Broadway Babies: The People Who Made the American Musical

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Vividly recreating the unique pleasure of experiencing a song-and-dance show, Broadway Babies spotlights the men and women who made a difference in the development of American musical comedy. Mordden's account features such show people as Florenz Ziegfeld, Harold Prince, Bert Lahr, Gwen Verdon, Angela Lansbury, Victor Herbert, Liza Minnelli, and Stephen Sondheim, and such musicals as Sally, Oh Kay!, Anything Goes, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Follies, Chicago, and countless others.
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Overview

Vividly recreating the unique pleasure of experiencing a song-and-dance show, Broadway Babies spotlights the men and women who made a difference in the development of American musical comedy. Mordden's account features such show people as Florenz Ziegfeld, Harold Prince, Bert Lahr, Gwen Verdon, Angela Lansbury, Victor Herbert, Liza Minnelli, and Stephen Sondheim, and such musicals as Sally, Oh Kay!, Anything Goes, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Follies, Chicago, and countless others.
While theatrical historians traditionally have emphasized the role of the authors of musicals, Mordden also examines the personal styles of the directors, choreographers, and producers, in order to demonstrate not only what the musical became but what it was. The volume includes an extensive discography—the first of its kind—which offers a virtually self-contained history of recorded show music.

"A spirited and vivid account of the evolution of musical theater in America"---San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195054255
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Ethan Mordden has taught at Yale University and is the author of eighteen books, including The American Theatre, A Guide to Orchestral Music, Opera in the Twentieth Century, and A Guide to Opera Recording.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Broadway, 1900 3
1. The Score 7
2. The Urban Ethnic Emergence 22
3. The Great Glorifier 34
4. The Heroine 49
5. The Top Banana 58
6. The Book 72
7. The New Style of Score 81
8. The New Style of Heroine 108
9. The Jazzmen 121
10. The Choreographers 130
11. The Musical Play 138
12. A Newer Style of Heroine 153
13. The Superdirectors 165
14. The State of the Art 182
A Selective Discography 197
Index 239
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