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  • Porgy and Bess
  • Strike Up The Band
  • Let 'Em Eat Cake
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Rodgers and Hammerstein

  • Oklahoma
  • Cinderella
  • Carousel
  • South Pacific
  • Allegro
  • State Fair
  • Sound of Music
  • Kind and I
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Learner and Lowe

  • Pain your Wagon
  • My Fair Lady
  • GiGi
  • Camalot
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  • West Side Story
  • Gypsy
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Longest running)
  • Anyone Can Whistle (Shortest Running)
  • Do I Hear A Waltz
  • Company
  • Folies
  • A Little Night Music
  • Pacific Overtures
  • Sweent Todd
  • Merrily We Roll Allong
  • Sunday in the Park with George
  • Into The Woods
  • Saturday Night
  • Bounce
  • Road Show (Which is re work of Bounce)
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What is Involved in the Reworking of Musicals?

  • Addapting an old musical to create a new one
  • Interpolating songs from outside the old show
  • Inventing new Charecters
  • Re Writing the Story
  • Re-ochestrating the music
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  • The Student Prince 1924
  • The Desert Song 1926
  • The New Moon 1928
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My Fair Lady

Henry Higgins, a Professor of Phonetics, encounters Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, one cold March night at Covent Garden market. He declares to his friend Colonel Pickering that in three months he could transform Eliza into a duchess. 

Over the course of several months Eliza, who moves into the Higgins household, is put through a gruelling course of phonetics and elocution lessons by Higgins. Eliza's moment of triumph comes at the Embassy Ball. She is beautiful, elegant and well-spoken and proves to be an enormous success particularly with the young gentleman Freddy Eynsford-Hill who falls desperately in love with her.

After the ball Eliza falls into despondency as she sees Higgins celebrating his triumph in passing Eliza off as a duchess, showing little consideration for her feelings. Unnoticed, she slips out of Higgins' house and seeks consolation with Higgins' mother. Higgins comes in search of her but Eliza refuses to return with him.

Back at home, Higgins realises that he has become accustomed to Eliza. But suddenly Eliza reappears. She has forgiven Higgins and has decided to return

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  • Operetta is the dominant Genre of the time.
  • Gilbert and Sulivan, Lehar
  • Cohen and Berlin acting as influences
  • Broadway is becoming established in this early time
  • 1927 The Jazz Singer, potentialy causing issues for broadway
  • Prohibition: Alcohol been prohibited - Linking with the escapist form of Opertetta 
  • 1927 Showboat: dealing with racial issues, the beggining of the book musical, novel by Edna firmer. 3rd Longest run of the 20's
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  • Great Depression coming out of the Wall Street Crash in 1929, Less money for musical theatre
  • Federal Theatre 1935-39.
  • Kills of Opperetta and allows Musical Comedy to grow.
  • Political Satire (Gershwins) The Craddle Will Rock gets banned Strike up the Band 1927, Rev 1930, Off Thee I Sing 1931, Let 'Em Eat Cake 1933.
  • Anything Goes, Cole Porter 1934.
  • Cole Porter wrote for Musicals, Film Scores, and was seen as a High memeber of Society.
  • Gershwins Porgy and Bess 1935.
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  • Rodgers and Hammerstein becoming a big colab in this period, known for the birth of the first integrated book musical, both were strongly influenced by Operetta.
  • Rodgers and Heart had a failing co-alition, known for Pal Joey 1940 which involved lots of short stories.
  • Debut work together was Oklahoma 1943 with over 2,000 runs.
  • They start setting trends for people into the 50's (Learner and Loewe)
  • Cole Porter's Kiss me Kate 1948 bassed on the taming of the shru, Jazzy
  • Kurt Weil One touch of Venus 1943 Regular musical comedy/satire.
  • Leonard Bernstein's On The Town 1944 adaptation of ballet, dance, advancing in the plot and Jazzy rhythm.
  • Petrillio's Ban - No cast albums
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  • The main forms of broadway we have in the 50's are Musical Comedy and Musical Play.
  • Production costs stuck, meaning that it would cost 150,000 - 300,000 to produce.
  • 6 month run to make a proffit.
  • Stage stars were becoming celebs as there was increased radio play.
  • Musical Comedy: Guys and Dolls 1950 film version 1955.
  • Musical Play: West Side Story 1957 film version 1961.
  • Film musicals are growing
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1960' + 70's

  • Growth of the Concept Musical
  • Cabaret 1966
  • A Chorus Line 1975
  • Around time Sondheims works are becoming big.
  • Rock came to Broadway in 1968
  • Hair 1967
  • Warfield's deffinitions of Rock Musical
  • Jukebox Musicals
  • Jesus Christ Superstar 1971 Start seeing the beggining of the megga musical
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  • The Megga Musical beggining to sore
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Schoenburg been big features of this
  • Start seeing Revivals and Reworkings 
  • Cameron Mackintosh - Oklahoma, Carousel
  • Reworkings adapt old music to create new.
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1990's + 2000's

  • Beggining to be diversity within the musical theatre.
  • Disney becoming big on Broadway.
  • Parade 1998.
  • Rent 1994.
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