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What are the characteristics of Broadway musicals?

What are the characteristics of Broadway musicals?

Musicals set out to entertain through a combination of:

  • catchy music in a popular style.
  • solo songs, duets, choruses and ensembles.
  • orchestra or band accompaniment.
  • spoken dialogue.
  • dance sequences, stage spectacles and magnificent costumes.

What makes a musical a musical?

musical (noun): a stage, television or film production utilizing popular-style songs – dialogue optional – to either tell a story (book musicals) or showcase the talents of the writers and/or performers (revues). Courage – the guts to do something creative and exciting.

How does a Broadway show work?

In a workshop, the musical is being developed in everyway- the book, lyrics, and music may be changed, rewritten, cut and replaced. Dances are choreographed, scenes staged, and music, lines, and lyrics learned. As the show becomes refined, it will be performed for potential investors.

What was the shortest running Broadway show?


# Title Opening date
1. Kelly February 6, 1965
1. La Strada December 14, 1969
1. Little Johnny Jones (1982 revival) March 21, 1982
1. The Moony Shapiro Songbook May 3, 1981

What is a good musical?

Compelling Story Often, it is a mix of a great book, fascinating characters, and a great story that does so. Pretty much every great musical starts with one or more of those. For a musical drama, it is essential.


How Musicals are written?

Many musicals have been written in pairs or teams, with one person writing the music and one person writing the lyrics. Once you have written the music for the musical, you should create a list of songs. Notice if you have more songs than scenes in the musical.

How do you write a good musical?

When writing a musical, you must figure out your premise, what your show is really about at its core. Once you define your premise, make sure that everything serves that premise – every character, every scene, every line, every song. Anything that does not serve the premise is extraneous and must be cut.

How do you start a musical Theatre?

Tips For Breaking Into Musical Theatre

  1. Take lessons. Natural musical and dancing talent is important, but there is no substitute for formal training.
  2. Make a video of your performance.
  3. Have a good portfolio.
  4. Attend a college or conservatory.
  5. Be prepared for your auditions.

What is an opening number?

The Opening Number is literally the audience’s first peek into the world of your show. It’s their way in to the story.

What is the opening of a musical called?

In music, the introduction is a passage or section which opens a movement or a separate piece, preceding the theme or lyrics. In popular music, this is often known as the song intro or just the intro. The introduction establishes melodic, harmonic or rhythmic material related to the main body of a piece.

What is a reprise?

A reprise is a repetition of musical material heard earlier in a composition, album, or live performance. Repeated sections of songs are reprises. So are motifs that re-appear in a section of a classical sonata or a Hollywood film score.

What type of musical is the Wiz?

Super Soul Musical

How old is Stephanie Mills?

63 years (22 March 1957)

Was the Wiz a flop?

Box office. The Wiz proved to be a commercial failure, as the $24 million production only earned $13.6 million at the box office.

Which character in The Wiz defeats the poppies?

When the Lion shows his cowardice in a fight with the Kalidahs, a frightening witch like gang (“Kalidah Battle”), Dorothy comforts him (“Be a Lion”). When the four find themselves in a poppy field, Dorothy remembers the warning that Addaperle gave her about the dangerous Poppies.