History VindicatedByHistory / Theatre

10th Apr '18 6:21:51 PM blisterkirby
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* The musical ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' originally opened on Broadway in 1975 and, while not an outright flop [[note]]It ran for a total of 936 performances, a little over two years[[/note]], received mixed reviews and was overshadowed at the Tony Awards by the smash hit ''Theatre/AChorusLine''. The show seemed destined to be mostly forgotten until 1996, when City Center Encores! [[note]]an NYC theatre company dedicated to mounting concert versions of obscure musicals[[/note]] mounted a stripped-down version, which proved surprisingly popular and paved the way for a Broadway revival a short time later. The revival was an immediate hit and continues to run as of 2015 - currently second only to ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' for the longest-running show in Broadway history. (Ironically, it surpassed ''A Chorus Line''[='=]s original run in 2011.) Many critics have suggested that audiences in 1996 - weary of the then-recent O.J. Simpson trial - were more receptive to the musical’s cynical view of celebrity and the media than they were in TheSeventies.

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* The musical ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' originally opened on Broadway in 1975 and, while not an outright flop [[note]]It ran for a total of 936 performances, a little over two years[[/note]], received mixed reviews and was overshadowed at the Tony Awards by the smash hit ''Theatre/AChorusLine''. The show seemed destined to be mostly forgotten until 1996, when City Center Encores! [[note]]an NYC theatre company dedicated to mounting concert versions of obscure musicals[[/note]] mounted a stripped-down version, which proved surprisingly popular and paved the way for a Broadway revival a short time later. The revival was an immediate hit and continues to run as of 2015 2018 - currently second only to ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' for the longest-running show in Broadway history. (Ironically, it surpassed ''A Chorus Line''[='=]s original run in 2011.) Many critics have suggested that audiences in 1996 - weary of the then-recent O.J. Simpson trial - were more receptive to the musical’s cynical view of celebrity and the media than they were in TheSeventies.
18th Feb '18 2:37:05 PM Divra
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* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'' was initially considered a failure when put on in 1887. This verdict is somewhat harsh, since it was run directly following ''Theatre/TheMikado''. It did actually enjoy a bit of success later on in the run, but it wasn't put in the regular Gilbert and Sullivan canon until the 1920s where it has remained ever since.

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* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'' was initially considered a failure when put on in 1887. This verdict is somewhat harsh, since it was run directly following ''Theatre/TheMikado''.the smash hit ''Theatre/TheMikado'' and had an entirely respectable first run of 288 performances. It did actually enjoy a bit of success later on in the run, but it wasn't put in the regular Gilbert and Sullivan canon until the 1920s where it has remained ever since.
9th Jan '18 1:40:07 AM cbt94
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\n----* Stephen Sondheim's works, while hits with the Tony Awards, tended to draw criticism from critics and audiences alike as being chilly and emotionally remote with un-hummable tunes. In time, his works have gone on to become staples in American Theatre communities of all levels.
27th Sep '16 2:01:38 PM Furienna
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* Sarah Kane's first play, 'Blasted', was victim to many a negative critic for its use of violence. It wasn't until her suicide and posthumous performance of her last play '4.48 Psychosis' that many of these critics withdrew their complaints.


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* Sarah Kane's first play, 'Blasted', was victim to many a negative critic for its use of violence. It wasn't until her suicide and posthumous performance of her last play '4.48 Psychosis', that many of these critics withdrew their complaints.
27th Sep '16 1:59:59 PM Furienna
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* The musical ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' originally opened on Broadway in 1975 and, while not an outright flop [[note]]It ran for a total of 936 performances, a little over two years[[/note]], received mixed reviews and was overshadowed at the Tony Awards by the smash hit ''Theatre/AChorusLine''. The show seemed destined to be mostly forgotten until 1996, when City Center Encores! [[note]]an NYC theatre company dedicated to mounting concert versions of obscure musicals[[/note]] mounted a stripped-down version, which proved surprisingly popular and paved the way for a Broadway revival a short time later. The revival was an immediate hit and continues to run as of 2015—currently second only to ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' for the longest-running show in Broadway history. (Ironically, it surpassed ''A Chorus Line''[='=]s original run in 2011.) Many critics have suggested that audiences in 1996—weary of the then-recent O.J. Simpson trial—were more receptive to the musical’s cynical view of celebrity and the media than they were in TheSeventies.

