music drama


Definition of music drama

: an opera in which the action is not interrupted by formal song divisions (such as recitatives or arias) and the music is determined solely by dramatic appropriateness

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Recent Examples on the Web The music drama ended its impressive run in April 2020, with the final season announced following the months-long 2019 controversy involving star Jussie Smollett. Glamour, "Canceled TV Shows 2020: The Full List," 9 July 2020 The hit Fox music drama was supposed to have five more episodes to go in its final season, but like nearly every TV series and film, production was shut down due to the coronavirus breakout. Derek Lawrence,, "Empire final season to end early, won't film intended series finale," 1 Apr. 2020 Fox music drama Empire returned on Wednesday night (March 13) from a mid-season hiatus with the usual compliment of plot twists, heated arguments, snitches dangled from windows and palace intrigue swirling around the Lyon family. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'Empire' Producer Says Cutting Jussie Smollett From Final Season 5 Episodes Was 'A Very Difficult Decision'," 14 Mar. 2019 The duo recently announced their expansion into television and will executive produce a music drama in development at Freeform. Krystal Rodriguez, Billboard, "Chainsmokers to Headline 2020 Maxim Super Bowl Party in Miami: Exclusive," 11 Dec. 2019 These musicians interweave themselves in the stage action of a play that behaves more like a musical — or music drama, to be more precise. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Ahmanson pays haunting tribute to a daring Yiddish play," 11 June 2019 Yet by coincidence, not one but two new music dramas about major 20th-century thinkers — two German-Jewish intellectuals who fled the Nazis — have their premieres in Germany this season. New York Times, "Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin Don’t Talk. They Sing.," 24 June 2018 Directed by indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, music drama Her Smell stars Elisabeth Moss as a punk rock star and frontwoman of a pioneering all-female rock band in the ’90s. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Pretty Little Liars Star Ashley Benson on Body Positivity and Her “Racy and Raw” New Movie Role," 24 Aug. 2018 The music drama, which stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, is set in New York, but films in Chicago. Tracy Swartz,, "Which Chicago TV shows got renewed?," 14 May 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Music drama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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