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Musical theatre : a history

Author: John Kenrick
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Like every art form, musical theatre has been changing and evolving since its inception more than 2000 years ago. Musical Theatre: A History presents a history of stage musicals from the earliest accounts of the ancient Greeks and Romans, for whom songs were common elements in staging, to Jacques Offenbach in Paris during the 1840s, to Gilbert and Sullivan in England, to the rise of music halls and vaudeville  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kenrick, John.
Musical theatre : a history.
New York : Continuum, 2008
(OCoLC)639786119
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Kenrick
ISBN: 9780826428608 0826428606
OCLC Number: 173299259
Description: 408 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ancient times to 1850 : "Playgoers, I bid you welcome!" --
Continental operetta (1840-1900) : "Typical of France" --
American explorations (1624-1880) : "The music of something beginning" --
Gilbert & Sullivan (1880-1900) : "Object all sublime" --
The birth of musical comedy (1880-1899) : "It belong'd to my father before I was born" --
A new century (1900-1913) : "Whisper of how I'm yearning" --
American ascendance (1914-1919) : "In a class beyond compare" --
Al Jolson : "The world's greatest entertainer" --
The jazz age (1920-1929) : "I want to be happy" --
Depression era miracles (1930-1940) : "Trouble's just a bubble" --
A new beginning (1940-1950) : "They couldn't pick a better time" --
Broadway takes stage (1950-1963) : "The street where you live" --
Rock rolls in (1960-1970) : "Soon it's gonna rain" --
New directions (1970-1979) : "Vary my days" --
Spectacles and boardrooms : "As if we never said goodbye" --
Musical comedy returns (the 2000s) : "Where did we go right?"
Responsibility: John Kenrick.
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Provides a history of stage musicals from Paris during the 1840s. This book is suitable for those in the theatre as well as Broadway and West End fans.  Read more...

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'A readable, accessible, up-to-date history of musical theatre' Theatre and Performance "A comprehensive history of stage musicals.. .As informative as it is entertaining, Musical Theatreis richly Read more...

 
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