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Anything GoesA History of American Musical Theatre$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.001.0001

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At the Turn of the Century

At the Turn of the Century

(p.33) Chapter 3 At the Turn of the Century
Anything Goes

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing the advent of the musical comedy in the 1880s, as a spruced-up burlesque imitating Gilbert and Sullivan. Cinderella At School (1881), written by Henry Woolson Morse, and based on T. W. Robertson's play School, was the first work that billed itself as a “musical comedy,” though the term did not catch on till the early 1900s. The chapter also describes the Extravaganza—a blend of pantomime, burlesque, and musical comedy aimed at family audiences. The most notable examples are the The Wizard of Oz and Babes In Toyland.

Keywords:   musicals, musical comedy, Extravaganza, Cinderella At School, The Wizard of Oz, Babes In Toyland

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