How Music Inspired Broadway Theatres

LetTheMusicPlayBarryWhiteAdjustRed-1024x541-1-870x492.jpgThe 1700s was thronged with musical stage entertainments and the most successful of all was John Gays, ‘The Beggars Opera’ (1728). It was a ballad opera that satirized the stature of the respectable citizens of the society and portrayed them as common thieves. It was originally a Biritish opera but took hold of the American stages in the early 1800s. However, the first musical production for the American Colonies was “Flora”, a performance which took place in a court room in Charleston, South Carolina in the year 1735.

In 1750, Walter Murray and Thomas Keanses (actor-managers) set up the first significant theatre in New York. This was a start of the renowned Broadway Theatres. With the augment of the American Revolutionary War in 1775, theatres in New York were suspended temporarily. They started functioning again in the year 1798. In the same year, Park Theatre, with around 2000 seats was built on Chatham Street (Park Row now). Many more theatres followed in later.

‘The Elves’ was the first long run musical on Broadway. It was presented in 1857 and ran a total of 50 shows. Later, Laura Keene stepped in with her musical burletta in 1860. The show was called ‘The Seven Sisters’ and it delivered 253 performances. Thomas Baker contributed to the music in the play. Later then on 12th September, 1866, “The Black Crook” was presented. It is considered to be the first piece of theatre that presented the modern musical. It ran for complete five and a half hours and broke the record with it’s 474 performances. The success of The Black Crook paved the way towards development of American Musicals.

In the year 1919, Big Jeam Europe and his band produced the greatest hit tune “How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)”. Noble Sissle, who was the vocalist of the band and Eubie Blake, the pianist and composer, dreamt of revolutionising the American Musical Theatre. Then in 1921, Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake made a way for their musical, “Shuffle Along”. It not only broke the box office records, but also challenged the racial stereotypes of the period. “Shuffle Along” was written and performed by young African-Americans. It was the first ever lucrative piece of an ‘All Black Show’ on the Broadway Theatres. “I’m Just Wild About Harry”, was a hit song from the Musical which was performed by The Jim Cullum Jazz Band with Dick Hyman playing the piano. Paul Robeson was known as a big hit footballer but a small part in ‘Shuffle Along’ gained him a place in Musicals. In Eugene O’Neil’s “The Emperor Jones (1933)”, he played an important part.  The Opera for the Musical was composed and Louis Gruenberg which rose him to a remarkable distinction.

Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II came up with Oklahoma (1943). Oklahoma was the first play which developed the plot and the characters with every song and the dance associated with it. Within a decade, the music in Broadway became a popularity for the west. “The King and I”, “My Fair Lady”, “Gypsy” and many other songs were the hit affair of the era. What made the musicals hit were the talents in composing like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser and Leonard Berenstein. Among the directors were George Abott, Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse.

By the year 1990s, mega musicals at Broadway were no longer selling to the public, and added to this were the high costs. This restricted even the long running hits from making a profit. Disney’s “Lion King” and Livent’s “Ragtime” proved that multi-million dollar corporations were a mandate for getting a success. But by the year 2000, new musical comedies were seen blooming at Broadway. These included “The Producers”, “Urinetown”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Hairspray” and others. These gave a new hope to the theatre.

Another eminent personality in the world of Music was Robert Allan Zimmerman, or more popularly known as Bob Dylan. In the early stages of his career, Dylan wrote and sung extensively on the political causes of the period. His songs like “The Death if Emmett Till”, “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues”, “The Times They Are A-Changing” and “Blowin’ In The Wind” were widely appreciated. ‘I’d always liked the stage and even more so, the theater,” Bob Dylan wrote in his memoir, ‘Chronicles’. “It seemed like the most supreme craft of all craft”, he had added. London’s Old Vic Theatre has opened up the Bob Dylan Musical named “Girl From The North Country”. It has been written by Conor McPherson. The musical expresses the thoughts of the actor by Dylans most hit songs like “Like A Rolling Stone”, “I Want You”, “License to Kill,” and “True Love Tends to Forget”. With the kind of appreciation that the musical gathered, there are plans to bring it to America, possibly at Broadway.

Shades Of The Sun

  • This spot was extremely mesmerising and serene with beautiful light streaks oozing out from the sun.One could not simply get his/her eyes off the scene.I always carry my camera with me.I actually wear the camera and hence I was able to capture this moment perfectly.If we try to look for the meaning of this picture,It would be fathomless.Processing your thoughts about this picture in an optimistic way would only bring out the endless horizon in your vision,meaning the chances or opportunities are endless but if you learn to capture one at the right time,you will get a posotive result.Tell me your thoughts about this picture in the comments!👇
  • This place is actually a military site in the outskirts of Nasik but luckily I got an opportunity to step in.So I just climbed up at the highest possible spot and captured this Image.

Light Paintings

Here is a recent picture I took.These kind of pictures are called light paintings and are done in zero light area.There are two ways to get the desired pattern in the picture –

1.Move the camera accordingly    OR 2.Move the source of light.

Since I was using a torch here,it was more convenient for me to move the torch.Try clicking these picture.They are too much fun!Let me know what you think! 🙂

Meika Wollard Sketch

Here is a recent sketch I did of Meika Wollard.This was a commissioned work I did for one of her fans.I will be posting my other sketches too.For any kind of orders for sketches,Feel free to contact me.I ship them worldwide.Also don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.My username is @00artman.You can always ask for a sketch! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge

Here’s another portrait of a monkey.This is the best shot I have got till now (of monkeys). I tried depicting the Innocence in its eyes and I am quite successful.Tell me what you think!By the way stay tuned because I will be posting one of my sketches very soon.The next post would be something wonderful. 😄

Beast of the sky!

The bird you see in this picture is called the Shikhra.It looks a lot like the eagle but unlike it,it kills its prey in the air itself.The red colour in its eye does signify its existence as the beast of the air.I am so glad for I got a shot from such a close distance.Tell me your thoughts about this one in the comments! 🙂

I keep it Handy

I always keep my camera with me because you never know what all stories you’ll see that will make you really beautiful pictures.This picture was just an attempt to pass time but it became something really serious later on.I had the intensity of light falling on my hand controlled quite well using butter papers and the result was really pleasing.I personally prefer using Sony.And this idea of getting a picture of the lens cover in a fancy way was totally spontaneous.I haven’t tried copying anybody.Tell me your thoughts on this one! 🙂

Weekly Photography Challenge

Monkeys are what photographers look for in the jungle.Getting a good shot of monkeys is hard because one can’t easily capture all the details of its face.I am glad that I got a chance to take this picture with the baby monkey looking directly into the lens.I had set the camera on 10 fps,meaning it would take a total of 10 shots in one second and this was the best one.Tell me what you think in comments! 👇

Weekly Photography Challenge

I tried to keep this picture simple by focusing on the two stalks of grass and at the same time having a nice background,thus making it a well composed picture.The stalk on the right acts as a leading line,giving the picture a sense of continuity.Tell me what you think about this one.✌

The Indian Roller

The bird here is the Indian Roller.I like the blue shades it has got on it’s wings.Truly nature got its own beauty.I was lucky enough to get a shot from this close distance.Otherwise it’s really hard to find the bird and people often include it in the ‘rare one’.I will be posting more pictures of birds soon.Do send me an e-mail if you want some pictures for wallpapers.You’ll find my e-mail in my blog.