The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical / Edition 1

The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical / Edition 1

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by Mark Grant
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1555536425

ISBN-13: 9781555536428

Pub. Date: 07/01/2005

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

Many of today’s Broadway shows, from Rent to The Lion King, have become commercial hits, but do they have the cultural importance or the dramatic and musical artistry of such enduring productions as Oklahoma!, Show Boat, or Kiss Me, Kate?

Mark N. Grant traces the transformation of singing and melody, libretto and lyric writing, dance rhythms, sound design,

Overview

Many of today’s Broadway shows, from Rent to The Lion King, have become commercial hits, but do they have the cultural importance or the dramatic and musical artistry of such enduring productions as Oklahoma!, Show Boat, or Kiss Me, Kate?

Mark N. Grant traces the transformation of singing and melody, libretto and lyric writing, dance rhythms, sound design, and choreography and stage direction through three distinct eras: the formative period (1866–1927), the golden age (1927–1966), and the fall (1967 to the present). He explores how and why the unsophisticated genre of pre-1927 musical comedy evolved into the creative, innovative, and immensely popular theatre produced by the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein and then steadily faded as a significant entertainment genre in American culture, giving rise to the “McMusicals” of today.

This provocative, sometimes irreverent work offers a refreshing perspective on the history of American musical theatre and provides strong views on restoring the genre to its former greatness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555536428
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Curtain Raiser
ACT ONE - From Soaring Divas to Growing Rockers: How Changes in Singing Forged and Felled the Show Tune
Scene One. Before the Microphone
Scene Two. After the Microphone
ACT TWO - How Mavericks, Highbrows, and Enlightened Collectivism Invemted the Book and Lyrics and Tweaked the Music
Scene One. The Book
Scene Two. The Lyrics
Scene Three. The Music
ACT THREE - Revolutions in Broadway Rhythm: How the Rock Groove Decomposed the Musical and Dismantled the Fourth Wall
Scene One. Era of the March
Scene Two. The Foxtrot and Rhythm Section Revolution
Scene Three. The Rock Groove Cataclysm
ACT FOUR - The Loudspeakers Are Alive with The Sound of Music: How Electronics Trumped the Artful Acoustics of Broadway
Scene One. Orchestrators
Scene Two. Sound Design
ACT FIVE - Waggin the Musical: How Director-Choreographers Co-opted a Writer's Medium
Scene One. From The Black Crook to Balanchine
Scene Two. Apx: Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, and Playwrighting Choreography
Scene Three. Decline: Directors and Choreographers as Conceptual Showmen
RIDEOUT - The Age of McMusicals: Vaudeville Redux
Notes
Bibliography
Permissions Acknowledgements
Index

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