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"No legs, no jokes, no chance" : a history of the American musical theater

Author: Sheldon Patinkin
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Written by one of American theater's most avid and knowledgeable proponents, "No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance" traces the American musical from its rich and varied beginnings in European opera, American minstrel shows, and vaudeville through its many permutations to its current state--from, as Sheldon Patinkin puts it, La Boheme to Rent. Minstrelsy, burlesque, revue, dance, and choreographers, the "texts" of musical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Patinkin, Sheldon.
"No legs, no jokes, no chance".
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)639832084
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sheldon Patinkin
ISBN: 9780810119949 0810119943
OCLC Number: 144547942
Notes: "Written in conjunction with a two-semester course taught with Estelle Spector at Columbia College Chicago ..."--Page [v].
Description: xiv, 580 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Overture : Beginning the middle, 1943 --
Oklahoma! --
pt. 1. Ancestors and antecedents, 1791-1900 --
Opera and French and Viennese operetta --
The minstrel show, variety/vaudeville, and The Black Crook --
Gilbert and Sullivan --
American burlesque and the 1890s --
pt. 2. Early American musical comedies, operettas, and revues, 1901-1924 --
George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert, and Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. --
From Babes in Toyland to "Alexander's Ragtime Band" --
From The Firefly to Yip-yip-yaphank --
From The Scandals of 1919 to the Cotton Club --
From Lady, Be Good! to Rose-Marie --
pt. 3. The golden age of the Broadway song, 1925-1939 --
From The Garrick Gaieties to Strike Up the Band --
Show Boat --
From The New Moon to The Little Show --
The Gershwins and Irving Berlin in the 1930s --
Kern, Rodgers and Hart, and Cole Porter in the 1930s --
The rise of big bands and swing --
pt. 4. The transitional years, 1940-1945 --
From Pal Joey to Lady in the Dark --
From This Is the Army to Carousel --
pt. 5. The golden age of the Broadway musical, 1946-1964 --
From Annie Get Your Gun to Brigadoon --
From Kiss Me, Kate to South Pacific --
From Guys and Dolls to Peter Pan --
From Damn Yankees to My Fair Lady --
From West Side Story to The Sound of Music --
From Bye Bye Birdie to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum --
From She Loves Me to Fiddler on the Roof --
pt. 6. Fade out--fade in, 1965-1969 --
From Kelly to Cabaret --
From Hair to 1776 --
pt. 7. The splintering of the form, 1970-2007 --
From Company to Jesus Christ Superstar --
From Grease to A Chorus Line --
From Pacific Overtures to Evita --
From 42nd Street to Cats --
From La Cage aux Folles to City of Angels --
From Assassins to Ragtime --
Exit music.
Responsibility: Sheldon Patinkin.
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