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A poster showing the chorus girls of a 1900 extravaganza.

An extravaganza is a literary or musical work (often musical theatre) characterized by freedom of style and structure and usually containing elements of burlesque, pantomime, music hall and parody. It sometimes also has elements of cabaret, circus, revue, variety, vaudeville and mime.[1] Extravaganza may more broadly refer to an elaborate, spectacular, and expensive theatrical production.[2]

19th-century British dramatist, James Planché, was known for his extravaganzas. Planché defined the genre as "the whimsical treatment of a poetical subject."[3]

The term is derived from the Italian word stravaganza, meaning extravagance.

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  1. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica online". Britannica.com. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
  2. ^ Ewen, David (1957). Panorama of American Popular Music. Prentice Hall.
  3. ^ Planché. The recollections and reflections of J.R. Planché (Somerset herald): a professional biography (1872), Vol. II, p. 43