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Prince Sondheim And The Concept Musical Analysis

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Prince, Sondheim, and the Concept Musical “...the musicals that Prince, Sondheim and their various collaborators offered in the early 1970s re-energized the Broadway musical, setting the genre on a soul-searching course that redefined the genre” -Kenrick, 2014 As the 1960’s came to a close, Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince joined forces to create a milestone in the development of American musical theater titled Company. Although the musical did not have a strong plot or much character growth, the musical had something new that audiences had never seen before. Together, Prince and Sondheim created the concept musical, which had a profound effect on Broadway for years to come. Through research, I will travel back to the beginning stages of Sondheim and Prince’s start of the concept musical, then venture to the 1970’s collaborations, and finally look to the effects that the concept musical had for the future creators. Prince and Cabaret No one has been more crucial to the evolution of the concept musical than Harold Prince. Being trained by George Abbott and Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince directed over twenty musicals on Broadway and often produced his own work. Prince became associated with the term “concept musical” when he created Cabaret in 1968. Working with Joe Masteroff (librettist), John Kander (composer), Fred Ebb (lyricist), Prince’s metaphor and link between Cabaret and Nazi Germany struck audiences hard. The show’s original idea began with telling a story, but
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