William Shakespeare: The Father of Modern Theater

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Once upon a time, before people could order television service from http://www.cable-tv.com/DIRECTV-Cable/, theater was the ultimate form of entertainment. As a matter of fact, television is really a brand new invention in the grand scheme of history. Theater, on the other hand, has been around for more than two and a half millennia.

Of all the theatrical performances that have taken place in human history, the plays of William Shakespeare are certainly the most well-known. Shakespeare (1564-1616) is largely considered the greatest writer and dramatist in the English language. His surviving works include approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets and a number of poems. Since the end of the 16th century, Shakespeare’s plays have been performed thousands (possibly even millions) of times and continue to be performed all around the world today.

Shakespeare’s 38 plays are traditionally divided into three categories: tragedy, history and comedy. While he was equally talented writing for all three genres, some of his plays are immensely more popular than others. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing are all widely recognized and acclaimed plays. Several of these have even been adapted into Hollywood films. However, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet are by far the most celebrated and frequently performed Shakespearian plays.

3 Unknown Facts About the Musical Oklahoma

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There is always some tidbit of information floating around that you are not aware of. Let us unravel three unknown facts about this iconic musical, Oklahoma!

First of all, it wasn’t named Oklahoma! initially, the first running title was Away We Go!. It opened with its original name, for out of town tryouts, on March 1943 in New Haven’s Shubert Theatre. Many critics called it a flop, but the musical’s writers were confident that Read the rest of this entry »

The Playwright For Guys and Dolls

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We all know the multi-dimensional characters, the perfect dialog, and the unforgettable libretto of Guys and Dolls. But who was behind the story of Nathan, Adelaide, Sky and Sarah? It was a radio writer turned Broadway giant: Abe Burrows.

Abe Burrows began his career in radio, writing for such shows as This is New York and Duffy’s Tavern. In fact, he used ideas from those radio shows to begin forming the characters from Guys and Dolls. He enjoyed the thought of having rougher characters speak like ladies and gentlemen.Check out this link here. This is how the uniquely flawless Read the rest of this entry »

The History of Fiddler On The Roof

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The Fiddler on the Roof – at least the more famous version – is a 1964 musical play with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics written by Sheldon Harnick. The story for the play was written by Joseph Stein but is based on a story by Sholem Aleichem called “Tevye and his Daughters”. The play was a commercial and critical success, garnering 9 Tony Awards and becoming the first musical to be performed more than 3,000 times. It later spawned a movie adaptation that was also a success, winning 3 Academy Awards.

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The Most Famous Actresses in My Fair Lady

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The most famous actress in My Fair Lady? Well she was truly the most sought after working girl of her time. Audrey Hepburn. Born in Belgium May 4, 1929 she was raised in England where she attended school. Though her first film was Gigi she became famous for her role in Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn is a favorite for many reasons including her impish good looks and magnetic screen presence but many are unaware of her contribution to humanity. Vividly aware of her fellow human beings she started inquiries into human aid early in the 50′s. Her family lived some time under Read the rest of this entry »