History ShownTheirWork / Theatre

20th Jul '16 1:05:22 PM bwayrose7
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* In the stage adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Anastasia}}'', despite the inaccuracies (of the premise itself), the musicaldoes go to lengths to display accuracy in several aspects:
** In the "Paris Holds The Key To Your Heart" sequence, several historical figures who really were part of the 1920s Parisian scene take center stage.
** While the motives for the Russian Revolution are still skirted around, the post-revolution life is depicted with more realism: the Chekists, the complaints about the new systems, the reality of how the government would have reacted to an apparent princess reappearing. Most notably, the actual location and circumstances of the Romanovs' execution are described accurately.
** Russian speakers often noted that the animated film got the nickname for "Anastasia" wrong; it would be "Nastya", not "Anya." Perhaps in response to this, the musical deliberately uses the correct informal "Dima" for affectionate references to Dmitry.
27th May '15 7:31:42 AM NotThisThing
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* The original concept album of ''Chess'' has an interminable song called "The Story of Chess", in which lyricist Tim Rice shoved way too much ancillary information about the origins of the game. It's generally cut from the staged versions. Later versions had information more inconspiculously worked into the background lyrics in "You and I/The Story of Chess", "Endgame", and "The American and Florence".
* Part of the reason Oscar Hammerstein II wrote "A Real Nice Clambake" for the second act opening of ''Carousel'' was to demonstrate his research into authentic New England cuisine. (Hammerstein, however, didn't do his research on "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and so had to HandWave why the sheep were mating in the spring rather than their usual late autumn/early winter season.)

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* The original concept album of ''Chess'' ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' has an interminable song called "The Story of Chess", in which lyricist Tim Rice shoved way too much ancillary information about the origins of the game. It's generally cut from the staged versions. Later versions had information more inconspiculously worked into the background lyrics in "You and I/The Story of Chess", "Endgame", and "The American and Florence".
* Part of the reason Oscar Hammerstein II wrote "A Real Nice Clambake" for the second act opening of ''Carousel'' ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'' was to demonstrate his research into authentic New England cuisine. (Hammerstein, however, didn't do his research on "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and so had to HandWave why the sheep were mating in the spring rather than their usual late autumn/early winter season.)
18th Nov '14 3:40:20 AM Patachou
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** In ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', which is set early in the reign of HenryVIII (c.1520), Gilbert correctly puts Yeomen of the Guard on duty at the Tower of London instead of Yeomen Warders (the former guarded the Tower from 1509-1548, when the latter formed to take over those duties). He also received critical praise for the accuracy of his set design, which included a building (the Cold Harbour Tower) that had been destroyed long before the 19th Century. And yet, again for RuleOfCool, the chorus of Yeomen were dressed in the Elizabethan uniforms audiences were familiar with.

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** In ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', which is set early in the reign of HenryVIII UsefulNotes/HenryVIII (c.1520), Gilbert correctly puts Yeomen of the Guard on duty at the Tower of London instead of Yeomen Warders (the former guarded the Tower from 1509-1548, when the latter formed to take over those duties). He also received critical praise for the accuracy of his set design, which included a building (the Cold Harbour Tower) that had been destroyed long before the 19th Century. And yet, again for RuleOfCool, the chorus of Yeomen were dressed in the Elizabethan uniforms audiences were familiar with.



* StephenSondheim quotes a great deal of the characters' writing in ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''. Most famously, Guiteau's half of "Ballad of Guiteau" (the "I am going to the Lordy") is almost completely lifted from an actual poem written by Guiteau himself that he recited on the gallows before he was executed.

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* StephenSondheim Creator/StephenSondheim quotes a great deal of the characters' writing in ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''. Most famously, Guiteau's half of "Ballad of Guiteau" (the "I am going to the Lordy") is almost completely lifted from an actual poem written by Guiteau himself that he recited on the gallows before he was executed.
26th Jan '14 3:25:31 PM LongLiveHumour
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* ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' does this concerning the Continental Congress and figures in early American History. For example, the RunningGag of JohnAdams being "obnoxious and disliked" by everyone in Congress comes from his own description of how other people viewed him, the New Jersey delegation was actually missing from Congress for a while, and New York never voted on anything. Many of the more memorable lines are straight historical quotes, or very slight paraphrases of them. Given the attention to historical accuracy that perfuses the thing, the few obvious strays from history that ''are'' made are that much more puzzling -- Caesar Rodney and John Dickinson in particular are portrayed quite inaccurately. You could chalk them up to dramatic license, but given the actual drama that hardly seems necessary. [[note]]John Adams' quote about the slavery issue causing war "a hundred years hence" was real... [[RealityIsUnrealistic too real for the musical.]][[/note]]