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* The musical ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' originally opened on Broadway in 1975 and, while not an outright flop [[note]]It ran for a total of 936 performances, a little over two years[[/note]], received mixed reviews and was overshadowed at the Tony Awards by the smash hit ''Theatre/AChorusLine''. The show seemed destined to be mostly forgotten until 1996, when City Center Encores! [[note]]an NYC theatre company dedicated to mounting concert versions of obscure musicals[[/note]] mounted a stripped-down version, which proved surprisingly popular and paved the way for a Broadway revival a short time later. The revival was an immediate hit and continues to run as of 2015—currently 2015 - currently second only to ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' for the longest-running show in Broadway history. (Ironically, it surpassed ''A Chorus Line''[='=]s original run in 2011.) Many critics have suggested that audiences in 1996—weary 1996 - weary of the then-recent O.J. Simpson trial—were trial - were more receptive to the musical’s cynical view of celebrity and the media than they were in TheSeventies.
27th Sep '16 9:34:00 AM Furienna
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** Shakespeare always remained part of the English repertory (except for the period of the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar where theatres were closed) but its only in the age of UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment that scholars, chiefly Creator/SamuelJohnson, started claiming him to be the greatest English writer. It was also in this time that Shakespeare became embraced in the Continent, especially by the Germans. Curiously in his lifetime, Shakespeare's greatest commercial success was Theatre/TitusAndronicus (now regarded as a weak play, though it has its cult), while ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' and ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', fared particularly poorly when first introduced, with less than a half dozen 17th-century performances on record. ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' was also a bomb, yet today, it is second only to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' as the most-performed work of Shakespeare.

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** Shakespeare always remained part of the English repertory (except for the period of the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar where when theatres were closed) closed), but its it was only in the age of UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment that scholars, chiefly Creator/SamuelJohnson, started claiming him to be the greatest English writer. It was also in this time that Shakespeare became embraced in the Continent, especially by the Germans. Curiously in his lifetime, , Shakespeare's greatest commercial success in his lifetime was Theatre/TitusAndronicus (now regarded as a weak play, though it has its cult), while ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' and ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' fared particularly poorly when first introduced, with less than a half dozen 17th-century performances on record. ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' was also a bomb, yet today, it is second only to ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' as the most-performed work of Shakespeare.
27th Sep '16 9:27:01 AM Furienna
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* Creator/{{Aristophanes}} is arguably the best-remembered of the ancient Greek comedy writers. 11 of his plays have survived in full, compared to 6 partially-surviving works by Menander and fragments by several others. But there is no evidence that he was extraordinarily popular in his time. Like others writers of his time, his theatrical plays competed for awards in festivals, and he often lost. But the fact that medieval copyists chose to preserve his works is a testament to his continued appeal. Of his surviving plays:

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* Creator/{{Aristophanes}} is arguably the best-remembered of the ancient Greek comedy writers. 11 of his plays have survived in full, compared to 6 partially-surviving works by Menander and fragments by several others. But there is no evidence that he was extraordinarily popular in his time. Like others writers of his time, his theatrical plays competed for awards in festivals, and he often lost. But the fact that medieval copyists chose to preserve his works is a testament to his continued appeal. Of Out of his surviving plays:



* Creator/{{Euripides}} suffered much the same fate in drama- he only won the yearly drama competition four times in his life (compared to Creator/{{Aeschylus}}'s 13 and Creator/{{Sophocles}}'s 20+) yet almost 20 of his plays survived to today (Aeschylus and Sophocles have seven each) and many of his plays are considered well ahead of their time socially, especially in terms of complexity of female characters. This made him highly resonant among feminist authors.

