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In the 1960s, the Broadway musical underwent a revolution. What was once a form of entertainment characterized by sentimental standards, such as Camelot and Hello, Dolly! became one of brilliant and bittersweet masterpieces, such as Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof. In Open a New Window, Mordden continues his history of the Broadway musical with the decade that bridged the gap between the fanciful shows of the fifties, such as Call Me, Madam, and the sophisticated fare of the seventies, including A Little Night Music and Follies. Here in brilliant detail are the decade and the people that transformed the Broadway musical—from the writer who knows it best.

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Editorial Reviews

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". . .intelligent and enlightening. . ." —Booklist
Los Angeles Times
Mordden brings [the Broadway musical] to life with the immediacy of an eyewitness hanging over the balcony railing.
New York Times Book Review
A breezy, thoroughly diverting delight...Mordden is such a vivacious guide that, by himself, he can make the old shows sing....
Publishers Weekly
The prolific Mordden (The Fireside Companion to the Theatre) has juggled two different series in recent years, one fiction and one nonfiction. Now he offers the fourth title in the latter, a decade-by-decade history of American musicals, following on the heels of Coming Up Roses, about the 1950s. Despite Mordden's authoritative, scholarly approach, the book sings with stylish syncopation and chatty humor. The evolution and transition of 1960s Broadway was signaled by the failure of Irving Berlin's Mr. President, Noel Coward's fading glory (Sail Away) and the beginning of The Fantasticks' four-decade run. New concepts emerged, and fresh talents like Bob Fosse and Stephen Sondheim took center stage. With Cabaret in 1966, "the new age begins." Darker themes were introduced in Man of La Mancha, What Makes Sammy Run? and Golden Boy. Detailing the decade's innovations, Mordden tosses in fascinating bits of theatrical lore and history. Hits (Funny Girl) and flops (Sophie) are deftly described with wit, panache and a clever, novelistic eye. Mordden never misses a cue, covering everything from off-Broadway (The Threepenny Opera) to the English musical. Regrettably, the lack of boldface subheads decreases the book's value as a research tool, since many titles are lost in the multitude. Still, scholars will be as anxious to read it as theater enthusiasts. (Nov. 5) Forecast: Readers will wish a CD had been packaged with this tuneful history, but booksellers can fill that gap by displaying the book with appropriate albums. Mordden's regular readers who queue at the TKTS box office will line up at stores for this one. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
An authority on American musicals analyzes the evolution of 1960s Broadway and off-Broadway theater from boy gets girl and "big lady show" themes to greater realism and directorial power. Includes a photo essay of such more traditional plays as and , and the new "forbidden Broadway" exemplified by . Lacks references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403960139
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Series: The Golden Age of the Broadway Musical Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Mordden is the author of Make Believe: The Broadway Musical in the 1920s, Everything's Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s, and Beautiful Mornin': The Broadway Musical in the 1940s.

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Table of Contents

“What’s in It For You?”—The Shows of 1960

• “Twice as Much Grief”-Camelot

• “Expect Things to Happen”; or “Don’t Look Back”-Musical Comedy I

• “A Romantic Atmosphere”—The Gay Life and She Loves Me

• “Nothing More to Look Forward To”-Old Talent

• “Summer is Over”-New Talent

• “Eye on the Target”—Funny Girl

• “When Messiah Comes”-The Super-Director

• “Hearts Grow Hard on a Windy Street”—Cabaret

• “All Caught Up in her OO-LA-LA”-The English Musical

• “Have You Got Charm?”-The Off-Broadway Musical

• “Look Around Your Little World”-The Dark Show

• “Everybody Has the Right to Be Wrong”-Good Ideas and Bad Ideas

• “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?”-Musical Comedy II

• “I Don’t Want to Know”-Three Shows of 1969

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