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Cort Theatre

(New York). One of Broadway's smaller and most engaging theatres, the Cort on West 48th Street was designed by Edward B. Corey to hold a thousand spectators comfortably in an ...

Bournonville Composers

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
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1,538 words

...the many new and surprising stage effects that were made possible with the opening of Copenhagen's new Royal Theater in 1874 . The last Bournonville composer to work within the historical Nordic genre was Peter (Arnold) Heise ( 1830–1879 ). For the ballet about a seventeenth-century Danish sea hero, Cort Adeler in Venice ( 1870 ), Heise wrote a charming score, with fine, soft instrumentation that emphasized the ballet's various local colors. Cort Adeler differs from most of Bournonville's other ballets in that it eschewed the widespread practice of...

Sarafina!

Sarafina!  

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Music
After a staging in June 1987 at The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa the show opened at the Cort Theatre, Broadway on 28 January 1988, where it ran for 597 ...
Magic Show

Magic Show  

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Proof of the unpredictability of musical theatre audiences, this show, which was merely a series of spectacular set-piece magical illusions linked by a flimsy plot, opened at the Cort Theatre ...
Magic Show, The

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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203 words

...Show, The Proof of the unpredictability of musical theatre audiences, this show, which was merely a series of spectacular set-piece magical illusions linked by a flimsy plot, opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on 28 May 1974, and closed over four-and-a-half years later after an incredible 1, 920 performances. Stephen Schwartz , who can usually be relied upon to conjure up something out of the ordinary himself, wrote the music and lyrics, and the book was the work of Bob Randall. The latter dealt with the sad tale of a New Jersey nightspot, The Passaic...

Sarafina!

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
273 words

...After a staging in June 1987 at The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa the show opened at the Cort Theatre, Broadway on 28 January 1988, where it ran for 597 performances. Book, music and lyrics were by Mbongeni Ngema, who also conceived and directed the show. Additional numbers were by Hugh Masekela and he and Ngema were responsible for the arrangements. The show’s associate choreographer was Ndaba Mhlongo, who also conducted the band; scenic and costume design were by Sarah Roberts. The show centres upon the hardships of childhood in South...

Magic Show, The

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Performing arts, Music
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178 words

...Show, The (Cort Theatre 1974 ). A magic act disguised as a little musical, the show was dismissed by the press who only recommended its conjuring tricks but that was enough for audiences who kept the show on the boards for 1,920 performances. Rob Randall penned the libretto about the Passaic Top Hat, a floundering nightclub in New Jersey, which tries to avoid bankruptcy by hiring a magic act featuring the young magician Doug (Doug Henning). The rest of the evening consisted of dazzling feats of illusion interrupted by pop songs by Stephen Schwartz ,...

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