Janissa Saracino Musical Theater History October 21, 2009 Fanny Brice: The Journey of a 'Funny Girl' Comedienne, actress, radio star and mother, these were just some of the traits of the all around entertainer, Fanny Brice. She brought sparkle to the darkest songs and laughter to unknown depths. Starting as a vaudeville performer and working her way up to scale to a Zeigfield Follie was quite the journey for a lady to accomplish in a life. But somehow, someway Fanny got through it all and seemed to have a ripple effect on peoples lives. Even today, she is know known even if you don't know who she was.
Introduction: A Highlight in Fashion Swing music took storm in New York and architectural giants were erected. It was no coincidence that the tallest New York building in the world in the 1930s was also the most popular high-waisted skirt of the 1930s. The 1930s was largely associated with the Great Depression, the repeal of Prohibition, and technological advances. All of these factors, seemingly unrelated, affected the way women, men, and children dressed during this decade. Media and Lifestyle The art on the silver screens transcended onto the clothing that woman wore to personify a certain independence.
How does Shakespeare successfully create comedy in Act 1 of Twelfth Night? Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night takes place during celebrations when the social hierarchy seems to be nearing towards non-existent and rankings seem to be overrun by excess partying. Tricking each other and speaking in puns was common at this time meaning Shakespeare could easily incorporate humour into the play. Through physical comedy, wit and wordplay and the use of dramatic irony, Shakespeare brings out the elements of comedy to the audience, keeping them entertained throughout. In Act 1 Scene 1 we are introduced to the Duke, Curio and Valentine.
Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend Who was America's biggest sex symbol? Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. During her all-too-brief life, she overcame many hardships and heartbreaks. With her infamous blonde hair and witty personality, millions have fallen in love with her beauty and talent. Marilyn Monroe, born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles as Norma Jean Mortenson.
The Flappers of the Twenties There has not been an era in American history that has seen such a drastic and dramatic change in the style and status of women than in the 1920s. In this era, also known as the Roaring Twenties or the Era of Wonderful Nonsense, a new woman was born just out of the blue. A woman that smoked, drank, danced, and voted. Such a woman that went to petting parties, wore make-up, and cut her hair short. This woman was euphoric and precarious.
Gene Kelly choreographed several dance and drama films, one called “An American in Paris” (1951). Michael Kidd is also an outstanding choreographer, who produced motion picture choreographer, in which dance further is the story line. Debbie Reynolds was another familiar name in movie musicals of the 1950’s. She was not a trained dancer but had great stage charisma. Her breakthrough in 1950 was in “Two Weeks with Love”, starring
A woman at the party began to dance in a new style, shimmying, and people weren’t sure how to respond until “the erroneous news [went] around that she [was] Gilda Gray’s understudy from the Follies”(41). Shimmying became a popular way for women to dance during the 1920’s after Gilda Gray introduced it. The new style of dance was one of many things that led to jazz being called a bad influence on society. During this time people began to live their lives based on having fun, and less about following moral traditions, leading to jazz being associated with socially questionable activities. "Well, we're almost the last to leave tonight... the orchestra left half an hour ago"(52).
She and Weston developed a comedy routine in which they assumed the identity of an incompetent lounge act named Jonathan and Darlene Edwards, parodying well-known songs. The act proved popular at parties and among the wider public when the couple released an album as the Edwardses in 1957. In 1961, the album Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris won Stafford her only Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album, and was the first commercially successful parody album. Stafford largely retired as a performer in the mid-1960s, but continued in the music business. She enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity in the late 1970s when she recorded a cover of the Bee Gees hit, "Stayin' Alive" as Darlene Edwards.
Drama Practice Live Performance Evaluation PYGMALION. Before, I had gone to see the play; I had a very vague idea of the plot from watching a chick-flick movie in which this very play was acted out as a musical and so, did not expect anything too heavy or filled with talking. In full honesty, I had expected this play to be a bit physical as well as verbal. It was called Pygmalion and it was, in summary, about a bet made by Professor Higgins, scientist of phonetics to Colonel Pickering, linguist of Indian dialects that with his knowledge, pass a cockney speaking Convent Flower girl, Eliza Doolittle as a duchess at an ambassador's garden party, presenting her as a lady. It was held at the British Club, which is a club in which British residents in Bangkok, and a lot of other nationalities are regular at.
Everything makes the show fantastic, and brilliant. The first scene in second part was impressive as well. The first scene is “Masquerade/Why So Silent”, one of my favorite parts of the show. Dancers and singles were all on the stair of the stage with bright color fineries. The music is bright and festive which makes you want to fly onto the stage, dance, singing and celebrate the New Year with them together.