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The beginning of Musicals

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musical film 1927-1930
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Musicals began in the late 1920's. They weren't originally accepted by everyone, then eventually movie watchers started to develop a love for musical films. Musical films were originally shown with a soundtrack playing over them known as "talkies". "Talkies" weren't a success at all with many audience members, this is what led to the development of the vitaphone which gave the audience a better sound quality to the film they were watching.

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The first musical

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When Jazz Singer was released as a feature-length movie in 1927, it was the first movie that included dialogue and music on the filmstrip itself. Learn about this famous 'first talkie.'
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The Jazz Singer was one of the first musicals that used the vitaphone. The movie caught many people by surprise as it used dialougue as well as music throughout the whole movie. This film made way for other films to use audio soundtracks, also known as "talkies".

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West Side Story

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On September 26, 1957, West Side Story, composed by Leonard Bernstein, opens at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway.
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West Side Story is a musical film that premiered in 1961. Compared to the earlier movies of the 1920's-1930's, West Side Story has a darker approach to the musical genre. It takes the same concept of the classic Romeo and Juliet by Shakespere and puts a modern twist on it to relate to the issues of the time. A Polish American man and a Puerto Rican woman living in an urban area definitely gives a new form of the musicals of the 20's and 30's.

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Footloose

Footloose on DVD March 6, 2012 starring Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Kenny Wormald, Miles Teller.
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Today we have films such as Footloose that reflects on issues that teenagers and young adults deal with on a daily basis. Footloose examines many details such as events, dialougue between characters, and even scenery to make it more realistic and relatable. Throughout the movie the characters sing and dance in many scenes to still re-create the original version of Footloose.

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What does the future hold?

What does the future hold? | Musical Films | Scoop.it
an informational site about theatrical music, opera, its history, broadway and west end.
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Musical films have definitely came a long way, and they still continue to develop to this day. Now television shows have started to adapt the musical genre by dedicating an episode of their season to act out a musical. Shows such as "Ally McBeal" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" are two of the shows who have already adopted this new concept.

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Vitaphone | 1920s

Vitaphone | 1920s | Musical Films | Scoop.it
The Vitaphone was an early sound system of the 1920s that synced together the sound of separate phonograph recording to a projected moving picture...
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The vitaphone was a huge contribution to the development of the musical genre. It was a new form of a sound system that made the sound louder and clearer when the audience would watch.

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Stanley Donen

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Stanley Donen has often been called one of the best musical directors. He has directed a numerous amount of movies that has won him Academy Awards. When it comes to musicals, Stanley Donen is responsible for  the hit classic "Singing in the Rain" (1952). "Singing in the Rain" is a musical that is placed #5 on the American Film Institute's Top Films of All Time.

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Grease

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Similar to West Side Story, Grease is a movie based on teenage kids and the situations they face during the late 60's and early 70's. Throughout the movie they sing, dance, and act to show a variety of emotions and to communicate with one another in a different way. Grease has definietely proven itself to be a classic musical because it still has relevance to this day.

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Kenny Ortega

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2004 biography for choreographer and director Kenny Ortega / Eric Schwartzman
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Another well known director when it comes to musicals is Kenny Ortega. He is known for being the master mind behind Disney Channel's "High School Musical" and also Michael Jackson's "This is it". He has definitely made his mark in the Hollywood Film Industry, and is very well respected for the work that he does.

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RENT

i mixed around, parts of the movie; RENT to one of it's songs, Seasons Of Love, recorded by the cast in the movie. hope you like it.
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In the movie RENT, the characters sing through situations older adults experience. Rent is also a re-created musical. This time around, the environment that they are in is completely different from the original stage play most viewers have seen.

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