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* ''[[SeventeenSeventySix ''[[Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' does this concerning the Continental Congress and figures in early American History. For example, the RunningGag of JohnAdams UsefulNotes/JohnAdams being "obnoxious and disliked" by everyone in Congress comes from his own description of how other people viewed him, the New Jersey delegation was actually missing from Congress for a while, and New York never voted on anything. Many of the more memorable lines are straight historical quotes, or very slight paraphrases of them. Given the attention to historical accuracy that perfuses the thing, the few obvious strays from history that ''are'' made are that much more puzzling -- Caesar Rodney and John Dickinson in particular are portrayed quite inaccurately. You could chalk them up to dramatic license, but given the actual drama that hardly seems necessary. [[note]]John Adams' quote about the slavery issue causing war "a hundred years hence" was real... [[RealityIsUnrealistic too real for the musical.]][[/note]]
29th Nov '13 4:08:34 AM Fireblood
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* All those obscure and no-so-obscure quotes and references in ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys''? Accurate, and what's more, each of them in some way contributes to the philosophical argument of the play without most of them ever being explained to the audience. The original stage cast effectively took an intensive literature and philosophy class during the initial rehearsal period to make sure they understood all the references and could deliver them so as to have the right impact.

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* All those obscure and no-so-obscure not-so-obscure quotes and references in ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys''? Accurate, and what's more, each of them in some way contributes to the philosophical argument of the play without most of them ever being explained to the audience. The original stage cast effectively took an intensive literature and philosophy class during the initial rehearsal period to make sure they understood all the references and could deliver them so as to have the right impact.
22nd Nov '13 10:51:00 AM LordGro
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* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan employed a curious mix of this and ArtisticLicense. For instance, Gilbert's set designs for ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'' were so thoroughly researched and meticulously detailed that senior naval officers complimented his accuracy, and the sailors' uniforms were made by the same tailors in Portsmouth who made the real uniforms for the Royal Navy. Yet wooden, sail-driven warships like the ''Pinafore'' was meant to be were obsolete by the time the Navy adopted uniforms for the sailors; Gilbert just knew that a uniformed chorus [[RuleOfCool looked better]].
** Similarly, in ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', which is set early in the reign of HenryVIII (c.1520), Gilbert correctly puts Yeomen of the Guard on duty at the Tower of London instead of Yeomen Warders (the former guarded the Tower from 1509-1548, when the latter formed to take over those duties). He also received critical praise for the accuracy of his set design, which included a building (the Cold Harbour Tower) that had been destroyed long before the 19th Century. And yet, again for RuleOfCool, the chorus of Yeomen were dressed in the Elizabethan uniforms audiences were familiar with.

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* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan employed a curious mix of this and ArtisticLicense. For instance, ArtisticLicense:
**
Gilbert's set designs for ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'' were so thoroughly researched and meticulously detailed that senior naval officers complimented his accuracy, and the sailors' uniforms were made by the same tailors in Portsmouth who made the real uniforms for the Royal Navy. Yet wooden, sail-driven warships like the ''Pinafore'' was meant to be were obsolete by the time the Navy adopted uniforms for the sailors; Gilbert just knew that a uniformed chorus [[RuleOfCool looked better]].
** Similarly, in In ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', which is set early in the reign of HenryVIII (c.1520), Gilbert correctly puts Yeomen of the Guard on duty at the Tower of London instead of Yeomen Warders (the former guarded the Tower from 1509-1548, when the latter formed to take over those duties). He also received critical praise for the accuracy of his set design, which included a building (the Cold Harbour Tower) that had been destroyed long before the 19th Century. And yet, again for RuleOfCool, the chorus of Yeomen were dressed in the Elizabethan uniforms audiences were familiar with.
22nd Nov '13 10:30:22 AM LordGro
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* The original concept album of ''Chess'' has an interminable song called "The Story of Chess", in which lyricist Tim Rice shoved way too much ancillary information about the origins of the game. It's generally cut from the staged versions.
** Later versions had information more inconspiculously worked into the background lyrics in "You and I/The Story of Chess", "Endgame", and "The American and Florence".

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* The original concept album of ''Chess'' has an interminable song called "The Story of Chess", in which lyricist Tim Rice shoved way too much ancillary information about the origins of the game. It's generally cut from the staged versions.
**
versions. Later versions had information more inconspiculously worked into the background lyrics in "You and I/The Story of Chess", "Endgame", and "The American and Florence".



** Is that why I kept getting hungry whenever my high school's cast rehearsed that song? Because seriously, everything sounded ''delicious''.



