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date: 22 October 2019

musical, musical comedy. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Music
Author(s):
Andrew LambAndrew Lamb

These terms cover the principal 20th-century forms of musical theatre.‘Musical comedy’ was generally used in 19th-century America to describe loosely constructed musical shows. Then, when the popularity of operetta and comic opera waned in the 1890s, the London impresario ... ...

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