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Showtime : a history of the Broadway musical theater

Author: Larry Stempel
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Showtime brings the history of Broadway musicals to life in a narrative as engaging as the subject itself--beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849 to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Stempel
ISBN: 9780393929065 039392906X 9780393067156 0393067157
OCLC Number: 601094018
Description: xx, 826 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits, music ; 25 cm
Contents: Before the curtain --
Out of the nineteenth century. Transition stages. The Astor Place Riot ; Uncle Tom's Cabin, the musical ; The Black Crook --
Variety stages. From minstrelsy to vaudeville ; Harrigan and Hart ; Weber and Fields ; Williams and Walker --
A transatlantic muse. Operetta : the golden age ; Light opera in America ; American light opera --
Into the twentieth century. The native wit. Cohan and Times Square ; Berlin and Tin Pan Alley ; Bolton-Wodehouse-Kern : the Princess Theater --
The cult of romance. Operetta : the silver age ; Romberg and Friml ; Show Boat --
A shadow of vulgarity. Revues : spectacular and intimate ; Musical comedy/musical farce comedy ; Jazz-age "Jazz" --
Broadway songbook. The Gershwins ; Cole Porter ; Rodgers and Hart --
The script angle. A musical play ; Oklahoma! : the musical play ; Literate musical comedy --
Musical theater : the new art. Rodgers and Hammerstein ; Lerner and Loewe ; Harnick and Bock --
Opera, in our own way. Opera on Broadway ; Broadway opera ; West Side Story --
The great American showshop. The Abbott touch ; Harburg's circle ; A Loesser orbit ; Comden and Green--and Styne --
Toward the new millennium. Away from Broadway. Early alternative musicals ; The Off Broadway renaissance ; Farther "off" and coming back --
The metaphor angle. Cabaret and the concept musical ; Prince, Sondheim & Co. ; Sondheim after Prince --
A dancing place. The ballet-directors : De Mille and Robbins ; The hoofer-directors : Champion and Fosse ; A chorus line and after --
Distancing effects. Rice, Lloyd Webber, and rock opera ; Mackintosh and the megamusical ; Disney and the movical --
Another Broadway . . . another show . . . --
Revivals --
Antimusicals --
Sondheim's children.
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