musical, Bye Bye Birdie, in 1960, which was a parody of the effects of rock and roll on small- town traditional Americans. It is said that the reason why the American theatre failed to embrace rock music until to the late 1960’s stems
Frank Shephard is a Hit! Merrily We Roll Along was a really great musical. This musical was presented by the Porchlight Musical Theatre Company at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Merrily We Roll Along is based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The music and lyrics of this musical are by Stephen Sondheim.
He wrote the script for this musical based upon an American picture book. Extremely attracted to the musical, I dreamed of performing. To make my dream come true, I started practicing singing and ballet. My continuous efforts brought me the chance to audition for two famous musicals. I hesitated about which audition