A History of the American Musical Theatre

Nathan Hurwitz uses these factors to explain the output of each decade in turn, showing how the most popular productions spoke directly to the audiences of the time.

Author: Nathan Hurwitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317912057

Category: History

Page: 260

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From the diverse proto-theatres of the mid-1800s, though the revues of the ‘20s, the ‘true musicals’ of the ‘40s, the politicisation of the ‘60s and the ‘mega-musicals’ of the ‘80s, every era in American musical theatre reflected a unique set of socio-cultural factors. Nathan Hurwitz uses these factors to explain the output of each decade in turn, showing how the most popular productions spoke directly to the audiences of the time. He explores the function of musical theatre as commerce, tying each big success to the social and economic realities in which it flourished. This study spans from the earliest spectacles and minstrel shows to contemporary musicals such as Avenue Q and Spiderman. It traces the trends of this most commercial of art forms from the perspective of its audiences, explaining how staying in touch with writers and producers strove to stay in touch with these changing moods. Each chapter deals with a specific decade, introducing the main players, the key productions and the major developments in musical theatre during that period.
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American Musical Theatre

Covers more than 250 years of musical theatre in the United States, from a 1735 South Carolina production of Flora to The Addams Family in 2010.

Author: Gerald Martin Bordman

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199729700

Category: Music

Page: 1017

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Covers more than 250 years of musical theatre in the United States, from a 1735 South Carolina production of Flora to The Addams Family in 2010.
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The Musical

THE MUSICAL A LOOK AT AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER

Author: Richard Kislan

Publisher: Applause Books

ISBN: UOM:39015037005728

Category: Music

Page: 310

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THE MUSICAL A LOOK AT AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATER
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Anything Goes

Offers a history of American musical theater from the 1920s through to the 1970s, and includes such famous works as "Oklahoma!," "The Red Mill," and "Porgy and Bess."

Author: Ethan Mordden

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190227931

Category: Music

Page: 360

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Ethan Mordden has been hailed as "a sharp-eared listener and a discerning critic," by Opera News, which compares his books to "dinner with a knowledgeable, garrulous companion." The "preeminent historian of the American musical" (New York Times), he "brings boundless energy and enthusiasm buttressed by an arsenal of smart anecdotes" (Wall Street Journal). Now Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously delightful history of American musical theatre. Anything Goes stages a grand revue of the musical from the 1700s through to the present day, narrated in Mordden's famously witty, scholarly, and conversational style. He peers with us over Stephen Sondheim's shoulder as he composes at the piano. He places us in a bare rehearsal room as the cast of Oklahoma! changes history by psychoanalyzing the plot in the greatest of the musical's many Dream Ballets. And he gives us tickets for orchestra seats on opening night-raising the curtain on the pleasures of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill and the thrill of Porgy and Bess. Mordden examines the music, of course, but also more neglected elements. Dance was once considered as crucial as song; he follows it from the nineteenth century's zany hoofing to tap "combinations" of the 1920s, from the injection of ballet and modern dance in the 1930s and '40s to the innovations of Bob Fosse. He also explores the changing structure of musical comedy and operetta, and the evolution of the role of the star. Fred Stone, the avuncular Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, seldom varied his acting from part to part; but the versatile Ethel Merman turned the headlining role inside out in Gypsy, playing a character who was selfish, fierce, and destructive. From "ballad opera" to burlesque, from Fiddler on the Roof to Rent, the history and lore of the musical unfolds here in a performance worthy of a standing ovation.
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The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity

This book moves in directions I had never considered, forcing me to think about musicals in a truly fresh way.

Author: Raymond Knapp

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691126135

Category: History

Page: 361

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Along with jazz & the American motion picture, the American musical is a distinctive art form that emerged in the first half of the 20th century. Raymond Knapp explores its origins & the themes that have dominated up to the modern day.
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Harold Prince and the American Musical Theater

This comprehensive study of the career of one of Broadway's most influential director/producers discusses the quintessential elements of Prince's theatrical work and assesses his impact on both the American and British musical theater

Author: Foster Hirsch

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 0521336090

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 187

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This comprehensive study of the career of one of Broadway's most influential director/producers discusses the quintessential elements of Prince's theatrical work and assesses his impact on both the American and British musical theater
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American Musical Theater

Oklahoma! and the integrated book musical -- Musical theater in nineteenth-century America -- Broadway at the turn of the century -- The teens -- The twenties -- The thirties -- The forties -- The fifties -- The sixties -- The seventies -- ...

