musical comedy

[ myoo-zi-kuhl kom-i-dee ]
/ ˈmyu zɪ kəl ˈkɒm ɪ di /
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a musical that is light or humorous with a happy or cheerful ending.
(formerly, especially in reference to works from the first half of the 20th century) musical (def. 5).
Also called com·e·dy mu·sic . a genre of entertainment that prominently features songs in a comedy routine, such as stand-up comedy, or that is a type of show or album similar to a comedy routine, presented entirely in song.
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Origin of musical comedy

First recorded in 1755–65
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British Dictionary definitions for musical comedy

musical comedy

a play or film, usually having a light romantic story, that consists of dialogue interspersed with singing and dancing
such plays and films collectively
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Cultural definitions for musical comedy

musical comedy

A play or film that highlights song and dance. Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, and The Producers are well-known musical comedies.

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