One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970s

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Ethan Mordden's new entry in his history of the Broadway musical looks at an era that brought us not only the gritty reality of "A Chorus Line" and the brilliantly bittersweet works of Stephen Sondheim, but also the nostalgic crowd-pleasers "No, No, Nanette" and "Annie." It was a time when Broadway both looked to its past, but also to its future and allowed reality to enter. Mordden writes of the last time we ever saw true greatness on the stage of the Broadway musical.

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Overview

Ethan Mordden's new entry in his history of the Broadway musical looks at an era that brought us not only the gritty reality of "A Chorus Line" and the brilliantly bittersweet works of Stephen Sondheim, but also the nostalgic crowd-pleasers "No, No, Nanette" and "Annie." It was a time when Broadway both looked to its past, but also to its future and allowed reality to enter. Mordden writes of the last time we ever saw true greatness on the stage of the Broadway musical.

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The golden age of the Broadway musical came to a grand finale with the opening night of the smash hit 42nd Street on August 25, 1980. As the audience rose for a standing ovation, producer David Merrick came on stage to announce that the show's choreographer, Gower Champion, had just died. This is but one of the many fascinating anecdotes that Mordden shares with us in this breezy, witty, and intelligent look at a decade that brought us such memorable and groundbreaking shows as A Chorus Line, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, and Annie. (Mordden's previous Open a New Window covered the musicals of the 1960s.) There were some ambitious flops (Minnie's Boys), almost hits (On the 20th Century), successful revivals (No, No Nanette), and more big hits of the magnitude of Grease. Musical theater buffs will thoroughly enjoy this trip through the 1970s and will be amazed at the number of talented performers, producers, directors, writers, and choreographers who made it a truly golden decade.-Howard Miller, St. Louis, MO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403965394
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/19/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Mordden is the author of Make Believe, Everything's Coming Up Roses, Beautiful Morning, and Open a New Window.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Conclusion 1
1 The Age of Sondheim 8
2 All Those Glittering Years: Follies 34
3 If Everyone Got What They Wanted: Musical Comedy I 48
4 Decca Broadway: Americans in London 79
5 Why Can't We All Be Nice?: The Dark Musical 87
6 Nobody Does It Like Me: Pippin and Seesaw 107
7 It's a Bore: The Dreary Musical 114
8 Keep It Hot: The Concept Musical 127
9 I Could Be at Home with My Seven Maids: The Revival 140
10 Were You Saying Something?: Off-Broadway 161
11 Haven't We Met?: The Revue 167
12 I Really Don't Want to Write a Musical About Some Man Who Is Running from the Nazis. I Want to Do Something with Showgirls: Musical Comedy II 177
13 Evolution Papa: Three "Don't" Musicals 207
14 Don't Pop the Head, Cassie!: Three Classics 217
15 Please Sign the Book on Your Way Out the Door: The 1979-80 Season 233
Index 254
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