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This form of theater combine instrumentals, spoken dialogues, as well as dance. Some of the best of these shows in the world are performed on the stages of Broadway, with some of the most popular being, West Side Story, Les Misérables, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and The Producers among many others. Productions range from one act to several acts, but are typically presented in two acts.

The origin of this form of theater goes back to the Natya Shastra of ancient India in the 5th century BC, as well as to the Ancient Greeks with their comedies and tragedies. Song and dance in theatre was known to exist in the 3rd century Rome too.

Musical Theatre and Broadway

The Black Crook is credited with being the first musical, as we understand it today, in New York and was presented on September 12, 1866. This show ran for a record breaking 474 performances! By and by, musicals came to Broadway in the mid 19th century, and by the 1890s and the 1900s, hundreds of musical comedies came to be staged on Broadway.

Those early productions were A Trip to Chinatown (1891), Robin Hood (1891), Little Johnny Jones (1904), 45 Minutes from Broadway (1906), and George Washington Jr. (1906), among others.

The Golden Age of musical theatre on Broadway is generally considered to be between 1943 and 1968, though Broadway had still not come out from the aftereffects of the Depression, popularity of cinema and the television. However, those were the days when great musicals, such as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (1943), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), The Sound of Music (1959), Paint Your Wagon (1951), and My Fair Lady (1956) – based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, among others. Popular Hollywood movies were made from these great musicals.

In the 1990s, The Walt Disney Company started to adapt its animated musicals for the stages of Broadway. They produced such magnificent musicals for children, such as Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tarzan, and Mary Poppins. These were musicals on the large scale.

Musical theatres on Broadway have not all been on large scale. The 1990s and 2000s saw Broadway musicals created on a smaller scale, as well. These were Falsettoland, Passion, Little Shop of Horrors, Bat Boy: The Musical, and Blood Brothers, among others. This same time also saw a newer trend, when a minimal plot was created around a collection of popular songs. These musicals, among others, were:

Movin’ Out – Based on Billy Joel’s tunes
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
Jersey Boys – The Four Seasons
Daddy Cool – The Boney M Musical
Mamma Mia! – Featuring the songs of the great Swedish rock group ABBA

Tickets

Musical theatre Broadway tickets have seen an amazing increase in sales and with many revivals of great shows coming back onto Broadway musical theatre Broadway tickets are once again one of the most desired items in New York City.





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