refers to a literary or musical work (often musical theatre
) characterized by freedom of style and structure and usually containing elements of burlesque
, music hall
. It sometimes also has elements of cabaret, circus
, variety, vaudeville
and mime. Extravaganza may more broadly refer to an elaborate, spectacular, and expensive theatrical production.
The term was widely used to describe to a type of 19th century British drama made popular by James Planché. Planche defined it as "the whimsical treatment of a poetical subject.
The term is derived from the Italian word stravaganza, meaning extravagance.