Date of Award

5-1-2011

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Theater

First Advisor

Ojewuyi, Olusegun

Abstract

This document will account the process, from research and analysis through post-production reflection, of directing and choreographing Crazy For You in the mainstage academic season of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Theater Department in the Fall of 2010. Further, this paper highlights the more prominent aspects in order to continue the author's work to deconstruct and define the musical theatre genre. Chapter One focuses on two major aspects of current perceptions of musical theatre in an effort to address the genre's efficacy. The chapter first examines how musical theatre is defined and critiqued by the outsider and sometimes inadequately handled by the practitioner. Next, the development of the genre is examined as it pertains to the genesis of Crazy For You, both book and music, as well as contemporary relevance. The second chapter opens with a statement of specific objectives for this production process along with a discussion of vision and concept. The latter half examines the most relevant research employed early in the process. Chapter Three details issues from design and production meetings through rehearsals and performances while the final chapter reflects upon the effectiveness of the aforementioned tactics and objectives. The Appendices include additional documents pertinent to the overall discussion.

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