While music and dance in theatre is found all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, the musical theatre comedy that we know of today is truly an American form. This class: examined the elements of musical theatre; classification of musicals; and unpacked the meaning of two current musical theatre songs, that were mashed up for a political message about safety in schools and the anxiety and loneliness that drives students into this type of violence.
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In class we studied the many classification of musicals including: Revue, Jukebox, Rock Opera, Book and Concept. Describe a musical which you have attended or participated as part of the company. What classification does it fall under? Why?
The choreographer, Bob Fosse, stated, two people having a conversation is acting, two people yelling at each other is singing and two people fist fighting is dancing. In this sentiment, he diminishes the stereotype that musical theatre is outside of our typical gestures and vocal expression. Through this statement, we see that musical theatre is the apex of emotion expressed through the various performing arts. Explain a real life situation where heightened reality feels like a musical.
Choose one current event and reimagine it as a jukebox musical using popular music to tell the story. Name three songs that would be contained in this musical and how they would forward the narrative of this tale.
The song Found/Tonight utilizes Dear Evan Hansen's "You Will Be Found" and Hamilton, the Musical's "The Story of Tonight". Is this song a fitting tribute for the March for our Lives campaign? Why or why not? What would be another song that better addresses this conversation?
Writing music for Disney's Moana, producing a film adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize nominated musical In the Heights, guest spots on TV from SNL to Sesame Street and everything in between, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Hamilton**, the Musical, is in high demand these days. His rise in popularity has allowed him the opportunity to use his celebrity status to discuss politics and shed light on important topics. In class we saw his video Found/Tonight for the March for our Lives. Look up another political issue that Lin-Manuel Miranda has supported. How has he used his position to aid this issue?
As always in DEARTS, we tie different themes and forms of art together. What elements of musical theatre remind you of other artworks or art forms that we've discussed or encountered in class? What reoccurring themes did you notice?
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