2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Accepting the Art: Musical Theatre in America
Diana L. Upton-Hill♦
Dr. Jay Bulen and Dr. Jacqueline Collett, Faculty Mentors

Musical theatre (MT) has long-since been regarded as a form of entertainment, but it has endured many years of being disregarded as an art-form. From music - both vocal and instrumental - to dance, acting and the visual arts, MT contains all these elements, which have for many years themselves been accepted as art. This paper includes a discussion of the legitimacy of the above-mentioned art-forms, and how they co-exist with one another to create MT. Also included is an exploration of the term “art” and a proposed newer definition pertaining specifically to this further exploration of MT. The accompanying presentation includes both a discussion of the paper, as well as performances by the author illustrating different styles of MT.

Keywords: music, theatre, musical theatre, art, entertainment, song, acting, dance

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 3-3
Location: OP 1393, Performance Hall
Time: 8:45

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