In this article we will present a brief history of musical theater from the beginning to the present day.
Musical actually began with ancient Greeks playing with songs. Even though they were not called music at that time, that was indeed them. The music is rough according to today’s standards and the stories are not very well done, again by today’s standards, but this is the beginning of what will become a modern musical.
In the 1700s there was a lot of stage entertainment, although once again they were not called musicals. The first English language work that has eternal value is The Beggar’s Opera which was carried out in 1728. It was a satire hoax. This is a typical type of entertainment that will be discovered until the 1800s.
Musical, as we know it today, began in the 1800s with French and Vienna Operettas. The works of Offenbach and Strauss are the first musicals to achieve international popularity.
Contemporary Broadway musicals, as we know them today, take their shape from this opera and are done in what we call Minstrel Shows. This finally gave way to a new musical form known as Vaudeville.
It wasn’t until 1860 with the success of the American musical Black Crook that it really began to take off. During this time we were treated to the great works of Gilbert and Sullivan from 1871 to 1896.
During the early 1900s, composers such as George M. Cohan and Victor Herbert gave musical sounds and new styles that are still popular today. This style was later updated by composers such as Jerome Kern, Guy Boulton and P.G. Wodehouse.
In the 1930s American musicals had achieved popularity as they had never seen before, with composers such as Rogers and Hart and Cole Porter dominating the era.
In the 40s and 50s we were treated to some of the biggest musicals in the so-called modern era. This musical includes classics such as Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, My Fair Lady, and the list goes on for miles.
In the 1960s we saw very good musicals such as Hello Dolly, Fiddler On The Roof, and Hair, which was the first musical in the United States to feature naked actors.