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What do you think is the change in musical theatre from when it first originated to now? 

" The vocals. Period. Considering musical theatre originated from poppers, the change has been drastic. I think that the vocals have changed the most, but the choreography has also changed. It was nevevac out dancing or mothat around the stage, but now choreography seems to be one of the most important parts of a show. 

 

Do you believe that society cared more about musicals theatre then, or now?

It all depends on how you look at that topic. If you consider caring about musical theatre worrying about the technique and difficulty of the show, then I would say that society cared more back then. Big you look at it from the point of view of how popular a show is, how many views it gets, or how much money it makes then I would say now. 

 

How do you think musical theatre has made an impact on society?

In my opinion, not much at all. it may have affected a small part of society, but as a whole I don't think it has made much of an impact at all. 

 

how do you think society has made an impact on musical theatre?

Definietly much more than the other way around. Societys impact on musical theatre is huge. In my opinion more negative ways than positive. Is not about the background of the show anymore, or the technique involved, but more about what society wants to see. Not that thshouldn't important, but that's not what theatre should be about. 

 

How is high school theatre different than "the big time"? 

It's not. Simple as that. I treat you kids no different than I would with professionals getting paid to perform a show. The age may be different but I treat everyone the exact same when directing a show. 

 

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Making Money from Musicals

Making Money from Musicals | Musical theater | Scoop.it
This week the musical version of ‘The Lion King’ broke records to become the highest grossing musical of all time, smashing the box office with total gross earnings of $858.3 million. Its investors must be jumping for joy.

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Articles like this still give me hope that musical theatre has a great chance to stay as a strong part of our society.

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French musicals - Differences between writing in French and English

French musicals - Differences between writing in French and English | Musical theater | Scoop.it
I've been reading The Musical World of Boublil and Schönberg by Margaret Vermette. Boublil and Schönberg are, of course, most famous as having written Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. They write their shows first in French but usually they are not staged until they have been written in English. Through interviews with Boublil and Schönberg and their co-collaborators Vermette examines how this works.

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i found this one interesting in the fact that most musicals are not produced or staged until they are written in English. i never knew that.

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Half a century of great musicals: Part Two, 1977 to 1992 - Shenton's View - The Stage

Half a century of great musicals: Part Two, 1977 to 1992 - Shenton's View - The Stage | Musical theater | Scoop.it

I began an impromptu survey of half a century of great musicals yesterday covering the first 15 years of my life from 1962 to 1976, inspired by a 40th birthday party last weekend in which each year of the host’s life was marked by a song from a show that meant something to him. Today I continue with the years 1977 to 1992, before I conclude the story (so far) tomorrow!


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i love this one simply because it talks about some amazing musicals :)

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Acting is the key to good singing - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

BEHIND THE SCENES: Acting is the key to good singing - Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Musical theater | Scoop.it

According to this article, sometimes good acting makes up for a lack of singing ability. If you can convey the feelings of the music, your ability might not matter as much. Acting out the music and showing the feeling through your facial expressions, actions, and intensity can make or break a song. A great singer can crank out those notes all they want, but if they don't have the face to show the pain or love or excitment of the music, they might as well have a terrible singing voice. Many of us have seen a middle school choir performance or little kids trying to act. They focus so much of their attention on remembering the words or notes that they look distant or disinterested. Good acting can make all the difference and it's something I know my choir teachers have been trying to drill in me for years.


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LOVE THIS. This helps prove that you may be lacking in one thing, in this case singing, but if you are strong in another area it can help. Although both singing and acting are critical, you may be stronger in one more than the other.

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A new look for old(er) musicals and younger talent - The Stage

A new look for old(er) musicals and younger talent - The Stage | Musical theater | Scoop.it

I’ve been writing here this week a lot about musicals and the impact that critics can make on their development, some of the secrets for success (though if only there were cast-iron guarantees for what they were we could all produce them!), as well as a new festival that started just yesterday at the Landor to promote the new work of over 40 writers.


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I think that's one of the beauties of musical theatre. You can perform a musical endless times with different people and it will be different every time

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Reference Materials, Library - Office of Careers and Professional Development

Reference Materials, Library - Office of Careers and Professional Development | Musical theater | Scoop.it

MY THOUGHTS: This page covers what should be included in an arts adminstration resume, another thing I have been struggling with while preparing for my Emerson interview. The resume should include professional experience, references (unlike a typical resume), skills RELATED to the arts, and your past education. It should be in plain font and not flashy.


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This article will be good to better understand what it takes to be fully prepared for an audition or interview in the musical theatre department

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The Future of the British Musical « Love Theatre

The Future of the British Musical « Love Theatre | Musical theater | Scoop.it
Where did all the British musical theatre composers go? A reasonable question to ask when glancing at the West End, a theatrical district saturated with Broadway imports and jukebox musicals. The musical theatre landscape ...