** To be fair, the extent of Caesar Rodney's cancer was so horrific that there's no way they could have pulled it off in a musical. (It had basically eaten through half his face.)
22nd Nov '13 10:28:53 AM LordGro
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* GilbertAndSullivan employed a curious mix of this and ArtisticLicense. For instance, Gilbert's set designs for ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'' were so thoroughly researched and meticulously detailed that senior naval officers complimented his accuracy, and the sailors' uniforms were made by the same tailors in Portsmouth who made the real uniforms for the Royal Navy. Yet wooden, sail-driven warships like the ''Pinafore'' was meant to be were obsolete by the time the Navy adopted uniforms for the sailors; Gilbert just knew that a uniformed chorus [[RuleOfCool looked better]].
** Similarly, in ''TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', which is set early in the reign of HenryVIII (c.1520), Gilbert correctly puts Yeomen of the Guard on duty at the Tower of London instead of Yeomen Warders (the former guarded the Tower from 1509-1548, when the latter formed to take over those duties). He also received critical praise for the accuracy of his set design, which included a building (the Cold Harbour Tower) that had been destroyed long before the 19th Century. And yet, again for RuleOfCool, the chorus of Yeomen were dressed in the Elizabethan uniforms audiences were familiar with.
** Most of ''TheMikado'' foregoes accuracy in favor of RuleOfFunny, but Gilbert did hire a Japanese tea-girl to teach the "little maids from school" how to comport themselves like young Asian ladies.
* StephenSondheim quotes a great deal of the characters' writing in ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''. Most famously, Guiteau's half of "Ballad of Guiteau" (the "I am going to the Lordy") is almost completely lifted from an actual poem written by Guiteau himself that he recited on the gallows before he was executed.

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* GilbertAndSullivan Creator/GilbertAndSullivan employed a curious mix of this and ArtisticLicense. For instance, Gilbert's set designs for ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'' were so thoroughly researched and meticulously detailed that senior naval officers complimented his accuracy, and the sailors' uniforms were made by the same tailors in Portsmouth who made the real uniforms for the Royal Navy. Yet wooden, sail-driven warships like the ''Pinafore'' was meant to be were obsolete by the time the Navy adopted uniforms for the sailors; Gilbert just knew that a uniformed chorus [[RuleOfCool looked better]].
** Similarly, in ''TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', which is set early in the reign of HenryVIII (c.1520), Gilbert correctly puts Yeomen of the Guard on duty at the Tower of London instead of Yeomen Warders (the former guarded the Tower from 1509-1548, when the latter formed to take over those duties). He also received critical praise for the accuracy of his set design, which included a building (the Cold Harbour Tower) that had been destroyed long before the 19th Century. And yet, again for RuleOfCool, the chorus of Yeomen were dressed in the Elizabethan uniforms audiences were familiar with.
** Most of ''TheMikado'' ''Theatre/TheMikado'' foregoes accuracy in favor of RuleOfFunny, but Gilbert did hire a Japanese tea-girl to teach the "little maids from school" how to comport themselves like young Asian ladies.
* StephenSondheim quotes a great deal of the characters' writing in ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''. Most famously, Guiteau's half of "Ballad of Guiteau" (the "I am going to the Lordy") is almost completely lifted from an actual poem written by Guiteau himself that he recited on the gallows before he was executed.executed.
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12th Nov '13 8:16:53 PM rosvicl
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** To be fair, the extent of Caesar Rodney's cancerwas so horrfic that there's no wy they could have pulled it off in a musical. (It had basically eaten through half his face.)

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** To be fair, the extent of Caesar Rodney's cancerwas cancer was so horrfic horrific that there's no wy way they could have pulled it off in a musical. (It had basically eaten through half his face.)
10th Aug '13 1:05:41 PM Viira
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* ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' does this concerning the Continental Congress and figures in early American History. For example, the RunningGag of JohnAdams being "obnoxious and disliked" by everyone in Congress comes from his own description of how other people viewed him, the New Jersey delegation was actually missing from Congress for a while, and New York never voted on anything. Many of the more memorable lines are straight historical quotes, or very slight paraphrases of them. Given the attention to historical accuracy that perfuses the thing, the few obvious strays from history that ''are'' made are that much more puzzling -- Caesar Rodney and John Dickinson in particular are portrayed quite inaccurately. You could chalk them up to dramatic license, but given the actual drama that hardly seems necessary. [[hottip:*:John Adams' quote about the slavery issue causing war "a hundred years hence" was real... [[RealityIsUnrealistic too real for the musical.]]

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* ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'' does this concerning the Continental Congress and figures in early American History. For example, the RunningGag of JohnAdams being "obnoxious and disliked" by everyone in Congress comes from his own description of how other people viewed him, the New Jersey delegation was actually missing from Congress for a while, and New York never voted on anything. Many of the more memorable lines are straight historical quotes, or very slight paraphrases of them. Given the attention to historical accuracy that perfuses the thing, the few obvious strays from history that ''are'' made are that much more puzzling -- Caesar Rodney and John Dickinson in particular are portrayed quite inaccurately. You could chalk them up to dramatic license, but given the actual drama that hardly seems necessary. [[hottip:*:John [[note]]John Adams' quote about the slavery issue causing war "a hundred years hence" was real... [[RealityIsUnrealistic too real for the musical.]]]][[/note]]
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