Author: James Leve

Publisher:

ISBN: 0195379608

Category: Musicals

Page: 448

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American Musical Theater provides a chronological history of musical theater within a cultural context. Covering the major artistic trends, seminal works, and leading figures in the field, the text uses case study musicals in each chapter as a lens through which to explore themes and developments in the evolution of musical theater over time. In addition to exposing students to the musical theater canon, author James Leve encourages them to think across the disciplines, drawing on their knowledge of music, literature, popular culture, and history. For anyone from diehard musical theater fans to novices to the style, American Musical Theater offers a definitive guide to this inherently American art form.
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The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical

This text presents keywords and critical terms that deepen analysis and interpretation of the musical.

Author: Raymond Knapp

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199987368

Category: Drama

Page: 482

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The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical presents keywords and critical terms that deepen analysis and interpretation of the musical. Taking into account issues of composition, performance, and reception, the book's contributors bring a wide range of practical and theoretical perspectives to bear on their considerations of one of America's most lively, enduring artistic traditions.
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Our Musicals Ourselves

Our Musicals, Ourselves is the first full-scale social history of the American musical theater from the imported Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas of the late nineteenth century to such recent musicals as The Producers and Urinetown.

Author: John Bush Jones

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

ISBN: 9781611682236

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 426

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Our Musicals, Ourselves is the first full-scale social history of the American musical theater from the imported Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas of the late nineteenth century to such recent musicals as The Producers and Urinetown. While many aficionados of the Broadway musical associate it with wonderful, diversionary shows like The Music Man or My Fair Lady, John Bush Jones instead selects musicals for their social relevance and the extent to which they engage, directly or metaphorically, contemporary politics and culture. Organized chronologically, with some liberties taken to keep together similarly themed musicals, Jones examines dozens of Broadway shows from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present that demonstrate numerous links between what played on Broadway and what played on newspapersÕ front pages across our nation. He reviews the productions, lyrics, staging, and casts from the lesser-known early musicals (the ÒgunboatÓ musicals of the Teddy Roosevelt era and the ÒCinderella showsÓ and Òleisure time musicalsÓ of the 1920s) and continues his analysis with better-known shows including Showboat, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma, South Pacific, West Side Story, Cabaret, Hair, Company, A Chorus Line, and many others. While most examinations of the American musical focus on specific shows or emphasize the development of the musical as an art form, JonesÕs book uses musicals as a way of illuminating broader social and cultural themes of the times. With six appendixes detailing the long-running diversionary musicals and a foreword by Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof, JonesÕs comprehensive social history will appeal to both students and fans of Broadway.
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The American Musical

The three analyses are extended with historical overviews of the American Musical. Marc Bauch is also the author of Themes and Topics of the American Musical after World War II (2001) also published by Tectum Verlag.

Author: Marc Bauch

Publisher: Tectum Verlag DE

ISBN: 382888458X

Category: American drama

Page: 175

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Although almost neglected in research and studies on American Literature, the American Musical is certainly the most interesting and the most popular genre of American theater and drama. It has been influenced by the necessities of a self-funding commercial theater system of a democratic country. The fact that it has developed in a country of democracy means that it should be a genre for everyone: the intellectual and the common man. Broadway has provided all these. In his study, Marc Bauch analyzes three American Musicals, namely South Pacific (1949) by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, West Side Story (1957) by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim as well as Sunday in the Park with George (1984) by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Special attention is paid to the themes and topics, the literary means and the dramatic dodges of the aforementioned American Musicals. The three analyses are extended with historical overviews of the American Musical. Marc Bauch is also the author of Themes and Topics of the American Musical after World War II (2001) also published by Tectum Verlag.
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New Complete Book of the American Musical Theater

Provides information on the performances, composers, lyricists, songs, and stars of over five hundred shows.

Author: David Ewen

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

ISBN: UOM:39015040089214

Category: Music

Page: 800

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Provides information on the performances, composers, lyricists, songs, and stars of over five hundred shows.
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The Secret Life of the American Musical

In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings.

