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Why isn't Showboat the first realist musical instead? 
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Post Why isn't Showboat the first realist musical instead?
Oklahoma wasn't the first musical to intergrate the songs into the story, as Showboat came out before it. My performing arts teacher says Oklahoma was the first realist musical, but why doesn't Showboat get this title? (I haven't seen Showboat, so that keeps me in the dark a bit)

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Post Re: Why isn't Showboat the first realist musical instead?
Oklahoma was the first musical to integrate songs AND dance into the story. So therefore Oklahoma was the first fully integrated musical.

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Post Re: Why isn't Showboat the first realist musical instead?
Showboat was the first musical to deal with serious subject matter and issues of the day. it holds that title.

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Post Re: Why isn't Showboat the first realist musical instead?
It sure does. It is a landmark musical

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Post Re: Why isn't Showboat the first realist musical instead?
The Gershwins and George S. Kaufman were heading in that direction, and if Strike Up the Band (1927 version) had gotten to Broadway in Sep or Oct 1927, it would now have that reputation. It dealt with warmongering, political incompetence, zenophobia and the Klan, all in a humorous way.

There are productions in NYC and Southsea, UK (near Portsmouth) in the next couple of months.

Lady, Be Good! (1924) also dealt with homelessness, hunger and sycophancy issues.


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Post Re: Why isn't Showboat the first realist musical instead?
make that xenophobia


Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:51 am
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