Broadway theatre Essays

  • Everyone Loves Lucille Ball: A Tragic Hero

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    Everyone Loves Lucille Ball Some famous Americans have won the noble peace prize, while others might be known for creating world peace or world catastrophes. Lucille Ball will forever be remembered as the person who entertained people with “rubber faced antics (“Lucille Ball Biography”) “zany impersinations.” These comments may seem demeaning; however, they glorifiy Lucille Ball’s legacy. An actress, comedian, a producer, Lucille Ball is most famous for producing and acting in her most famous sitcom

  • Thomas Rice's Poem: Jump Jim Crow

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    Etymology The term "Jim Crow" is believed to have been derived from a song called "Jump Jim Crow", which was performed by a white minstrel, Thomas "Daddy" Rice, in 1838. Upon performing, Thomas Rice blackened his face with charcoal paste or burned cork. He danced a ridiculous jig while singing the song. He created the character "Jim Crow" when traveling in the South and seeing a crippled elderly black man or some say a young boy dancing and singing a song. However, even before Rice performed the

  • Kita Kita Character Analysis

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    “ True love comes from the most unexpected time and most unexpected places, it does not comes naturally. You dont have to coercee nor forced nor constrain such emotion.” Nowadays many people find their love by finding a beautiful, pretty, and handsome personality. Their seeking for an outside beauty but they are mistaken. Love is not all about a physical appearance. It is about simplicity, and being contented on what you are. It is how you able to care and love a person without conditions. That was

  • Short Biography: Charlie Chaplin

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    CHARLIE CHAPLIN Early Life Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on 16 April 1889, in London, England. When he was about twelve, he got his first chance to act in a stage show, and appeared as "Billy" the page boy, in "Sherlock Holmes". Charlie started his career as a comedian in vaudeville, which eventually took him to the United States in 1910 as a featured player with the Fred Karno Repertoire Company. Famous for his character "The Tramp" the sweet little man with a bowler hat, mustache and cane

  • Rent The Musical Analysis

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    bridging the gap between musical theatre and pop culture. Rent is a contemporary musical revolving around a group of poor, struggling, young artists, or “Bohemians.” It is set in East Side New York City in the height of the 1990s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Despite obstacles of sickness, financial difficulties, and death, the characters locate the ability to remain optimistic and positive. Rent has proceeded to become extremely successful and iconic in modern day musical theatre. Multiple sources of inspiration

  • How Did Richard Rogers Influence Musical Theatre

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    Richard Rogers had composed over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musical. He also produced and directed music for television and films too. He was born in New York City on June 28, 1902. Richard had help with music, broadways, and films too. His production was in 1920 called “ Poor Little Ritz Girl”. Straight out of college he work for a director name Lew Fields. Lew Fields was an American actor, comedian, vaudeville star, theatre manger, and producer. He also best know for working with Lorenz Hart, excluding

  • Bob Fosse: Jazz Dance Midterm

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    Nichele Rascoe Jazz Dance Midterm (Bob Fosse Contribution to Broadway) Robert Louis Fosse, better known as Bob Fosse, became Broadway’s leading choreographer and director during the late 1960’s into the 1970’s. Fosse grew up surrounded by theatre and dance. At a young age, he toured throughout Chicago theaters and naval bases as a dancer. In later, years Bob Fosse went into acting. Yet, his acting career was cut short due to his premature balding, causing him to turn to choreography. Fosse’s choreographic

  • Irving Berlin: A Great Figure In Musical Theatre

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    be addressing the impact of a great figure in musical theatre, a man who made significant contributions in the history of musical theatre, the Russian born and Jewish American Irving Berlin. I will address some important phases in his life. I will start by giving an overview of his early life and family. Also, I will be talking about his major initial works as a lyricist and composer and some of his major early contributions in musical theatre. Moreover, I will discuss how he was able to establish

  • Prejudice And Racism In Show Boat In The 1930's

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    the lights come up, and the audience is silent. It's showtime on Broadway. Broadway can do so many different things to a person. It can make one laugh, cry, want to yell, and then suddenly everyone is content. 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

