Never have musicals been more popular than they are today. With live television broadcasts of shows like Rent and Hairspray and films like Mean Girls and Shrek being adapted to the stage, musicalsas well as the creators and artists who bring them to lifeare at the forefront of popular culture.
In 100 Most Important People in Musical Theatre, Andy Propst profiles the individuals who have helped shape this beloved art form. Songwriting greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber are some of the familiar names in the book. So, too, are performers such as Nathan Lane, Ethel Merman, Audra McDonald, and Patti LuPone, and directors and choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Harold Prince, Jerome Robbins, and Tommy Tune. Readers learn not only about these men and women’s exceptional lives and achievements, but can peek backstage at such groundbreaking shows as Show Boat, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, Company, and A Chorus Line, among others. Period reviews and interviews highlight both the shows and the people who contributed to them.
The profiles in 100 Most Important People in Musical Theater provide a terrific history of musical theater, guiding readers from the era of operetta and the ascendancy of the book musical to the emergence of the concept musical and contemporary productionsfrom The Mikado and The Phantom of the Opera to Fun Home and Hamilton. This book is an invaluable addition to any musical theatre fan’s library, and will also appeal to researchers and scholars.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
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About the Author
Andy Propst is an arts journalist who has served as a judge for the Obie Awards and as a member of the nominating committee for the Drama Desk Awards. He also teaches criticism for the Institute for Theatre Journalism and is curator and chief content officer for BwayTunes.com. Propst is the author of You Fascinate Me So: The Life & Times of Cy Coleman (2015) and They Made Us Happy: Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s Musicals (2018).