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.
|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|
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