Presentation on theme: "Musical film. What is a musical film? musical (noun): a stage, television or film production utilizing popular-style songs (dialogue optional) to either."— Presentation transcript:
What is a musical film? musical (noun): a stage, television or film production utilizing popular-style songs (dialogue optional) to either tell a story (book musicals) or showcase the talents of the writers and/or performers (revue) the songs are meant to advance the plot and/or the characters
Book musical s comic operas operettas extravaganzas musical comedy Revues vaudeville music halls minstrel shows
Three essential qualities Brains intelligence and style Heart genuine and believable emotion Courage the guts to do something creative and exciting
“new” songs any number that does not fit the other categories usually they serve special dramatic needs
gee, officer krupke (West side story) This song lets the Jets express their frustrations and gives the audience a breather from the tragic story line.
Hello, Dolly! Dolly Levi comes down the stairs of the Harmonia Gardens restaurant The waiter could have looked at her fondly and said “It’s good to have you back, Madam” This would not result in the dramatic impact needed for the audience Where words are not sufficient, the music and dance take over, bringing the show and its audiences to greater dramatic heights
Main “I Want” Song comes early in the first act, with one or more of the main characters singing about the key motivating desire that will propel everyone (including the audience) through the remainder of the show
Eleven O’clock Number takes place about midway through Act Two it can be a ballad, charm song, or comedy showpiece it does not have to mark a climatic moment in the plot, but it must be strong enough to energize the audience for the final scenes Note - since curtain times are earlier than in years past, this number now takes place around 10:00 p.m.
Tale as old as time (beauty and the beast) 11 o’clock - ballad
Hello, Dolly (Hello, dolly!) 11 o’clock - charm song
Finale Traditional Approach should carry an emotional wallop, leaving audiences with a powerful last impression this is usually done by reprising one of the score’s most emotion-packed numbers Alternative Approach is to introduce a rousing new song
circle of life (lion king) finale - traditional approach
You can’t stop the beat (hairspray) finale - alternative approach
Reprise all or part of a song is repeated to make a dramatic point and (usually) to energize the end of a scene