Definition of musical noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmjuːzɪkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːzɪkl//
Types of play
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(old-fashioned musical comedy) a play or a film/movie in which part or all of the story is told using songs and often dancing a Broadway/Hollywood musical a musical based on the biblical story of Job a musical based on the life of Eva Perón Culture Musicals started to develop in the early 20th century, combining features of comic opera and the British music hall tradition. The modern Broadway musical began with Show Boat, and others have included Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Hair and Sunset Boulevard. Most later became films. Musicals written originally as films include Singin' in the Rain, Gigi (1958) and The Producers (2001), which is about the making of a Broadway musical. US writers of musicals have included Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe. The best-known British composer of musicals is Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose work includes Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats. See related entries: Types of play Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin musicalis, from Latin musica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē) ‘(art) of the Muses’, from mousa ‘muse’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: musical