Crash Course Theater

The Rise of Melodrama

Episode 28 | 11m 34s | Video has closed captioning.

In the 18th century, audiences were ready for some really dramatic theater. Like, a dog dueling a man type of dramatic. In London, only two theaters were licensed, but entertainment entrepreneurs figured out that musical entertainments weren't subject to the same restrictions. So, incidental music was invented, and the melodrama was born. And then switched with another infant. And so forth.

Aired: 09/17/18

Rating: NR

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