Musical Theatre History


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Musical Theatre History
  Development of the Musical  Primitive Man -Medieval Europe  Caveman -explained customs through music, song, dance, and acting  5th Century B.C. -sang (chanted) lines, chorus moved rhythmically to music  Rome -pantomimes used a dancer to relate story through movement as chorus sang narration  Medieval Europe -wandering performers provided entertainment for castles (nobles) and town festivals (everyone else)  Renaissance -18th Century  Italian  Commedia dell ’ arte used singing and dancing  Intermezzo (between acts) used songs, dancers, music, scenery  1st opera: Dafne 1597 (chanted lines to music)  English  Used masques, intermezzos and background musicians for entertainment as well as pantomime (the English version of commedia dell ’ arte)  Burlesques which featured scantily dressed women  Ballad Operas which featured plots, dialogues songs with new lyrics to old melodies  Comic Opera which featured srcinal music  19th Century -USA  Comic Operas and Pantomimes performed  Minstrel shows -played banjos, tambourines, sang, danced, and made  jokes in Blackface.  Music Halls and Vaudevilles -unrelated acts, magic, jugglers, acrobats, sketches, animals, singers, and dancers.
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