  • Stephen Sondheim: Musical Analysis

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    Stephen Sondheim is a well known composer in the Broadway community. His rare talent of writing both music and lyrics has earned him a “cult following.” His followers adore him due to his sophisticated music, topics, and approaches; however, four musicals made a particular impact toward Sondheim’s life, and affected his songwriting career. These four musicals are West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Sunday in the

  • Broadway Audition Breakdown Analysis

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    “The Broadway Musical” confirms that in 1968, the most expensive Broadway ticket price was eleven dollars. Today’s biggest price is around 140 dollars, but people can pay around 477 dollars for a premium orchestra seat. Because the national media has averted their attention away from Broadway, it is easier to sell shows based on a hit movie (Terry Teachout). Musicals are the heart and soul of Broadway. “Broadway Theatre” notes that The Black Crook, which debuted in New York on September 12, 1866

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber's Impact On The Theatre World

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    world. Not only do people flock to see his shows, but the pure fact that people outside of the theatre world know the composer of certain musicals is an accomplishment in itself. He has changed the musical theatre world. Some call him a “Broadway master” because his musical Phantom of the Opera surpassed his own record for the musical Cats to now hold the record for the longest running musical on Broadway as well as London’s West End ( Snelson 1). Cats has been translated into eleven languages and

  • Lin Manuel Miranda Influence

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    Lin-Manuel Miranda and His Influence on Modern Musical Theatre Many people would consider Tony Award winning composer, lyricist, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda a genius. With his musicals In the Heights and Hamilton, Miranda has been able to relate to modern audiences. His innovative uses of hip-hop, diverse casts, and commentary about race and immigration in his musicals allow his works to stand out amongst other modern Broadway shows. A large contribution to Miranda’s ability to write such powerful

  • Harry Potter Book Review

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    released on the 31st of July (which is in fact Harry’s Birthday) the world has gone crazy for this series once again. The author J.K Rowling teamed up with Broadway Director Jack Thorne and Broadway Play Writer John Tiffany to write this book but it really isn’t a book. It is the script for a theatre play which has been presented at Palace Theatre, London and I can expect many muggles around the world would like to see it hit the stage in their local city. However, this isn’t the only new release to

  • Lin Manuel Miranda Inspiration

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    mayor Ed Koch. Lin has a deep love for NYC and the theatre there his father once said ‘when you start to love something and

  • Wicked Musical Analysis

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    Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz based on a book by Winnie Holzman. The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz. Wicked celebrated its tenth anniversary on Broadway on 30 October 2013. It is the 9th longest-Broadway show, surpassing Beauty and the Beast. A typical performance runs for approximately two hours and thirty minutes. Wicked is famous for a long history, mighty messages and admirable songs. Wicked is a splendid show and have a

  • Oklahoma ! Musical Analysis

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    seamless whole, with no stops in between and should run smoothly. From reading ‘Musical Theatre: A History’ John Kendrick states a different opinion on Oklahoma! and whether or not it is fully integrated. “Oklahoma! Was most certainly not the first integrated musical, but it was the first organic musical play, in which every element serves as a crucial, meaningful piece of the whole’ (Kendrick, J. (2010) Musical Theatre: A History) Oklahoma! is considered as the first integrated show because of all the

  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Play Analysis

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    character’s attempts to gain other character’s trust for their own ulterior motives, which sickeningly seem to go according to plan for the most part. Les Liaisons Dangereuses is currently running on Broadway after an initial out of town run in London. As of now, it is at the Booth Theatre, a well known theatre that is a part of the Shubert Organization and has housed many successful revivals, such a The Elephant Man, The Glass Menagerie, and Hughie. The show had an initial showing out of town. The original

  • Hairspray: Movie Analysis

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    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 theater itself is small which

  • A Streetcar Named Desire Play Review Essay

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    of the late 1940s to early 1950s and is still prevalent in the theater community today. It originally opened on Broadway in a 1947 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, today more commonly known as the Barrymore Theatre, preforming for a little over a thousand patrons. The original Stanley was played by Marlon Brando, who would reprise this role in the movie adaptation. At the Barrymore Theatre, the set was quite complex with a full stairway and banister, a pallor with a 4-chair dinning set and all the dressings