A composer/writer who lives in the home city of the Broadway musical traces the history of the genre through three periods: the formative (1866-1927), the golden age (1927-1966), and the fall (1967 to the present). Grant views Mel Brooks's hit The Producers (2001) as quite accurate in satirizing the current "McMusical" studio system. He calls for more inspired writers and librettos, and a new economic model to wrest control of musical theater away from "concept showman." Illustrations are drawn from the Billy Rose Theatre Collection and other sources. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
|Publisher:||Northeastern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.27(d)|
About the Author
MARK N. GRANT is a composer and writer. His concert music and theater pieces have been performed in the United States and Europe. He is the author of Maestros of the Pen: A History of Classical Music Criticism in America. He lives in New York City.