Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals.

Although music has been a part of dramatic presentations since ancient times, modern Western musical theatre emerged during the 19th century, with many structural elements established by the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in Britain and those of Harrigan and Hart in America. These were followed by the numerous Edwardian musical comedies and the musical theatre works of American creators like George M. Cohan at the turn of the 20th century. The Princess Theatre musicals (1915–1918) and other smart shows like Of Thee I Sing (1931) were artistic steps forward beyond revues and other frothy entertainments of the early 20th century and led to such groundbreaking works as Show Boat (1927) and Oklahoma! (1943). Some of the most famous musicals through the decades that followed include West Side Story (1957), The Fantasticks (1960), Hair (1967), A Chorus Line (1975), Les Misérables (1985), The Phantom of the Opera (1986), Rent (1996), The Producers (2001), Wicked (2003) and Hamilton (2015).

Musicals are performed around the world. They may be presented in large venues, such as big-budget Broadway or West End productions in New York City or London. Alternatively, musicals may be staged in smaller venues, such as fringe theatre, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, regional theatre, or community theatre productions, or on tour. Musicals are often presented by amateur and school groups in churches, schools and other performance spaces. In addition to the United States and Britain, there are vibrant musical theatre scenes in continental Europe, Asia, Australasia, Canada and Latin America.

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Berklee College of Music

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Roosevelt University

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The New School

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Columbia College Chicago

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Ithaca College

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SUNY at Purchase College

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Syracuse University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $45,150 average out-state tuition; $45,150 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Musical Theatre Majors

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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

$25,000 Varies See Details
 

Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

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$25,000

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Roy W. Hill Music Scholarship

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

$20,000 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Roy W. Hill Music Scholarship

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

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$20,000

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March 01, 2021
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Islamic Scholarship

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Up to $10,000 March 21, 2021 See Details
 

Islamic Scholarship

Islamic Scholarship Fund

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Up to $10,000

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March 21, 2021
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Student Arts Scholarship

Central Minnesota Arts Board

$1,500 February 25, 2021 See Details
 

Student Arts Scholarship

Central Minnesota Arts Board

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$1,500

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February 25, 2021
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Doell Family Scholarship

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

$1,500 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Doell Family Scholarship

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

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$1,500

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March 01, 2021
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Stella Knobel/Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church Music Scholarship

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

$700 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Stella Knobel/Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church Music Scholarship

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

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$700

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March 01, 2021
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Alice Conger Patterson Scholarship

Emrys Foundation

Up to $1,000 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

Alice Conger Patterson Scholarship

Emrys Foundation

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Up to $1,000

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February 01, 2021
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George H. Brink Memorial Music Scholarship

Pellissippi State Technical Community College

$500 February 28, 2021 See Details
 

George H. Brink Memorial Music Scholarship

Pellissippi State Technical Community College

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$500

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February 28, 2021
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Lennie Baker Scholarship

Bartlesville Community Foundation

$500 March 12, 2021 See Details
 

Lennie Baker Scholarship

Bartlesville Community Foundation

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$500

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March 12, 2021
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Ann Crawford Memorial Scholarship

Modesto Junior College

$400 January 31, 2021 See Details
 

Ann Crawford Memorial Scholarship

Modesto Junior College

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$400

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January 31, 2021
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