Musical Adaptations: Investigate the Adaptation (3 of 4)

Type: Lesson

Topic(s): Theatre History & Dramaturgy, Musical Theatre

Audience: High School, College/Higher Education

Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Suggested Time Frame:

2-3 days

Keywords: musical theatre adaptation distance learning play analysis comparative analysis research skills presentation skills romeo and juliet west side story my fair lady pygmalion 


Based on source material, students examine the appropriate musical adaptation: West Side Story or My Fair Lady. They will look at how the show developed from an historical as well as artistic perspective, and identify important similarities and differences in the plots.

  • This lesson is in the Unit "Musical Adaptations: Critique & Artistic Intent."
Essential Question
How does a play become a Broadway musical?
Learning Objectives
  • Compare and contrast dramatic elements between original play and musical adaptation
  • Make interpretative decisions about the musical, based on the source material
Related Lessons
National Arts Anchor Standards
  • Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, & historical context.
  • Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
  • Perceive and analyze artistic work.
  • Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.