The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre

Concentrating on a 22-year span, this book lists both commercial successes and flops of the Golden Age-when the musicals presented on Broadway showcased timeless, memorable tunes, sophisticated comedy, and the genius of creative artists ...

Author: Corinne J. Naden

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810877344

Category: Music

Page: 274

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The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre provides synopses, cast and production credits, song titles, and other pertinent information for over 180 musicals from Oklahoma! to On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Concentrating on a 22-year span, this book lists both commercial successes and flops of the Golden Age-when the musicals presented on Broadway showcased timeless, memorable tunes, sophisticated comedy, and the genius of creative artists like Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, George Abbott, Moss Hart, Angela Lansbury, Robert Preston, and many others.
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American Musical Theater

Herbert's music provided the background for a major production number in which Peggy Fears ... It was a 438 Act Four: The Golden Age of the American Musical.

Author: Gerald Bordman

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195130744

Category: Music

Page: 917

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Provides season-by-season, show-by-show coverage of the American musical, from 1767 to the present, giving a plot synopsis, an idea of the physical production, and principal statistics for each show.
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West End Broadway

"West End Broadway discusses every American musical seen in London between 1945 and 1972."--Jacket.

Author: Adrian Wright

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843837916

Category: Music

Page: 364

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"West End Broadway discusses every American musical seen in London between 1945 and 1972."--Jacket.
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Songwriters of the American Musical Theatre

... BC created the conditions enabling a golden age of playwriting, so the 1940s–1960s allowed for a golden age of writing in the American musical theatre.

Author: Nathan Hurwitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317428329

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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Women in American Musical Theatre

Oklahoma! is commonly said to mark the beginning of the Golden Age of American musical theatre. 2. “Successful Women Songwriters,” The Literary Digest 55.15 ...

Author: Bud Coleman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476607276

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 292

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Throughout the twentieth century women have made significant contributions to the creation of American musical theatre. Directing, choreographing, writing, arranging, producing and designing musicals in a variety of venues throughout America, women have played a significant role in shaping the development of musical theatre both on and off Broadway and in regional, educational, and community venues. The essays in this book examine the history of women in musical theatre, providing biographical descriptions of the women themselves; analyses and interpretations of their productions; and several accounts of how being a woman affected the artists' careers. Topics include the similarities among the careers of successful but neglected lyricists Rida Johnson Young, Anne Caldwell, and Dorothy Donnelly; the Depression-era productions of Hallie Flanagan and Cheryl Crawford; the transformation of the classic "showgirl" image through the dances and stage movement created by prominent female choreographers; and a survey of numerical data highlighting the discrepancy between the number of men versus the number of women hired to direct professional musical productions in various venues across the United States.
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A History of the American Musical Theatre

Just as the Golden Age of the American musical reached its peak, the times were changing out from under it. Although many musicals were created in the ...

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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Tin Pan Alley

For nearly a century, New York's famous "Tin Pan Alley" was the center of popular music publishing in this country.

Author: David A. Jasen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135949013

Category: Music

Page: 384

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For nearly a century, New York's famous "Tin Pan Alley" was the center of popular music publishing in this country. It was where songwriting became a profession, and songs were made-to-order for the biggest stars. Selling popular music to a mass audience from coast-to-coast involved the greatest entertainment media of the day, from minstrelsy to Broadway, to vaudeville, dance palaces, radio, and motion pictures. Successful songwriting became an art, with a host of men and women becoming famous by writing famous songs.
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Reconsidering the Golden Age Narrative for the American Musical in the New Millennium

" And, in Chapter Five, I compare how differently the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the work of Stephen Sondheim are approached and revived in recent years, and offer a reflection on how issues of nostalgia, "Golden Age" ...

Author: Arreanna Rostosky

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ISBN: OCLC:1078246552

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This dissertation proposes that we consider Broadway's history and genre development to be periodic rather than a singular trajectory of growth and inevitable decline. Situating the structural, musical, and aesthetic changes on Broadway within a periodic model, we begin to see phases of aesthetic cohesion and fragmentation emerge within a recurring pattern taking place every fifteen to twenty years. In reframing the evolution of Broadway as a model of continued regeneration, rather than a model of inevitable decay, we can see how various stylistic and structural elements from previous generations of musicals rematerialize in contemporary shows. More importantly, by removing the "Golden Age" as a fixed point of comparison in our analysis, we can come to understand the significance of shows often overlooked in more traditional analyses. Each chapter of this dissertation after the introductory chapter supports this view by offering a case study of a significant trend found on twenty-first century Broadway between 2000-2015 and situating that trend within the proposed periodic model. Chapter Two offers a close analysis of the scenographic practices in the output of the Disney Theatrical Group after 2000. I consider how the use of advanced stage technology in their musicals developed, and differs, from the pure technological spectacle of the megamusical. Chapter Three looks at the intersection between popular culture, camp, and the Broadway musical. The chapter traces the shift in camp sensibilities in self-reflexive musicals specifically developed to appeal to mainstream audiences, from being grounded in theater-related humor to being primarily popular culture-based. Chapters Four and Five explore productions from the post-millennium that more directly complicate the traditional "Golden Age" narrative. In Chapter Four, I provide a scenographic and socio-historical comparison of the concept musical with its post-millennium counterpart that I call the "neo-conceptual musical." And, in Chapter Five, I compare how differently the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the work of Stephen Sondheim are approached and revived in recent years, and offer a reflection on how issues of nostalgia, "Golden Age" preferentialism, and politics of taste play out in the business of reviving (and revising) musicals in the post-millennium.
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Victorians on Broadway

