Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reality TV singing competitions take Broadway down a discordant path
by Garner, Andre, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 57; 1527933
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis illustrates the effect of reality television singing competitions on Broadway musical theatre. Chapter 1 examines the current Broadway casting climate prioritizing name recognition. Chapter 2 explores the genesis of musical theatre singing styles. Chapter 3 offers Stanislayski and Uta Hagen's acting techniques as a guide for musical theatre acting, analyzes the Jukebox musical, and investigates the reality TV singing style and its relevance to the musical theatre actor. The chapter then scrutinizes the hypocritical stance taken by reality TV singing shows toward the Broadway singing style. Chapter 4 examines the loss of storytelling on musical theatre and advocates the seeking of mastery in the acting process. Chapter 5 explores the circumstances that allow for Broadway to incorporate pop music. Chapter 6 reinforces storytelling's importance to musical theatre.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Gorman, Hugh
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater, Performing Arts
Keywords: American Idol, Musical theatre, Reality television, Televised singing competition
Publication Number: 1527933
ISBN: 978-1-303-98457-0
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