Via Kirsten Olson Malinee
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doesnt surprise me that british musical composers are all gone. everyone else including us are all for taking risks and trying new things, but they are not so sure on that. they would rather keep it traditional

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The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) |Adelaide Fringe 2013 | Fringe Review | Fringe Theatre Reviews

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) |Adelaide Fringe 2013 | Fringe Review | Fringe Theatre Reviews | Musical theater | Scoop.it

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actually very intetesting. this was saying that the musical isnt about the story as much as it is the music. i believe that they are both equally important so i fid that hard to believe.

 

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David Jobling's curator insight, February 16, 2013 9:14 PM

   As for the performing ensemble Fiona DeLaine, Mark DeLaine (who also directs), Rod Schultz and Michaela Burger - they were faultless; I have seen each of them in other major shows around Adelaide before and seriously enjoyed their work in acclaimed productions of "Sweeny Todd" (Fiona DeLaine and Rod Schultz) and "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Michaela Burger) to name only a couple, but here they effervescently glimmer, obviously enjoying the delectable satire that mocks the mainstream musicals and draws attention to the ingredients that hook us into enjoying those big shows

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Le Marche and the 100 Historic Theatres

Le Marche and the 100 Historic Theatres | Musical theater | Scoop.it

Le Marche is the land of historic theatres hosting as it does over 100 of them, quite remarkable for a region with a population of just one million and a half !
Le Marche's theatres have always been the pride and joy of its people and a popular diversion before television and cinema got the upper hand.
Ascoli Piceno's Teatro Ventidio Basso, Fermo's Teatro dell'Aquila, Fano's Teatro della Fortuna, Jesi's Teatro Pergolesi just to name a few are all outstanding. Also not to be missed:
Ancona’s plaza-like Teatro delle Muse features a neoclassical façade, stunning modern interior design, cutting-edge technology, and an artistically significant fireproof curtain by the renowned artist Valeriano Trubbiani.
Pesaro's Teatro Rossini, inaugurated in 1818 with a performance of Gioacchino Rossini's La gazza ladra conducted by the great composer himself and after a long restoration it reopened again in 1980 – for the premiere Rossini Opera Festival.
Macerata’s Sferisterio was started in 1820 and opened nine years later. The unique shape of the building –a playing field, a supporting wall, boxes and balconies– was perfect to play such games as ball and bangle or for bull fighting, which were popular pastimes at the time of the Papal State. The Sferisterio Opera Festival is held every summer and performances start at nine in the evening, so as to allow the spectators to enjoy the spectacular view of dusk turning to night.


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i like this article simply because it is showin that unlike going to the movies.. evey theatre has a story and with such detailed designed walls and ceilings its hard to not be amazed.

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Mind, body and soul

Mind, body and soul | Musical theater | Scoop.it
It's one thing having a great set of pipes, but learning how to perform on stage or in a recording studio requires a whole new skill set.

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LOVE this article. It really does show that you must put your mind, body and soul into musical theatre, not just simply being able to sing, dance or act. It is much bigger than that

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Musicals Have the Power to Change Minds

Musicals Have the Power to Change Minds | Musical theater | Scoop.it
New research finds a work of musical theater can impact the way audiences think about a social issue.
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Lauren Sovel's comment, February 28, 2013 9:25 PM
I completly agree with the statement "Musicals have the power to change minds". It says in the article that not only can a story open your mind, but song can also. That is why i think that musical theatre plays such a role in society. This article will help me prove that not only can musical theatre be enjoyable, but beneficial to your health also.
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Society’s Impact on Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre was originally referred to Musical Comedy due to the light-hearted topics. However, a desire for more serious and meaningful messages and stories inspired a change and the word “com...
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Lauren Sovel's comment, February 25, 2013 1:13 PM
Not only has society changed because of musical theatre, but musical theater has changed in itself. I think this article will help better explain that...
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Broadway Musicals Hang on for Payoffs Beyond Weekly Gross - New York Times

Broadway Musicals Hang on for Payoffs Beyond Weekly Gross - New York Times | Musical theater | Scoop.it

Box office sales teetered between lukewarm and lousy this winter for all three, and they were each already struggling with mixed reviews from the critics last year — a deadly combination that usually leads producers to put shows out of their misery. Indeed, January and February are the months when many struggling productions close, like the recent Broadway flops “Lysistrata Jones” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” as theater owners line up hotter tickets for their houses before the lucrative spring and summer tourist seasons.


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This article shows that sometimes, the box offices are booming for musicals that are popular at the time, but then also shows that they do very bad at some points too. The fact that they do not have a steady income or people buying tickets isnt a good sign.

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Revivals and Movie Musicals Take Over Broadway - WNYC

Revivals and Movie Musicals Take Over Broadway - WNYC | Musical theater | Scoop.it

Chances are if you see a Broadway musical, it's something you've already seen. The selections include many Off-Broadway transfers, revivals and movies made into stage musicals. Broadway veteran composers Andrew Lloyd Weber ("Phantom of The Opera," "Evita," "Jesus Christ Superstar") and Alan Menken, ("Newsies," "Sister Act," "Leap of Faith") both have a record three productions running.


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This article also shows how different the musical theatre world is now from back then. They used to be produced for a show only, but now they are movies, shows and many more.

