Contemporary Issues In The Musical Theatre

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As one of the people involved in the musical theatre world, Johnathan Tweedie, said: 'musical theatre is higher form of art'. Sometimes in everyday life people can't find words to express exactly what it is that they want to say, so in the form of musical theatre they break into song and they can express themselves through movement, because I feel that singing and dancing allows a person to express themselves in many different ways and on a deeper level than words can express. Musicals aren't anything new, as the history proves its connections with ancient Greek and Roman theatre. Usually they have a light tone and also have some humour. There can be many different stories told from love ...view middle of the document...

'I was invited to the international conference in Beijing three years ago where the whole world deliberated about the future and growth of musical theatre, mainly China but also elsewhere. It was certainly a whole world of musical theatre thinking about possibilities that musical theatre have' said Professor Ross Campbell from the Royal Academy of Music in London in his recent interview. As he thinks, 'nowadays the idea of combined dance, music and acting is very popular' and he is sure about the future which should be optimistic for the lovers of musical theatre.

Another person deeply involved in the musical theatre is Johnathan Tweedie, who began an extensive career in his home country in at the age of 7. Having performed in over 50 countries and to well over 10 million people, his knowledge of the intricacies of touring both on and off stage is extensive. 'In England people are always saying that the West End is dying, that it's going to disappear, that it's not doing as well as it always has but it didn't disappeared yet. There are times that the work is hard to come by and other times that there is so much work that you can pick and choose what it is you like to do. There've been certain periods when the musical theatre has been a lot more popular. The 80s in England in particular was a very popular time. There was a massive resurgence in musical theatre in England with Andrew Lloyd Webber, there was a lot of shows going out. In America you had Stephen Sondheim, who was creating a lot of work and there are times at the moment with jukebox musicals like Mamma Mia!, particularly popular. But you go to the West End at any night of the week and the shows are generally sold out, people come to London from other countries and it is one of the top things on their to-do list' said Johnathan Tweedie in the interview he gave during the workshops for Musical Theatre Poland in Cracow. He thinks that musical theatre isn't in any danger of dying sooner or later, so again – inside people aren't worried at all that musical theatre centres like the West End will ever fall apart.

While talking about musical theatre it is hard not to mention the classical productions. There are numerous popular musicals that could be named and researched, from the very start of musical theatre to more...

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