did the rich watch musicals when they first came out? who invented musicals?

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  1. Musicals came to us from opera which came to us from earlier forms of musical plays.

    History of opera:
    History of OPERA including Roman revivals and intermezzi...., Dafne, Monteverdi, Dido and Aeneas, Handel, Gluck and the reform of opera, Mozart and opera, ...

    Opera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Earlier models of opera generally stuck to more distant history, .... Oxford Illustrated History of Opera, Chapter 1; articles on Peri and Monteverdi in The ...

    Brief History of Opera. Lesson Connection: Aida and Its Relevance to the World Today. Copyright The Kennedy Center. All rights reserved. ...
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    Metropolitan Opera History
    Profiles of famous Met singers, such as Mathilde Bauermeister, Celestina Boninsegna, Ferruccio Tagliavini, and Lawrence Tibbett.

    History of Classical Music - Eras
    Musical history during the Medieval Times, Renaissance, Classical Period, Baroque, ... (e.g. Handel's Water Music), or as a spectacle in the form of opera. ...


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  2. Here is a site that shows the development from opera to operetta to musical.

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