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musical comedy

musical (def 5).
Origin of musical comedy
1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He'd been a musical-comedy producer so long that no megalomaniacal absurdity could take him by surprise.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • He addressed a few trivialities to the musical-comedy star who was sitting on his left.

    The Hillman E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Yeovil had seen the same sort of thing done on the musical-comedy stage, and done rather differently.

  • The mise-en-scne is far better here than it is in Paris, where this "musical-comedy" is still an attraction.

  • In losing her, the musical-comedy stage has lost a player whose peculiar individuality will not easily be replaced.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
  • There are four musical-comedy productions in London that a sheer sense of duty compelled me to see.

  • Meg had deferred the adoption of the musical-comedy costume until such time as she took over Ayah's duties.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • She, too, had attained a good deal of celebrity in the musical-comedy world—was to be one of the features of the cast.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
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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musical-comedy in Culture

musical comedy definition

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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