Sara & Maynard Johnson
Showtunes in the 1700s
Showtunes in the 1700s - Stage Productions
Shows Ballad Operas
Beggar’s Opera 1728 London. John Rich and John Gay
Made Rich gay and Gay rich.
Often revived, and performed in America as well.
Used well-known tunes with new words.
Handel’s operas killed by Lumps of Pudding
Beggar’s Opera Music
Thus Gamblers United
David Garrick - Heart of Oak 1759
Shields & O’Keefe 1790s
The Arethusa (O’Carolan)
Poor Soldier Planxty Connor
Alexander Reinagle - America Commerce and Freedom
Evolution of a Stage Tune
Michael Kelly and George Coleman the Younger
· Ally Croaker, originally an Irish tune ca 1725
· The song “Ally Croaker” was inserted into a comedy called The Buck, first performed in Williamsburg in 1771.
· Unfortunate Miss Bailey and Love Laughs at Locksmiths
· Opened in Haymarket in1803 and still running in 1824
· Battle of New Orleans 1815 and Hunters of Kentucky
· Jackson political song in 1824, 1828, 1832
John Durang Durang’s Hornpipe stage spikes
James Fishar and his hornpipe