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The Virgin Encyclopedia of Stage and Film Musicals

The Virgin Encyclopedia of Stage and Film Musicals

by Colin Larkin
     
 
Musical buffs have finally met their match in Colin Larkin's latest volume. The Virgin Encyclopedia of Stage & Film Musicals is an exhaustive, indepth view of one of the world's oldest forms of entertainment. Timeless classics are included in this volume as well as the flops which may have escaped the memories of avid musical enthusiasts. Compiling an entire history

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Musical buffs have finally met their match in Colin Larkin's latest volume. The Virgin Encyclopedia of Stage & Film Musicals is an exhaustive, indepth view of one of the world's oldest forms of entertainment. Timeless classics are included in this volume as well as the flops which may have escaped the memories of avid musical enthusiasts. Compiling an entire history of musicals in one volume allows the reader to draw links between stage and film. How many people knew that Gay Divorce, Funny Face, and Of Thee I Sing were the predecessors for such timeless classics as Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. Chronicling musicals from the West End to Broadway and everywhere in between, this volume offers a world view of an art form that millions of people stand in line for every year.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Following up on his extraordinary eight-volume Encyclopedia of Popular Music (LJ 2/15/99, 3d ed.), music critic Larkin's latest reference title is a kind of updated and expanded version of The Who's Who of Stage Musicals and The Who's Who of Film Musicals combined. The 1600-plus entries contained here (which range in length from one paragraph to a few pages) cover the gamut of American and British musical history and its composers, lyricists, and shows. Larkin's light yet incisive writing style makes for a great read, and he doesn't shy away from including the musically obscure and awful (the Broadway version of Footloose, for example). The result is a tremendous bargain for the quality of information, although continual use will quickly destroy the paper binding. Highly recommended for all theater and music collections.--Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Houston Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753503751
Publisher:
Virgin Books
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
680
Product dimensions:
6.93(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.09(d)

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