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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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Ethan Mordden has been hailed as "a sharp-eared listener and a discerning critic," by Opera News, which compares his books to "dinner with a knowledgeable, garrulous companion." The "preeminent historian of the American musical" (New York Times), he "brings boundless energy and enthusiasm buttressed by an arsenal of smart anecdotes" (Wall Street Journal). Now Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously
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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.
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After six volumes on the musical's history, decade by decade from the 1920s through the 1970s, Ethan Mordden takes an entirely fresh look at the musical.  Read more...

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