The Great Movie Musicals: A Viewer's Guide to 168 Films That Really Sing

The Great Movie Musicals: A Viewer's Guide to 168 Films That Really Sing

by Don Tyler
     
 

Beginning with The Jazz Singer in 1927 and ending with Sweeney Todd in 2007, this comprehensive critical history examines the greatest movie musicals of all time. Organized alphabetically, 168 films are analyzed on the basis of importance, entertainment value and musical presentation. Included are Broadway adaptations (West Side Story), screen originals (The Wizard

Overview

Beginning with The Jazz Singer in 1927 and ending with Sweeney Todd in 2007, this comprehensive critical history examines the greatest movie musicals of all time. Organized alphabetically, 168 films are analyzed on the basis of importance, entertainment value and musical presentation. Included are Broadway adaptations (West Side Story), screen originals (The Wizard of Oz), all-star revues (The King of Jazz), musical biopics (The Glenn Miller Story), "dance pictures (Fame) and animated features (Aladdin).

Each entry contains full cast and production credits, a list of awards, background information, and a synopsis incorporating the musical numbers in order of appearance. Appendices itemize the "greatest musical" selections of the American Film Institute and Entertainment Weekly magazine.

Editorial Reviews

ARBA
the choice of titles is excellent...recommended
Reference Reviews
"represents a significant portion of the canon of great movie musicals...a welcome addition...this is by far the best work available...this book is clearly a labour of love"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786443840
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Series:
Performing Arts/Film
Pages:
423
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

A retired music professor from Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida, Don Tyler has written over two dozen choral compositions and arrangements. In addition, he has authored several books about music. He lives in Ocoee, Florida.

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