Blood Brothers

We went to see the musical “Blood Brothers”, at the Phoenix Theatre on February 4th 2008. “Blood Brothers” is set in Liverpool in the early eighties. It tells the terrible tale of two twins separated at birth, as a mother of seven and the only person in the house who earns money; she can’t afford […]

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Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical comedy. A mockery of the Arthurian Legend, it was first opened at Chicago’s Shubert Theatre in 2005. It is directed by Mike Nichols, choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, and now a winner of many prestigious awards. Tickets for the comedy are typically sold out much before its scheduled date. Once […]

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West Side Story

West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The musical’s plot is based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Set in New York in the mid-1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs […]

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Analysis of Something’s Coming: West Side Story

Something’s Coming appears towards the start of the musical and introduces Tony, the male lead. Through the song, the audience finds out that Tony is waiting for something to happen and feels like it will be soon. You will notice the use of muted brass in the accompaniment, a subtle jazz reference that places the […]

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West Side Story

West Side Story transfers Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to present-day New York. The love story of Romeo and Juliet becomes that of Maria and Tony. The feud between the houses of the Capulets and the Montagues is re-created in one involving two teen-age gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The famous balcony scene of the […]

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Continuity and change in the African American musical (or literary, or artistic) tradition, from slavery to hip hop

African-American music has continued to evolve in the face of diehard musical currents since the 1950s. Floyd (1995) is curious about the effect of political, social and artistic currents on the constant growth and concurrent stagnation of African-American Music (p.11). This paper therefore aims to discuss the continuity and change in African-American music from slavery […]

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