- This heading is assigned to music for theatrical productions from around the end of the 18th century that feature a series of songs, dances, and other entertainments without any unifying dramatic element. Music for theatrical productions consisting of musical numbers (songs, ensembles, and dances) integrated into a dramatic framework is entered under [Musicals.]
- Musical revues
- Musical shows
- Revues (Musical)
- Shows, Musical
- Table entertainments
- Variety shows
- Vaudeville shows
Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes
Earlier Established Forms
Musical revues, comedies, etc
- found: Work cat.: Herman, J. Jerry's girls [SR] p1984.
- found: Boardman, G. American musical revue, c1985.
- found: New Grove dict. of American music (Revue)
- found: New Harvard dict. of music (Revue)
- found: LC database, Oct. 21, 1996 (Musical shows)
- found: New Grove dict. of mus. WWW site, Feb. 14, 2007: under Revue (A topical, satirical show consisting of a series of scenes and episodes, usually having a central theme but not a dramatic plot, with spoken verse and prose, sketches, songs, dances, ballet and speciality acts. In revue there are elements of other stage forms such as cabaret, variety show, vaudeville, pantomime, burlesque and musical comedy.) under Vaudeville (At the turn of the century in the USA vaudeville achieved great popularity with its combination of songs, dances, pretty girls, rapid-fire comics, skits and acrobatics. Such variety shows are still popular, though less common.)
- found: New Grove dict. of mus. WWW site, Jun. 16, 2011: Under Revue (developed in France during the 19th century, was taken up by other countries including Britain and the USA, and enjoyed its greatest acclaim and significance between the world wars) under Table entertainment (A peculiarly British species of performance, consisting generally of a mixture of narration and singing delivered by a single individual seated behind a table facing the audience ... From 1789 to 1809 Charles Dibdin gave a series of table entertainments in London in which song was the prominent feature. Dibdin united in himself the functions of author, composer, narrator, singer and accompanist. Impersonations were added by comedians who took up the genre, which had much in common with the techniques of music hall in the Victorian period.)
This heading is assigned to music for theatrical productions from around the end of the 18th century that feature a series of songs, dances, and other entertainments without any unifying dramatic element. Music for theatrical productions consisting of musical numbers (songs, ensembles, and dances) integrated into a dramatic framework is entered under [Musicals.]
Note under [Musicals]
- 1989-05-05: new
- 2011-09-02: revised
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