Author: Jack Viertel

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

ISBN: 0374536899

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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A New York Times Bestseller Putting it together, bit by bit: an insider’s look at the anatomy of the Broadway musical For almost thirty years, Jack Viertel has been a major figure in the Broadway theater world—he’s helped create shows like Hairspray, Angels in America, and Into the Woods; served as dramaturg of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; and is currently senior vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which host such shows as The Book of Mormon and Jersey Boys. Not long ago, Viertel noticed that while colleges offer intensive classes on Shakespeare's plays, dissecting them line by line to uncover their structure and meaning, there was nothing that dealt with musical theater in the same in-depth way. And why shouldn’t there be? he asked. If Shakespeare is England’s national theater, aren’t Broadway musicals ours? In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Viertel gives musicals the Shakespeare treatment. The book draws on a range of examples—from Carousel to Wicked, The Music Man to The Book of Mormon—and personal encounters to paint a picture of how Broadway musicals are made, taking you through all the phases of a typical musical theater story, from opening numbers to finales. It’s a hilarious and compelling look at what Viertel has learned over the course of his career, full of observations about the egotists, geniuses, and workaday professionals who have sustained this unique American art form.
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The American Musical Theater

A noted composer and conductor reviews the origins, evolution, and contemporary elements of the popular American art form.

Author: Lehman Engel

Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company

ISBN: UCSD:31822023063225

Category: Music

Page: 266

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A noted composer and conductor reviews the origins, evolution, and contemporary elements of the popular American art form.
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The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre

Provides plot synopses, cast and production credits, song titles, and awards for 180 musicals from Broadway's golden age.

Author: Corinne J. Naden

Publisher:

ISBN: 0810877333

Category: Music

Page: 267

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Provides plot synopses, cast and production credits, song titles, and awards for 180 musicals from Broadway's golden age.
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The American Musical

This book traces the origins of music theatre from its 18th century European roots through its transformation in 19th century America, and its relation to American popular forms of entertainment as the minstrel show, burlesque and the revue ...

Author: Peter Riddle

Publisher: Oakville, Ont. : Mosaic Press

ISBN: UOM:39015046306117

Category: Music

Page: 215

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This book traces the origins of music theatre from its 18th century European roots through its transformation in 19th century America, and its relation to American popular forms of entertainment as the minstrel show, burlesque and the revue. The flowering of the true musical comedy is documented, as represented by the Princess Musical of Jerome Kern and P G Wodehouse, which then gave birth to the first enduring masterpieces of American music drama -- Kern and Hammerstein's 'Show Boat'. Includes section on Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the development of music theatre through the sixties and beyond.
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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

An authoritative reference for this highly popular genre, this book covers Broadway, Hollywood and television in one volume.

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195335330

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 923

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A reference that covers American stage, film, and television musicals from 1860 to 2007 offers information on the musical productions and the historical evolution of the musical, as well as on performers, composers, and producers.
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Songwriters of the American Musical Theatre

This volume runs the gamut of modern musical theatre, from English light opera through the American Golden Age, up to the "mega musicals" of the late Twentieth Century, giving today’s students and performers an indispensable survey of ...

Author: Nathan Hurwitz

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317428336

Category: Music

Page: 326

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From the favorites of Tin Pan Alley to today’s international blockbusters, the stylistic range required of a musical theatre performer is expansive. Musical theatre roles require the ability to adapt to a panoply of characters and vocal styles. By breaking down these styles and exploring the output of the great composers, Songwriters of the American Musical Theatre offers singers and performers an essential guide to the modern musical. Composers from Gilbert and Sullivan and Irving Berlin to Alain Boublil and Andrew Lloyd Webber are examined through a brief biography, a stylistic overview, and a comprehensive song list with notes on suitable voice types and further reading. This volume runs the gamut of modern musical theatre, from English light opera through the American Golden Age, up to the "mega musicals" of the late Twentieth Century, giving today’s students and performers an indispensable survey of their craft.
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The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia

The first encyclopedia of theatre songs from Broadway shows, this work features facts on over 1,800 songs from over 500 musicals.

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN: UOM:39015034859606

Category: Music

Page: 543

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The first encyclopedia of theatre songs from Broadway shows, this work features facts on over 1,800 songs from over 500 musicals.
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America s Musical Stage

This book discusses the musical stage in all its forms--from burlesque to musical comedy to grand opera--from its beginnings in pre-Revolutionary America to the present day.

Author: Julian Mates

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780275927141

Category: Music

Page: 252

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[This book is] a comprehensive illustrated history of the U.S. musical from its colonial origins to the present, tracing the connections and influences of the minstrel show, operetta, burlesque, melodrama, revues, circus, dance, musical comedy, the Broadway opera, the book musical and other forms. . . . Further, Mates introduces readers to inside stuff--the various types of musical performers. "Variety" American musical theatre has developed as an idigenous art form, with a long history, amazing vitality, and a variety of expression. Julian Mates is the first to show the musical stage in all its guises--from burlesque to musical comedy to grand opera--from its beginning in pre-Revolutionary America to the present day. In addition, this book is the first to explore the relationships between the various forms of musical theatre.
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