History of musicals

A very brief summary on the history of musicals

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History of Musicals
1920s- Ignore plot in favour of emphasizing star actors and actresses
- Big dance routines
- Popular songs
- George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers
1930s- Great Depression, little money to spend on entertainment
- Showboat, Porgy and Bess
1940s- Songs that furthered the action of the story, dream ballets
- South Pacific, the King and I, the Sound of Music
1950s- Popular Hollywood movies made from these musicals
1960s- Moved the musical beyond its concentration on the romantic
- Rock music used
1970s (onwards) - Rock musicals
- African-American influence to Broadway
- Real-life stories
- Strayed from usual style


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