Experiencing Broadway Music: A Listener’s Companion explores approximately the last century of American musical theater, beginning with the early–twentieth-century shift from European influenced operettas and bawdy variety shows to sophisticated works of seamlessly integrated song and dance that became uniquely American. It concludes with an examination of current musical trends and practices on Broadway.
As a musician who works on Broadway and in developmental musical theater, Kat Sherrell draws on her knowledge both as a historian of Broadway musical form and as a professional Broadway musician to offer an insider’s perspective on the development and execution of the past and present Broadway scores. Despite its enormous breadth, and given the historical significance of the musical in modern popular culture, Experiencing Broadway Music provides listenerswhether they know musical theater well or not at allwith the tools and background necessary to gain an understanding of the highly variegated structure and character of the Broadway musical over the past century.
About the Author
Kat Sherrell is a conductor, pianist, and writer. Her work in New York has included Broadway shows In the Heights, Bring It On and The Book of Mormon and NBC’s Smash, as well as many new musicals in various stages of development, including Sweethearts of Swing, for which she is the lyricist-composer.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Great Big Broadway Show: Wicked
Chapter 2: The Roots of American Musical Theater: The Great Ziegfeld
Chapter 3: The Beginnings of Integration: Very Good Eddie, Shuffle Along, and Show Boat
Chapter 4: The Great Depression and The Great American Songbook: Anything Goes and Porgy & Bess
Chapter 5: A Golden Age of Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein
Chapter 6: Rock on Broadway: Hair
Chapter 7: Concept Musicals: Sondheim: The Birthday Concert and A Chorus Line
Chapter 8: Mega-Musicals: Andrew Lloyd Webber: Gold Album and Les Misérables
Chapter 9: Musicals for the MTV Generation: Rent and Spring Awakening
Chapter 10: Diversity and Integration: Hamilton