MUSICAL! is a complete narrative history of the musical theater in the United States from the 19th century to the present day. Engaging, witty, and opinionated, this is a history that successfully navigates the course between academic lecture and entertaining survey.
Flinn<-->a dancer, choreographer, and writer<-->describes how playwrights from Aristophanes through Shakespeare incorporated music and dance into their productions, then traces the roots of the American musical. Part three describes the Golden Age in all its glory<-->from Black Musicals to Rock Musicals<-->and reviews the work of key directors, choreographers, lyricists, playwrights and composers. Finally, the author examines the decline of the American musical over the past two decades. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Introduction. Prologue. PART ONE: EUROPEAN INFLUENCES. 1. Antiquities. 2. The Dark Ages. 3. The Renaissance. 4. The Beggar''''s Opera. 5. Comic Operas. PART TWO: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL. 6. The Black Crook. 7. Operettas. 8. Revues. 9. George M. Cohan. 10. The Princess Musicals. 11. Show Boat. 12. Porgy and Bess. 13. Agnes de Mille and Oklahoma!. 14. Jerome Robbins and West Side Story. 15. Michael Bennett and A Chorus Line. PART THREE: THE GOLDEN AGE. 16. Directors and Choreographers Interlude. 17. The Black Musical. 18. The Rock Musical. 19. The English Musical. 20. The Off-Broadway Musical. 21. Classics, Major and Minor. 22. Bookwriters. 23. Lyrics. 24. Music. PART FOUR: END OF AN ERA. 25. Decline and Fall. 26. Into the Woods. Finale Ultimo. Appendix-Broadway on Film. Acknowledgments. Index. About the Author.