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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
|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.|
1. Broadway: Works of Rodgers and Hart, Bernstein & Porter
This lesson explores the Broadway careers of Rodgers & Hart, Bernstein, and Porter. It highlights famous musicals like Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, and West Side Story.
2. Cole Porter: Songs, Music & Accomplishments
This lesson travels through the life, songs, and accomplishments of the famous Cole Porter. It highlights his prolific career, listing works like Gay Divorce, Anything Goes, and Kiss Me Kate.
3. Stephen Sondheim: Lyrical Contributions to Musical Theater
Stephen Sondheim wrote some of the most celebrated lyrics in American musical theater. In this lesson, learn about his life and explore his style of writing, then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Rodgers and Hammerstein: Musicals, Songs and Plots
The team of Rodgers and Hammerstein was one of the most influential creative forces in the history of Broadway. Explore a few of their musicals and test your understanding of their legacy.
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