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Title: Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Definition of Musicals
Interactive Learning Station
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What is a musical?
The definition of a musical is a stage,
television or film production utilizing
popular-style songs and dialogue to either tell a
story (book musicals) and/or showcase the talents
of varied performers (revues).
The New Amsterdam Theatre, home of The Lion King,
The Student Prince, The Merry Widow and The
Ziegfeld Follies.

The best musicals have three essential qualities
  • Courage the guts to do something creative and
    exciting, such as The King and I.
  • Heart genuine and believable emotion (South
  • Brains intelligence and style (Sound of Music)

The First Musicals
  • Ballad operas were first.
  • Borrowed popular songs of the day and rewrote the
  • John Gays The Beggars Opera ran for 62
    performances in 1728, one of the longest!
  • Second type was comic operas.
  • Michael Bafles The Bohemian Girl (1825) was one
    of the first.
  • I Dreamt I Dwelled in Marble Halls is still a
    favorite among coloratura sopranos.
  • However, musical theatre and film arent really
    descents of opera.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
  • In the summer of 1942, Rodgers and Hammerstein
    first began to work with each other. Their first
    musical was Oklahoma! This was also the first of
    a new genre, the musical play, representing a
    unique fusion of Rodgers musical comedy and
    Hammersteins operetta.

  • Set in a Western Indian territory just after the
    turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry
    between the local farmers and cowboys provides
    the colorful background against which Curly, a
    handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl,
    play out their love story. Although the road to
    true love never runs smooth, with these two
    headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's
    journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a
    country road. That they will succeed in making a
    new life together we have no doubt, and that this
    new life will begin in a brand-new state provides
    the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

South Pacific
  • Set in an island paradise during World War II,
    two parallel love stories are threatened by the
    dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky
    nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature
    French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the
    mother of his children was an island native and,
    unable to turn her back on the prejudices with
    which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of
    marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable
    denies himself the fulfillment of a future with
    an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen
    in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie.
    When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a
    dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie
    realizes that life is too short not to seize her
    own chance for happiness, thus confronting and
    conquering her prejudices.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best
  • 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book and
  • 9 Donaldson Awards including Best Musical, Book,
    Lyrics and Score
  • Academy Award

  • The final collaboration between Rodgers
    Hammerstein was destined to become the world's
    most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too
    high-spirited for the religious life, she is
    dispatched to serve as governess for the seven
    children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing
    rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her
    generosity of spirit, gradually captures the
    heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon
    returning from their honeymoon they discover that
    Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand
    the Captain's immediate service in their navy.
    The family's narrow escape over the mountains to
    Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides
    one of the most thrilling and inspirational
    finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion
    picture version remains the most popular movie
    musical of all time.
  • 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book and
  • 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture

Self Check
  • Where can a musical be performed?

a) On stage
b) In a movie
c) On television
d) All of the above
Great Job!!!
What song from Michael Bafles The Bohemian Girl
(1825) is still sung today by coloratura sopranos?
Happy Talk
I Dreamt I Dwelled in Marble Halls
Oh, What a beautiful morning
Right Answer!!!
Who were the main characters in Oklahoma?
Curly and Laurey
Nellie and Emile
Rodgers and Hammerstein
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What war was going on during South Pacific and
The Sound of Music?
Revolutionary War
Civil War
World War I
World War II
Correct Answer!!
The End!!
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    York Ziff- Davis Publishing Company, 1960
  • Grotjan, Allison Hemphill, Libby. Home Page. 20
    October 2002 http//
  • Kenrick, John. Musicals 101. 20 October 2002.
  • Taylor, Deems. Some Enchanted Evenings The story
    of Rodgers and Hammerstein. New York Harper
    Brothers, 1953.
  •  The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. 1998.
    The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. 20
    October 2002. http//