Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

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The classic musicals of Broadway can provide us with truly enchanted evenings. But while many of us can hum the music and even recount the plot from memory, we are often much less knowledgeable about how these great shows were put together. Now, in Enchanted Evenings, Geoffrey Block offers theater lovers an illuminating behind-the-scenes four of some of the best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals of Broadway's Golden Era. Here, we find insightful studies of fourteen musicals including such all-time ...
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Overview

The classic musicals of Broadway can provide us with truly enchanted evenings. But while many of us can hum the music and even recount the plot from memory, we are often much less knowledgeable about how these great shows were put together. Now, in Enchanted Evenings, Geoffrey Block offers theater lovers an illuminating behind-the-scenes four of some of the best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals of Broadway's Golden Era. Here, we find insightful studies of fourteen musicals including such all-time favorites as Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story. The book's particular focus is on the music, showing how librettist, lyricist, composer, and director work together to shape the piece. Block sheds light on why particular musicals have adapted to changing times and are still being performed in high schools, colleges, and community theaters across the country, while others languish in comparative obscurity. Packed with information, including a complete discography and plot synopses and song-by-song scenic outlines for each of the fourteen shows, this book is an essential reference as well as a riveting history.
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Focusing on Broadway musicals from the 1930s to the late 1950s, Block music, U. of Puget Sound offers in-depth studies of 14 musicals. He draws on such manuscript materials as musical sketches, autograph manuscripts, prepreoduction librettos, and lyric drafts to show how the musical took shape, and in particular, the ways in which librettist, lyricist, composer, and director worked together to shape the music. Appendices include lists of the songs in the musicals and lists of long-running musicals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195167306
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,041,217
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Geoffrey Block is Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound School of Music, in Tacoma, Washington. He has published widely on the Broadway musical and is also the author of three books on Charles Ives.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Overture
1 Introduction: Setting the Stage 3
2 Show Boat: In the Beginning 19
3 Anything Goes: Songs Ten, Book Three 41
4 Porgy and Bess: Broadway Opera 60
5 On Your Toes and Pal Joey: Dance Gets into the Act and "Sweet Water from a Foul Well" 85
6 The Cradle Will Rock: A Labor Musical for Art's Sake 115
7 Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus: The Broadway Stranger and His American Dreams 133
8 Carousel: The Invasion of the Integrated Musical 159
9 Kiss Me, Kate: The Taming of Cole Porter 179
10 Guys and Dolls and the Most Happy Fella: The Greater Loesser 197
11 My Fair Lady: From Pygmalion to Cinderella 225
12 West Side Story: The Very Model of a Major Musical 245
13 Happily Ever After West Side Story with Sondheim 274
Synopses 295
Discography: Selected Original, Revival, Film, and Studio Casts 303
App. A Sources, Published Librettos, and Vocal Scores 311
App. B Long Runs 1920s-1980s 314
App. C The Forty Longest-Running Book Musicals on Broadway 317
App. D Show Boat 319
App. E Anything Goes 325
App. F Porgy and Bess: Songs, Arias, and Themes 328
App. G On Your Toes: Broadway 1936 and Broadway Revival 1983 329
App. H Pal Joey: Broadway 1940 and Broadway Revival 1952 330
App. I The Cradle Will Rock: Broadway 1937 331
App. J Lady in the Dark: Broadway 1941 332
App. K One Touch of Venus: Broadway 1943 333
App. L Carousel: Broadway 1945 334
App. M Kiss Me, Kate: Broadway 1948 335
App. N Guys and Dolls: Broadway 1950 337
App. O The Most Happy Fella: Broadway 1956 338
App. P My Fair Lady: Broadway 1956 340
App. Q West Side Story: Broadway 1957 341
App. R Follies: Broadway 1971 and London Revival 1987 343
Notes 347
Select Bibliography 393
Index 401
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