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Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!The Enduring Phenomenon of Gilbert and Sullivan$
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Ian Bradley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328943

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328943.001.0001

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Something Lingering: The Enduring Influence of Gilbert and Sullivan through the Twentieth Century

Something Lingering: The Enduring Influence of Gilbert and Sullivan through the Twentieth Century

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Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!
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Ian Bradley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328943.003.0001

The modern musical bears the lingering imprint of Gilbert and Sullivan's daring and radical innovations in several respects. Perhaps their most revolutionary achievement was to transform the theatre from the haunt of the dissolute working and drinking classes to a wholesome place of entertainment to which middle-class families could safely go without a blush or whiff of shame. Even if not a single note of their operas had ever sounded again after their first performance, they would still have had a massive influence on British and American culture. They were the principal begetters of what has almost certainly been the dominant theatrical genre of the 20th century, and arguably its most distinctive cultural icon, the musical. Without the Savoy operas, people would never have had Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, or The Lion King.

Keywords:   British culture, opera, musical theatre, United States, musical, Savoy

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