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* Creator/{{Euripides}} suffered much the same fate in drama- drama - he only won the yearly drama competition four times in his life (compared to Creator/{{Aeschylus}}'s 13 and Creator/{{Sophocles}}'s 20+) yet almost 20 of his plays survived to today (Aeschylus and Sophocles have seven each) and many of his plays are considered well ahead of their time socially, especially in terms of complexity of female characters. This made would make him highly resonant among feminist authors.
27th Sep '16 9:23:36 AM Furienna
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* Creator/{{Aristophanes}} is arguably the best-remembered of the ancient Greek comedy writers. 11 of his plays have survived in full, compared to 6 partially-surviving works by Menander and fragments by several others. But there is no evidence that he was extraordinarily popular in his time. Like others writers of his time, his theatrical plays competed for awards in festivals, and he often lost. The fact that medieval copyists chose to preserve his works is a testament to his continued appeal. Of his surviving plays:

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* Creator/{{Aristophanes}} is arguably the best-remembered of the ancient Greek comedy writers. 11 of his plays have survived in full, compared to 6 partially-surviving works by Menander and fragments by several others. But there is no evidence that he was extraordinarily popular in his time. Like others writers of his time, his theatrical plays competed for awards in festivals, and he often lost. The But the fact that medieval copyists chose to preserve his works is a testament to his continued appeal. Of his surviving plays:
12th Jun '16 8:44:01 PM PaulA
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* Creator/ChristopherMarlowe formerly regarded as AlwaysSecondBest to Creator/WilliamShakespeare also saw a radical reversal in reputation in the 20th Century. Authors such as Harold Bloom argue that Marlowe influenced Shakespeare. His plays became favorite among leftist writers and was popular in repertory (Creator/OrsonWelles staged ''Dr. Faustus'', Brecht did ''Edward II''), while LGBT writers claimed Marlowe as a precursor. The fact that he was long rumored to be an atheist and, that the likes of Harold Bloom argue he died because of [[PersecutedIntellectuals political persecution and conspiracy]], lent him a great deal of "street cred" as a rebellious artist.
** Indeed, the overall Elizabethan/Jacobean Age saw a revival in reputation. John Webster's tragedies, ''The White Devil'' and ''The Duchess of Malfi'' came to be staged (even leading to film adaptations) far more often, with the likes of Creator/TSEliot arguing that Webster showed "the skull within the skin". The extreme violence which typified these plays and drove off critics (who saw them as shlock) came to be seen as cool in the 20th Century. Thomas Middleton's plays and comedies likewise underwent a revival as did Theatre/TheRevengersTragedy. Today, Shakespeare is seen as the most prolific and successful of a GoldenAge rather than its sole representative.

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* Creator/ChristopherMarlowe Creator/ChristopherMarlowe, formerly regarded as AlwaysSecondBest to Creator/WilliamShakespeare Creator/WilliamShakespeare, also saw a radical reversal in reputation in the 20th Century. Authors such as Harold Bloom argue that Marlowe influenced Shakespeare. His plays became favorite among leftist writers and was popular in repertory (Creator/OrsonWelles staged ''Dr. Faustus'', Brecht ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'', Creator/BertoltBrecht did ''Edward II''), ''Theatre/EdwardII''), while LGBT writers claimed Marlowe as a precursor. The fact that he was long rumored to be an atheist and, that the likes of Harold Bloom argue he died because of [[PersecutedIntellectuals political persecution and conspiracy]], lent him a great deal of "street cred" as a rebellious artist.
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Indeed, the overall Elizabethan/Jacobean Age saw a revival in reputation. John Webster's tragedies, ''The White Devil'' and ''The Duchess of Malfi'' came to be staged (even leading to film adaptations) far more often, with the likes of Creator/TSEliot arguing that Webster showed "the skull within the skin". The extreme violence which typified these plays and drove off critics (who saw them as shlock) came to be seen as cool in the 20th Century. Thomas Middleton's plays and comedies likewise underwent a revival as did Theatre/TheRevengersTragedy. Today, Shakespeare is seen as the most prolific and successful of a GoldenAge rather than its sole representative.
14th May '16 4:20:13 PM DrOO7
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* Speaking of ''Phantom'', it and ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' also received mixed reviews when they opened in London and on Broadway. Needless to say, them being the longest running musicals of each venue has eclipsed any negative press.
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