Musical theater is a form of theater that combines music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue to tell a story. It is a unique form of entertainment that has captured the hearts and minds of audiences for over a century. The roots of musical theater can be traced back to the 19th century, when European operettas and British music hall productions began to gain popularity in the United States.
In the early 20th century, American musical theater began to emerge as a distinct art form, drawing inspiration from vaudeville, burlesque, and other popular entertainment forms. The first Broadway musical, The Black Crook, premiered in 1866 and featured singing, dancing, and elaborate costumes.
But no one in the audience was thinking, “musical theater” when 39-year-old Johnny Awesome steps onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage and says he’s a comedian. And they’re still not thinking about musicals when he asks the show’s hosts, Ant and Dec, to join him.
And Simon and the other judges are definitely skeptical when he asks Ant and Dec to start moving with him. But when he launches into a song and it turns out it’s a parody of–what else–musical theater, the judges and the audience soon realize they are witnessing something incredibly clever and incredibly fun. Watch the wonderful video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!
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