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Anything goes : a history of American musical theatre

Author: Ethan Mordden
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
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This work offers a history of American musical theater from the 1920s through to the 1970s. After six volumes on the musical's history, decade by decade from the 1920s through the 1970s, the author takes an entirely fresh look at the musical, from 'The Beggar's Opera' to 'Wicked'. Looking at the 'Star Comic', the 'Sweetheart Heroine', the war between musical comedy and operetta, the rise of the sexy story in the
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ethan Mordden
ISBN: 9780199892839 0199892830
OCLC Number: 824088285
Notes: Discography: (pages 291-322).
Description: xii, 346 p., [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The First Age. Source material ; The age of burlesque ; At the turn of the century. --
The Second Age. The witch of the wood and the bamboo tree ; Victor Herbert ; The new music ; The variety show. --
The Third Age. The structure of twenties musical comedy ; The structure of twenties operetta ; Dancing in the dark ; Blue Monday blues ; The Rodgers and Hammerstein handbook ; Something to dance about ; After West Side story ; The Sondheim handbook. --
The Fourth Age. Devolution ; That is the state of the art.
Responsibility: Ethan Mordden.
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