jukebox musical


Definition of jukebox musical

: a musical that features popular songs from the past

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Unlike other jukebox musicals such as Mamma Mia!, Yesterday explains the genesis of its songs with performances that fuel the story, making it a highly meta and self-aware take on the genre the Beatles themselves played a part in popularizing. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "How Yesterday Builds the Sound of the Beatles, Without the Beatles," 27 June 2019 While jukebox musicals typically use familiar tunes to soundtrack a night of breezy entertainment at the theater, Jagged Little Pill uses Morissette’s catalogue to touch on issues like gender identity, race relations, and addiction. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Alanis Morissette and Diablo Cody Talk Jagged Little Pill the Musical," 23 May 2019 Even this year’s jukebox musical nominee, Ain’t Too Proud—the Life and Times of the Temptations, features a book by the MacArthur-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau. Adam Green, Vogue, "Takeaways From the 2019 Tony Nominations: Downtown Comes to Broadway," 30 Apr. 2019 As jukebox musicals go, though, this one is a badly broken record. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Network’ and ‘The Cher Show’ Reviews: Broadway’s Recycling Bin," 6 Dec. 2018 Springsteen on Broadway is the jukebox musical reimagined as a solo performance, where the songs tell the story of their creator’s life. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Bruce Springsteen’s Netflix special makes this a great weekend for The Indian Runner," 14 Dec. 2018 The brief drama started when West and Kim Kardashian attended the opening performance of The Cher Show on Monday night, the new jukebox musical that uses Cher songs to tell the story of the legendary singer's early life and career. Vogue, "Does Kanye West's Apology For Texting During The Cher Show Mean He's Turning Over a New Leaf?," 4 Dec. 2018 This show has all the jukebox musical cliches — the supportive radio DJ, the kids dying for a new sound — but these were not theatrical cliches in 1989. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "11 recommended shows to see right now," 12 July 2018 That will be the group on which the 2005 jukebox musical is based: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Michael Rydzynski, latimes.com, "Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to perform with the Pacific Symphony," 11 July 2018

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1993, in the meaning defined above

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