The History Of Musicals On Stage Is Broad And Extensive.There
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The history of musicals on stage is broad and extensive. There are many different histories of stage musicals: French operettas, Grecian plays, and Roman comedies are just a few. However, I am going to focus on American musicals. The musical that many Americans are familiar with has its roots in the French and Viennese operettas of the 1800s, but take their comic style from American Variety and Minstrel Shows, which led to Vaudeville and Burlesque shows. Known to be the first American musical, “The Black Crook”, produced in 1866, proved how profitable the musical theater could be in the United States. After that the American musical really burst forth, with full-length burlesque shows and British imports of musicals, like…show more content… The movie “Singing in the Rain” (1952) even offered a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s where the focus was on the transition from silent films to “talkies”. From the beginning, audiences embraced screen musicals with tremendous enthusiasm, with "The Jazz Singer" (1927) bringing in a slew of newcomer audiences as well as the usual stage musical goers. Even though the stock market crash of 1929 caused almost a third of movies theaters in the U.S. to shut down, the industry survived (but barely), because the public would use the few pennies they had to go see a film that would make them forget the Depression for an hour and a half. Because of this, film musicals attempted to provide happy and uplifting types of musicals, but they were not extremely successful. Fast forward to 1933, when the Warner Bros. Studios gave audiences dance-infused musicals, including “Forty-Second Street”, where Busby Berkeley took his reputation and experience as a dance director for several Broadway shows and helped rebuild film musicals’ rapport.
Due to the fact that, in the 1940s, America was fully focused on World War II in one way or another, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” was produced in 1942 by Warner Bros. Studios, and was a musical biography of George M. Cohan, “The Man Who Owned Broadway”. This musical highlighted the American patriotism and values that many