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I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College. In the evening I write children's books, satire, and "how to" manuals ("Mel's ten tips). I'm co-founder of Ourboox and married to Ourboox CEO Shuli Sapir-Nevo. אני סופר, ממציא, מרצה, מוזיקאי
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The Best Broadway Musicals of the Fities (Mostly)

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

The fifties were perhaps the big decade for Broadway musicals. When youngsters were busy listening to rock and roll songs on the radio, the musicals brought a whole new wave of sensitive tunes and lyrics to the world.

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A lot of rock and roll songs used basic chord patterns, such as the blues, and the ‘Fifties Progression’, also known as “Stand by Me Changes”. The lyrics were often ‘dumbed down’.

 

 

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As we will see, many of the stage musicals had wonderful lyrics and intricate melodies.

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Lucky for me, my favorites are also among the Tony award winners. You can check if you don’t believe me! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Award_for_Best_Musical#1950s

 

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Our story actually starts in 1943 with the musical Oklahama, a groudbreaking masterpiece of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Excuse me for showing you some movie trailers, but they sum up the plays so well!!

 

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Guys and Dolls 1951 – Frank Loesser

Here’s the playlist for hard core fans – I am one!!

 

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The King and I, Rodgers and Hammerstein 1952

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The King and I book for lovers of this musical. This is a personal favorite

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1957

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My Fair Lady 1957

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West Side Story 1958 (Tony runner up)

 

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The Music Man. 1958 (won the Tony)

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You might now this version:

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And if I had to pick just one from the Sixties, what would it be? It would be this one. Lovers of The Sound of Music (1960), Hair, Mary Poppins, etc. please forgive me. Why don’t you just make your own books?

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and so Shir did………

 

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From here we jump to the seventies and Andrew Lloyd Weber 

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And one more on jazzing up Broadway songs. How can you help it?

 

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More in the next pages!





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