• There has long been a debate regarding the authenticity between theatre performance and screen performance. The production of Hollywood Musicals brings this authenticity of theatre performance to life on screen.

    This site outlines the concept of performance and its development within the field of scholarly analysis. With reference to key theorists and performance styles, what follows is a critical analysis of the way performance influenced the genre of Hollywood Musicals produced in the 1950s, 1970s and 2000s.

The Hollywood Musical

The history of Musicals, both on stage and on screen, has encompassed a range of forms including operettas, musical comedies, musical drama and rock musicals. The Hollywood Musical is generally regarded as a product that combined the advent of sound and the theatrical musical. Since the production of the first feature-length musical, The Jazz Singer, … Continue reading