Paris premiere of French composer, cellist Jacques Offenbach‘s first opera comique, L’alcove. (*) (*)
Such popular works are among those on the path leading to modern musical theatre. (At the time music hall is popular in England, with Victorian burlesque also popular in New York theatre.)
Orpheus poster, 1858
In 1850 Offenbach becomes the conductor at the Comédie-Française. His first full-length effort, 1858’s Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers — famous for its can-can galop) — is well-received and remains popular.
Orpheus (10m) Barcarolle (1881)
Offenbach’s work — including nearly 100 works in the operetta or ‘light opera’ form — influences many later composers, among them Johann Strauss II (1870s-80s) and Arthur Sullivan.
French composer Herve is credited with inventing the operetta genre. Other earlier forms of musicals include burletta, extravaganza, spectacle, comic opera, pantomime, parlor opera. ▷M101:1800s musicals▹
See also: List of opera genres
Hammond and Model A
US sing/songwriter Del Shannon‘s (*) song Runaway begins 4 weeks at US#1, and makes UK#1. ▷Songfacts▹
In all Shannon has nine top-40 hits. Another great song by Shannon, ‘I Go to Pieces’, is a US#9 hit for UK act Peter and Gordon in 1965. In 1986 a revised ‘Runaway’ becomes the theme song for NBC TV drama series Crime Story. In 1999 he’s inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame.
( Shannon site ) ▷Big Top discog▹ Strange Sounds