Broadway Musicals: A Hundred Year History

Broadway Musicals: A Hundred Year History

by David H. Lewis
     
 

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Musicals have been a major part of American theater for many years, and nowhere have they been more loved and celebrated than Broadway, the theater capital of the world. The music of such composers as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, Lerner and Loewe, Steven Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber continues to run through people's minds, and such…  See more details below

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Musicals have been a major part of American theater for many years, and nowhere have they been more loved and celebrated than Broadway, the theater capital of the world. The music of such composers as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, Lerner and Loewe, Steven Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber continues to run through people's minds, and such productions as South Pacific, Cats, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Rent, and West Side Story remain at the top of Broadway's most popular productions.
This book is a survey of Broadway musicals all through the 20th century, from the Tin Pan Alley-driven comedy works of the early part of the century, to the integrated musical plays that flourished in the heyday years of midcentury, and to the rock era, concept musicals, and the arrival of British mega-musicals late in the century. It also profiles some of the theater world's leading composers, writers, and directors, considers some of the most unforgettable and forgettable shows, illustrates the elusive fragility of the libretto, explains the compensating nature of production elements, and examines representative shows from every decade. An extensive discography offers a brief critique of over 300 show cast albums.

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Editorial Reviews

Stage Directions Magazine
this is a compelling and engrossing book
Theatre Topics
straightforward, well-researched history
Broadside
highly recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786481149
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/23/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

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Meet the Author

David H. Lewis has written articles for Variety, The Christian Science Monitor, and Skate, among others, and is currently at work on the book and lyrics for a new musical comedy. He lives in California.

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