The period between early 1940s to mid-1960s or so, alternatively, the period between when the

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The period between early 1940s to mid-1960s or so, alternatively, the period between when the musical Oklahoma! (1943) was produced till the time when Hair (1968) was produced, is usually referred to as the Golden Age of the American musical (Kantor, 2010). It is during this period, that most of the noted titles such as “Carousel”, “South Pacific” etc. were produced. 1940s and early 1950s were dominated thoroughly by MGM musicals, while the late 1950s and 1960s belonged to Broadway. Initially, the musicals of this era had simple plots, unchallenging themes, with romantic or comedic characters and lots of singing and dancing. But towards the end of it, the plots were sophisticated, serious with singing, dancing as well as dialogue. In this…show more content…
It’s fair to say that none of these would have existed had West Side Story not first taught us that musicals could be made from painful stories that force us to confront our most dangerous internalized philosophies. Musicals could reflect the uglier, coarser sides of human nature and warn us of the consequences of not just personal immorality but also larger social issues. This musical included several dance numbers, which were innovatively choreographed and set and also had strong links between themselves. I felt West Side Story is about many such as rage and power, belonging and frustration; but most of all it’s about the scourge of prejudice, and its implications for love. West Side Story’s dark theme, sophisticated music, electrifying integrated dance, and no-holds-barred reflection of social problems marked a turning point in American theater. The musical style combines symphonic and jazz styles and Bernstein has focussed on dissonant, chromatic and syncopated elements to create musical tension suitable for the story and its setting. The musical ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical in 1957, but the award went to Meredith Willson's The Music Man. The play spawned an innovative 1961 musical film of the same name, directed by Robert Wise and Robbins. The film won ten

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