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Ch 10: Musical Theater and Popular Music

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Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of musical theater and popular music. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Musical Theater and Popular Music - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Musical theater has actually been around in its very basic form since the ancient Greeks. Really, musical theater is just telling a story through song. This has been done by various civilizations. It wasn't until more modern times when theaters were built and actual productions were created that this form of music got its name. Musical theater doesn't even have to be done in an actual theater. Did you know that? Its basic definition includes any production - on stage, television, movies, anywhere - that tells a story through song and showcases the talents of the performers. With that in mind, I'm sure you are ready to watch the lessons in this chapter that will teach you about many different aspects of musical theater. This includes the fact that modern theater has actually introduced many songs into popular music - you have probably heard a few of them before, but maybe you didn't realize they got their start in musical theater. This chapter will teach you about topics that include:

  • Famous works from Broadway
  • The accomplishments of Cole Porter
  • Musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • Contributions to musical theater by Stephen Sondheim

Video Objective
Broadway: Works of Rogers and Hart, Bernstein and Porter Examine musicals from Rodgers and Hart, Bernstein and Porter.
Cole Porter: Songs, Music & Accomplishments Take a look at the music created by Cole Porter.
Rodgers and Hammerstein: Musicals, Songs and Plots Explore the work of one of the best known duos in musical theater.
Stephen Sondheim: Lyrical Contributions to Musical Theater See how lyrics play an important role in musical theater.

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