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Passion for American Musicals Is Strong in Paris; Sondheim, Lapine, Weill, Bernstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein Embraced - Playbill.com

Jean-Luc Choplin, the director of the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, is continuing his love affair with the American musical — and, he says, Parisians are now having their own affaire de coeur with our theatrical trademark.


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This shows exactly what is happening in Americal with regards to musicals. Interest in them is going down rapidly here and becoming more and more popular in other countries.

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The Stigma of Dubbing in Movie Musicals Needs To End

The Stigma of Dubbing in Movie Musicals Needs To End | Musical theater | Scoop.it
Recently, pop singer Adam Lambert unleashed a series of tweets critiquing the vocal performances in the film adaptation of Les Misérables. “Visually impressive with great emotional performances,” he said.

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i disagree with Adam Lambert. Every single actor/actress in that movie sang their own part, there was no faking it. So for him to bash this movie and say that they were fake is not right. I think this shows how different society is no compared to a long time ago when it comes to singing and such.

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Singing and Dancing is a Plus for these Male Actors

Singing and Dancing is a Plus for these Male Actors | Musical theater | Scoop.it

 

Although society might expect the average so-called tough-guy to avoid activities such as singing and dancing, the entertainment world has always encouraged men to take on a diverse selection of ro...

 


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this article will be great due to the fact that so many movies and movie stars are turning into "broadway ready performances and actors. Les Mis is a great example.

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Rahul Kashyap's curator insight, January 11, 2013 12:19 PM

Although society might expect the average so-called tough-guy to avoid activities such as singing and dancing, the entertainment world has always encouraged men to take on a diverse selection of ro...

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The History of Dance in Musical Theater

The History of Dance in Musical Theater | Musical theater | Scoop.it
Dance in modern musical theatre plays an important role in telling the story. In the musical "West Side Story"---a modern remake of Shakespeare's "Romeo and ...

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This article shows how much dance can play in musical theatre. it also explains how it has an affect on different types and genres of musicals.

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Music Theatre International: Licensing Musical Theater Theatrical Performance Rights and Materials to Schools, Community and Professional Theatres since 1952

Music Theatre International is one of the world's major dramatic licensing agencies, specializing in Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End musicals.   A website for actors to look up shwos on, or for a director to find shows to direct


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i think this will be a good source to actuall see it from a licensing agencies point of view, not a producer, actor or even audiance member

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VOCAL PROCESS for Singing and the Actor Training, Belting and Musical Theatre techniques

VOCAL PROCESS for Singing and the Actor Training, Belting and Musical Theatre techniques | Musical theater | Scoop.it
Vocal Process is home to Singing and the Actor Training, Successful Singing Auditions and Looking at a Voice, the downloadable endoscopy Voicebox Videos ebooks featured on the BBC's Leading Edge science programme.

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its crazy to think how much vocal techniques have changed thoughout the years. it used to be based on opera and now it is who can sing the highest note or sing the louded. although there is training and technique involved in both. they differ greatly.

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PLAYBILL PICKS: The Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should ... - Playbill.com

PLAYBILL PICKS: The Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should ... - Playbill.com | Musical theater | Scoop.it

A new crop of musical theatre songwriter is making noise, and Playbill put its ear to the ground to hear what they have to offer. Pop-rock music, art songs, cabaret and traditional narrative show tunes inform the work of these rising writers. In this continuing series, we've got their stories — and audio samples of their songs.


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i like the idea that new types of musical theatre are coming into society, i just hope that people dont loose sight of what it is really about

 

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Should theatre leave more to the imagination?

Should theatre leave more to the imagination? | Musical theater | Scoop.it
Digital projections and computer animation make all kind of amazing effects possible – but do they rob theatre of what it's all about?

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also love this one. I agree that all of these effects may be cool, but that is not what theatre is about. This article is a prime example of how musical theatre has changed in the modern day and age

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Jacqueline Kynoch's curator insight, April 10, 2014 7:31 PM

We are all doing our best to constantly keep up with technology. However, how does the use of technology as a representation in theatre help or hinder the actors and audience? And what comparisons can you draw from modern theatre compared to contemporary theatre?  

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The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre: The People's Voice

The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre: The People's Voice | Musical theater | Scoop.it
Last night I started watching this three-part PBS special, Broadway or Bust, about this national musical theatre competition in NYC for high school performers. I have mixed feelings about this show. I love it anytime musical theatre makes it into mainstream culture, but I hate the idea of competition in the arts. Also, these kids are massively talented and they all seem really great, but it seems none of them understands yet that an actor "gives" a performance. After all, nobody ever says, "Wow, she got a really great performance tonight!" No, you say she gave a great performance.

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i liked this one in particular because of the fact that it talked about how there is competition between people in musical theatre. Its more than true and i think that it is something that most peopl dont quite understand. You must audition and earn a role in a show, it is nothing like a steady job with steady pay.

 

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Society’s Impact on Musical Theatre

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Walt Bechtell's comment, February 24, 2013 12:17 PM
Great articles! Don't forget commentation. Just watched Pitch Perfect with my daughter - interesting.