Library Journal - Library JournalInternational in scope, comprehensive in historical coverage, enjoyably written, helpfully opinionated, this unique buyer's guide to recorded musicals serves also as a discography and history of the genre. Ganzl's New Zealand English can be quaint, but his inclusion of German, Austrian, British, and French recorded musicals will educate Americans who may think all worthwhile musicals originated on Broadway. Comparisons between and among recordings are made when several are available for the same show, and recommendations of the 100 ``essential'' recordings for a core collection are given. Film versions, studio recordings, selections and anthologies, and re-releases on new formats are all included. Lively, welcome, and highly recommended to musical recording librarians and their collector patrons.-- Bonnie Jo Dopp, District of Columbia P.L.
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