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About 100 Years of American Music Theatre in About 100 Minutes



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About 100 years of American Music Theatre in about 100 Minutes
By Cathy Blair
Book and CD
32 pages

Ten short units covering Broadway shows from 1900-2000. The 10 musicals featured in this book, one representing each decade from 1900-2000, represent the cornerstones of American music theatre. Relevant information about the composer, lyricist, book author, director and choreographer is included, as well as a synopsis of the plot and pertinent information about the development of the production.

The enclosed CD has performances of each featured song performed by high school singers and also includes 2 Audio Identify tracks.

For grades 3-6.

The Lingo - Players, Terms, Awards
The Shows, The People and The Songs:
     1900s: George Washington Jr. - George M. Cohan - You're a Grand Old Flag
     1910s: Watch Your Step - Irving Berlin - Play a Simple Melody
     1920s: Show Boat - Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II - Old Man River
     1930s: Porgy and Bess - George Gershwin - Summertime
     1940s: Oklahoma - Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart - Oklahoma
     1950s: West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins - America
     1960s: Fiddler on the Roof - Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick - Tradition
     1970s: A Chorus Line - Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Bennett - I Hope I Get It
     1980s: Cats - Andrew Lloyd Webber - Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats
     1990s: The Lion King - Sir Elton John, Tim Rice - Circle of Life

Reproducible Activities
: A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words, Partners in Creativity, I Know Those Guys, Find That Tune, Code Breakers Take Broadway, Broadway's Main Men Mix-Up, Audio Identify 1, Audio Identify 2, "The Lingo" Multiple Choice, Musicals Multiple Choice.

Answer Keys

CD Tracks:
You're a Grand Old Flag
Play a Simple Melody
Old Man River
I Hope I Get It
Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats
Circle of Life
Audio Identify 1 (6:17)
Audio Identify 2 (7:14)


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