Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s

Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s

by Ethan Mordden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195140583

ISBN-13: 9780195140583

Pub. Date: 11/26/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The 1950s saw an explosion in the American musical theater. The Broadway show, catapulted into the limelight in the 1920s and solidified during the 1940s thanks to Rodgers and Hammerstein, now entered its most revolutionary phase, brashly redefining itself and forging a new kind of storytelling. In Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s, Ethan Mordden…  See more details below

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The 1950s saw an explosion in the American musical theater. The Broadway show, catapulted into the limelight in the 1920s and solidified during the 1940s thanks to Rodgers and Hammerstein, now entered its most revolutionary phase, brashly redefining itself and forging a new kind of storytelling. In Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s, Ethan Mordden gives us a guided tour of this rich decade. With loving detail, Mordden highlights the shift in Broadway from shows that were mere star vehicles, showcasing big-name talents, to the bolder stories, stuffed with character and atmosphere. During this period, subject matter became more intricate, even controversial, and plots more human and complex. Mordden demonstrates how, in response, musical conventions were polished, writing became more finely crafted, and dance became truly indispensable. Along the way we meet the key players, such greats as Ethel Merman, George Abbott, Jerome Robbins, Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and many others. We get the backstage scoop on why Guys and Dolls is so well made, why West Side Story is so timeless, why The King and I and Gypsy push the envelope, and why no one ever talks about Ankles Aweigh.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140583
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/26/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1The Street, 19503
2Guys and Dolls28
3A Tree Grows in Brooklyn37
4The Street, 195248
5Kismet78
6The Street, 195489
7Fanny & New Girl in Town108
8By the Beautiful Sea & Plain and Fancy119
9The Street, 1956129
10My Fair Lady149
11Li'l Abner162
12Candide170
13The Street, 1958186
14Redhead210
15The Street, 1959218
16West Side Story & Gypsy238
Index255

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