For the purpose of this class and our discussions, let's clarify the difference between musical theater and a musical review.
Musical Theater has a plot, singing and dancing. It's like a play, but includes song and dance.
A Musical Review may have songs (and even dances) , but does not have a plot. It's more like a variety show. The musical review may even be thematically related (patriotic, '50s) but is not like a play.
Musical theater was instrumental in the development of popular music in America because many songs became popular through these shows. And as you know, if enough people will buy it (pay for it) they will make more!
There were a few songwriter/lyricist teams who were very successful in this genre.
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King (music by Elton John)
"The Circle of Life" from The Lion King
(This info will be helpful on your first exam)
What was important about the following musicals?
Porgy and Bess
Jesus Christ, Superstar
What is the difference between a musical and an opera?
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