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    Broadway Musicals Through out the years Broadway has produced many wonderful musicals. Many of these musicals are based on comedy, or carry a highly comical tone. However, Broadway is probably most well-known for its more thought evoking, solemn musicals. Topics for these musicals rang anywhere from the obscurity of cats dancing in a junk yard, to the barricades of nineteenth century France. Here are some of the most influential and best known musicals: Cats, The Phantom of the Opera,

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    Essay On Jerome Robbins

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    Known for being an all-around theatre man and a master of the Broadway musical, Jerome Robbins was known as one of the most imaginative, influential, and popular American creators of dance in the twentieth century. Robbins, in partner with his sense of innovation, was known for his skillful use of contemporary American themes and was notably praised for structuring ballets within the traditional framework of classical dance. Born originally under the Jewish surname Rabinowitz, Jerome Wilson was

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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

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    Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. His parents were Italian immigrants Natalina Della and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra. Sinatra 's mother was often called “Hatpin Dolly,” and was well known for her fiery volatile Ligurian personality, according to lifetimetv.co.uk. Frank had a decent childhood, due to Saverio 's job as a firefighter. He was also a Sicilian boxer and bar owner. Frank Sinatra decided at a young age that he wanted to work hard and get ahead in life (IMDb

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    Arthur Miller was born on October 17, 1915 in Manhattan, New York; and died on February 10, 2005 in Roxbury, Connecticut. He is known as a playwright, author, essayist, screenwriter, voice actor and a novelist. His nationality is American and his favorite plays are the “Time Bends”, “The Crucible”, “All of my Sons”, “Death of a Salesman” and “A View from the Bridge”. Arthur Miller’s father was an Austrian Jewish immigrant who owned a woman’s clothing manufacturing business. His father lost his wealth

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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

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    Barbara Spector Angel

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    Some of those places include the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, West Point, Broadway shows, Coney Island Amusement Park, Jones Beach, upstate New York, and Niagara Falls. During the Summer, they would also go to Clarion Acres in upstate New York and enjoy the country. Clarion Acres was a place where families would go over the summer

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    Lucille Ball is an admirable woman for contributing to the world numerous times. Born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York. Lucille Ball got her start as a singer, model and film star before becoming one of America's top comedic actresses. With the 1950s TV show I Love Lucy, she became a hit. When she was 15 she convinced her mother to allow her to enroll in a New York City drama school. Despite how long it took she still never gave up and still kept working hard. She was also in 72 movies (aka

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    Wicked: The Musical

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    Wicked was the musical I attended for this assignment. It is a beautiful show about learning and friendship, it is a story from the viewpoint of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. This musical was presented by the traveling broadway performers in Milwaukee; the musical started with Elphaba living life as a social outcast and ends up being able to fly and be who she really is. Elphaba then meets her roommate, Glinda the Good, and she is self-absorbed, gets whatever she wants. With this, becomes

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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

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    Jennifer Lopez Leader

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    incredible journey. Her career started out in 1990 when she was a “fly girl” for Living Color. She always wanted to be a dancer, and it was her dream to dance on broadway. She studied ballet and jazz, but once hip-hop became popular, she found her strong suit. Lopez went overseas to appear in two productions. She appeared in Golden Musicals of Broadway which toured Europe and Synchronicity which toured Japan. She then pursued her acting career when she started appearing in many television pilots. Lopez started

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    Negro Theatre History

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    The American Negro Theatre was established in Harlem in June 1940 by black writer Abram Hill and black actor Frederick O 'Neal. The purpose and legacy was to create opportunities for African American artists and produce many plays that reflected the great diversity of African American culture. Many of the theater 's first members including O 'Neal and actress Ruby Dee were from another theater company. Financial issues and artistic difficulties brought the unfortunate demise of ANT by the mid-1950s

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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

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    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

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    more than twenty-eight stage musicals and more than 500 songs between 1919 and 1943. Their first song on Broadway was “Any Old Place with You,” sung in A Lonely Romeo (Hurwitz 100). They had individual songs appear in a variety of shows, but their first complete score and break through success was The Garrick Gaieties. This was originally scheduled as a two-performance fundraiser for the Theatre Guild, but was so successful that it was extended and ran for 211 performances. After this, the team of

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    Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American actor, composer, and lyricist. He is most famous for writing and acting in the Broadway musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008. 35-year-old was born in New York City of Puerto Rican descent. He attended Hunter College High School and Wesleyan University. He founded a hip-hop theatre troupe called "Freestyle Love Supreme". Miranda also wrote, directed, and acted in an independent film called Clayton 's Friends (1996)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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