"No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance": A History of the American Musical Theater

by Phillip Patinkin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810119949
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Sheldon Patinkin is chair of the Theater Department of Columbia College in Chicago, artistic director of the Getz Theater of Columbia College, artistic consultant for Second City and Steppenwolf Theatre, and co-director of the Steppenwolf Theatre Summer Ensemble Workshops. He has directed more than one hundred plays, musicals, operas, and revues throughout the United States and around the world. In 2002 Patinkin was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from both the Chicago Improv Festival and the Israeli Film Festival. He is the author of The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater (Sourcebooks, 2000).

Table of Contents


Overture: Beginning in the Middle, 1943

1. Oklahoma!

Part One: Ancestors and Antecedents, 1791-1900

2. Opera and French and Viennese Operetta

3. The Minstrel Show, Variety/Vaudeville, The Black Crook and Black Crook

4. Gilbert and Sullivan

5. American Burlesque and the 1890s

Part Two: Early American Musical Comedies, Operettas, and Revues, 1901-1924

6. George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert, and Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.

7. From Babes in Toyland to "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

8. From The Firefly to Yip-Yip-Yaphank

9. From The Scandals of 1919 to the Cotton Club

10. From Lady, Be Good! to Rose-Marie

Part Three: The Golden Age of the Broadway Song, 1925-1939 

11. From The Garrick Gaieties to Strike Up the Band

12. Show Boat

13. From The New Moon to The Little Show

14. The Gershwins and Irving Berlin in the 1930s

15. Kern, Rodgers and Hart, and Cole Porter in the1930s

16. The Rise of Big Bands and Swing\

Part Four: The Transitional Years, 1910-1945

17. From Pal Joey to Lady in the Dark

18. From This Is the Army to Carousel

Part Five: The Golden Age of the Broadway Musical, 1945-1964

19. From Annie Get Your Gun to Brigadoon

20. From Kiss Me Kate to South Pacific

21. From Guys and Dolls to Peter Pan

22. From Damn Yankees to My Fair Lady

23. From West Side Story to The Sound of Music

24. From Bye Bye Birdie to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

25.From She Loves Me to Fiddler on the Roof

Part Six: Fade Out—Fade In, 1965-1969

26. From Kelly to Cabaret

27. From Hair to 1776

Part Seven: The Splintering of the Form, 1970-2007

28. From Company to Jesus Christ Superstar

29. From Grease to A Chorus Line

30. From Pacific Overtures to Evita

31. From 42nd Street to Cats

32. From La Cage aux Folles to City of Angels

33. From Assassins to Ragtime

34. Exit Music


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