Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers / Edition 1

Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers / Edition 1

by Steven Suskin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195125991

ISBN-13: 9780195125993

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


This majestic reference book fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theater, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Bernstein, Loesser, Sondheim, Kander, Finn, Flaherty, and more--this book covers their work, their innovations, their…  See more details below

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This majestic reference book fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theater, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Bernstein, Loesser, Sondheim, Kander, Finn, Flaherty, and more--this book covers their work, their innovations, their successes, and their failures. Show Tunes is simply the most comprehensive volume of its kind ever produced, and this newly revised and updated edition discusses over 900 shows and almost 8,000 show tunes. The book has been called "a concise skeleton key to the Broadway musical" (Variety) and "a ground-breaking reference work with a difference" (Show Music)--or, as the Washington Post observed, "It makes you sing and dance all over your memory."

The eagerly anticipated Third Edition, updated through January 1999, features the entire theatrical output of thirty-six of Broadway's leading composers, in addition to a wide selection of work by other composers. The listings include essential production data and statistics, the most extensive information available on published and recorded songs, and lively commentary on the shows, songs, and diverse careers.

Based on meticulous research, the book also uncovers dozens of lost musicals--including shows that either closed out of town or were never headed for Broadway--and catalogs hundreds of previously unknown songs, including a number of musical gems that have been misplaced, cut, or forgotten. The book also includes a detailed chronology of the musicals and a show-by-show guide to the careers of Broadway's most important lyricists, librettists, producers, directors, and choreographers.

Informative, insightful, and provocative, Show Tunes is an essential guide for anyone interested in the American musical.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195125993
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
3RD, REVISED & EXPANDED
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.90(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Preface to the Third Editionxi
Prefaces to the Earlier Editionsxiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
How to Use This Bookxvii
Part IComposers of the Early Years
Introduction1
Jerome Kern3
Irving Berlin37
George Gershwin57
Vincent Youmans77
Richard Rodgers85
Cole Porter117
Arthur Schwartz135
Harold Arlen149
Vernon Duke159
Burton Lane169
Kurt Weill173
Marc Blitzstein185
Harold Rome193
Part IINew Composers of the 1940s and 1950s
Introduction203
Hugh Martin205
Leonard Bernstein211
Frederick Loewe221
Jule Styne227
Frank Loesser243
Richard Adler251
Jerry Bock255
Bob Merrill263
Meredith Willson269
Stephen Sondheim273
Part IIINew Composers of the 1960s and Beyond
Introduction291
Charles Strouse293
Harvey Schmidt305
Cy Coleman313
Jerry Herman323
John Kander331
Mitch Leigh343
Larry Grossman349
Stephen Schwartz355
Marvin Hamlisch359
Alan Menken363
William Finn369
Maury Yeston375
Stephen Flaherty381
Part IVNotable Scores by Other Composers
Introduction385
Irene387
Shuffle Along387
George White's Scandals of 1926388
Good News!388
Blackbirds of 1928389
Whoopee389
Fine and Dandy390
Walk With Music390
Early to Bed391
Beggar's Holiday391
Flahooley392
Top Banana392
Kismet393
The Golden Apple394
Plain and Fancy394
Li'l Abner395
Goldilocks396
Redhead396
Once Upon a Mattress397
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown397
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris398
Hair399
Promises, Promises400
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Promenade401
Purlie402
Grease402
The Wiz403
Shenandoah403
The Robber Bridegroom404
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas404
Dreamgirls405
Baby405
Big River406
The Secret Garden406
Jelly's Last Jam407
Victor/Victoria408
Floyd Collins408
Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk409
Big409
Rent410
Jekyll & Hyde411
Side Show412
The Lion King413
Saturn Returns: A Concert413
Parade414
Appendices
Appendix 1Chronological Listing of Productions417
Appendix 2Collaborator Reference Listing441
Appendix 3Bibliography and a Word about Finding Music463
Song Title Index467
Show Index543
People Index557

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