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Musical Comedy

A musical comedy is a theatre performance that was popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, and had its origins in comic opera and burlesques. The term “musical comedy” came about when George Edwardes started experimenting with a modern-dress, family-friendly musical theatre style with breezy, popular songs, snappy, romantic banter and stylish spectacle at the Gaiety, Daly's Theatre and other venues. The success of Edwardes’ early works such as “In Town” (1892) and “A Gaiety Girl” (1893) confirmed the path that he was taking. Musical comedies then came to revolutionise the London theatre stage and set the tone for the next three decades.

Hundreds of musical comedies were staged on Broadway in the 1890s and early 1900s, comprising songs written in New York's Tin Pan Alley involving composers such as Gus Edwards, John Walter Bratton and George M. Cohan, who wrote “Little Johnny Jones” (1904), “45 Minutes From Broadway” (1906) and “George Washington Jr.” (1906).

Other Edwardian musical comedy hits included The Arcadians (1909) and The Quaker Girl (1910).

This description is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses materials from the Wikipedia article "Musical theatre".

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