Broadway is the home of musicals and the place in which you are guaranteed to see some of the most spectacular and professional acts. Over the course of the years, there have been musicals that managed to change the face of Broadway and to create newer and higher standards for the industry. Here is a list of these musicals and the best contributions that they brought to musicals in general:
This musical first came out in 1996, with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. It is said that this was the musical that brought the largest amount of changes to the scene, actually creating a new sub-genre of musicals. The general impact of the show has managed to bring new generations into the theater.
West Side Story
The perfect combination of Arthur Laurents’ book, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim lead to the apparition of this musical in 1957. The change of perspective brought through this was one of transition from the classic musicals to modern perspectives in future productions.
Jesus Christ Superstar
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Time Rice, this spectacular performance came out in 1971. A new mixture of genres was brought to the scene this way, making it easy for people to love rock opera and rock musicals at the same time in the perfect combination.
Opened in 1927, this show took a subject to break new ground. The theme of the musical covered the idea of racism and of interracial marriages. From an artistic point of view, it brought new elements in the way in which the songs represented the actions and the emotions of the characters. The book and the lyrics were created by Oscar Hammerstein and the music by Jerome Kern.
Staring in 1968, the production included the musical contribution of Galt MacDermot and the book and the lyrics of James Rado and of Gerome Ragni. What was new with the apparition of this musical was the introduction of rock music into the scene, creating hits, the comic vignettes and the infectious songs.