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 Post subject: Exhibition of American Musical
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 3:31 am 
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Spotlight on the musical

By GENE D'ALESSANDRO
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Auggust 15, 2004

"Even though there are blockbusters today, musicals don't represent the same things as they did during the golden age of the American musical."

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The American musical "is truly a mirror, and in many ways, a propeller of American culture," said co-curator Dwight Blocker Bowers in a recent television interview.
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 Post subject: Re: Exhibition of American Musical
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2004 7:39 am 
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"Even though there are blockbusters today, musicals don't represent the same things as they did during the golden age of the American musical."
The musicals of the Golden Age (I'm thinking of shows like South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, and my all-time favorite, Man of La Mancha) were about writing, directing, and performing; the modern blockbusters are mostly about fog and helicopters (and plots ripped off from classic operas).

Put differently, the older shows were about art and the newer shows are about technique.

Is this an absolute? Of course not; many older shows were not good at all, and some modern shows are quite valid, artistically. Nevertheless, those are the trends.

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I mourn the era that produced "Oklahoma" and "Carousel", musicals that went beyond mere entertainment and had memorable songs and dance.

I wonder if this would be better placed in "World Dance, Musicals and Social Dance".

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By EMMA BROCKES
The Guardian
August 27, 2004

They amused people in the 30s, hypnotised them in the 50s - and died out in the 70s. Now musicals are back. As an all-singing, all-dancing Cole Porter biopic looms,...
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