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Ganzl's Book of the Broadway Musical: 75 Favorite Shows, from H.M.S. Pinafore to Sunset Boulevard

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No one is a greater authority on the history of the musical than actor/ author/producer Kurt Ganzl, and here he gives us the first comprehensive guide to the 75 greatest musicals of the last 100 years. This is bound to be every theatre-lover's dream gift.
-- Gives full production information, casts, plot synopses, song titles, and fascinating notes about each show.
-- Illustrated throughout with rare ...
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Overview

No one is a greater authority on the history of the musical than actor/ author/producer Kurt Ganzl, and here he gives us the first comprehensive guide to the 75 greatest musicals of the last 100 years. This is bound to be every theatre-lover's dream gift.
-- Gives full production information, casts, plot synopses, song titles, and fascinating notes about each show.
-- Illustrated throughout with rare photographs of the original Broadway productions.
-- Features 75 favorite Broadway shows, including The King and I; Jesus Christ Superstar; Damn Yankees; Grease; My Fair Lady; The Music Man; A Chorus Line; West Side Story; Annie; The Sound of Music; Gypsy; Sweeney Todd; Evita; Show Boat; 42nd Street; Anything Goes; Cats; Oklahoma!; Hello, Dolly!; Fiddler on the Roof; Carousel; Hair; South Pacific; Phantom of the Opera; Guys and Dolls; Miss Saigon.
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Library Journal
Although most librarians will appreciate this "best of" collection, Gnzl's latest is a briefer, cheaper, and unfortunately less satisfying version of Gnzl's Book of the Musical Theater (LJ 4/15/88). Each entry reads like well-written liner notes in a compact disc. Song titles are interspersed in three- to four-page plot summaries, but production information is minimal. For plots, this work is more useful than Arthur Jackson's The Best Musicals (LJ 12/1/77), but patrons will almost always need to use another source (e.g., Stanley Green's Broadway Musicals Show by Show, Hal Leonard Bks., 1985) to gather details or critical analyses. Recommended for larger theater collections and wherever Gnzl's previous works are popular.Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Tex.
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A guide to the 75 greatest musicals of the last 100 years, listed in chronological order according to when they first played on Broadway. Lists information on the production history and characters, as well as providing a synopsis and b&w photos, for each musical. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sandy Whiteley
"Ganzl's Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre" ["RBB" S 1 94], the 1995 Dartmouth Medal Honor Book, and "Ganzl's Book of the Musical Theatre" ["RBB" Je 15 89] both cover musical theater around the world. This new title is a spinoff highlighting 75 Broadway musicals, a few of which are too recent to have been included in his encyclopedia. Each entry gives full production information, casts, plot synopses, song titles, and notes about film versions. Each is liberally illustrated with photographs from the original production. An appendix listing cast recordings on compact disc is followed by an index of names and song titles. Public libraries that couldn't afford Ganzl's more comprehensive encyclopedia for their reference collections will want his latest title covering the shows of most interest to today's reader. Large public and academic libraries that have Ganzl's other works in reference will want to add this one to the circulating collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028708324
  • Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 10.35 (h) x 1.53 (d)

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