Theater historians differ on what period, if any, constitutes the Golden Age of the American Musical. Bordman and Norton say 1924–37 (441); Engel places it ...

Author: Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813944333

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

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Broadway productions of musicals such as The King and I, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, and Jekyll and Hyde became huge theatrical hits. Remarkably, all were based on one-hundred-year-old British novels or memoirs. What could possibly explain their enormous success? Victorians on Broadway is a wide-ranging interdisciplinary study of live stage musicals from the mid- to late twentieth century adapted from British literature written between 1837 and 1886. Investigating musical dramatizations of works by Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others, Sharon Aronofsky Weltman reveals what these musicals teach us about the Victorian books from which they derive and considers their enduring popularity and impact on our modern culture. Providing a front row seat to the hits (as well as the flops), Weltman situates these adaptations within the history of musical theater: the Golden Age of Broadway, the concept musicals of the 1970s and 1980s, and the era of pop mega-musicals, revealing Broadway’s debt to melodrama. With an expertise in Victorian literature, Weltman draws on reviews, critical analyses, and interviews with such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Polly Pen, Frank Wildhorn, and Rowan Atkinson to understand this popular trend in American theater. Exploring themes of race, religion, gender, and class, Weltman focuses attention on how these theatrical adaptations fit into aesthetic and intellectual movements while demonstrating the complexity of their enduring legacy.
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The American Musical Theatre

From 1966 onward , the " Golden Age " wound down a scattering of noteworthy ... The unbelievable explosion of the American Musical Theatre from ' Oklahoma !

Author: Steven Porter

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 093501697X

Category: Music

Page: 138

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First Published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The Art of Theatre Then and Now

This optimism led to the two decades that many consider the golden age of American musicals. Broadway was filled with great musicals: Carousel (1945), ...

Author: William Missouri Downs

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781133713494

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

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THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW, Third Edition, explores issues of cultural diversity and creativity, presents a full day-in-the-life of theatre, and offers comprehensive coverage of theatre history. The authors make timely and relevant connections between theatre and the familiar world of television and film to help students understand how the living art of theatre relates to and influences today's screen entertainment. For flexibility in the way you teach, THE ART OF THEATRE is available in two versions. This full version contains 17 chapters, six of which cover theatre history in both Western and non-Western contexts, and concludes with a chapter on The Musical. THE ART OF THEATRE: A CONCISE INTRODUCTION features 12 chapters and a briefer treatment of theatre's history, and also features a chapter on The Musical. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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American Musical Theatre

ACT THREE The Birth ofthe Modern Musical, 1914–1921 345 INTERMISSION The Cinderella Era, 1921–1924 413 ACT FOUR The Golden Age of the American Musical, ...

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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150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre

Chapter Fourteen The Golden Age of the American Musical Just as the First World War gave the United States a chance to export the jazz - age sounds that ...

Author: Andrew Lamb

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300075383

Category: Music

Page: 380

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Covers the development of musicals, from the earliest European operetta styles of France and Germany to the modern musical of the United States and Britain.
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The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical

During the “Golden Age” of the American musical, generally identified as the ... functioned as an essential narrative toolin musical theater production.

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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Irving Berlin s American Musical Theater

... Lerner and Logan, two major figures of Broadway's Golden Age, position Irving Berlin as a kind of founding father of American musical theater.

Author: Jeffrey Magee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199381012

Category: Music

Page: 394

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From patriotic "God Bless America" to wistful "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's songs have long accompanied Americans as they fall in love, go to war, and come home for the holidays. Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater is the first book to fully consider this songwriter's immeasurable influence on the American stage. Award-winning music historian Jeffrey Magee chronicles Berlin's legendary theatrical career, providing a rich background to some of the great composer's most enduring songs, from "There's No Business Like Show Business" to "Puttin' on the Ritz." Magee shows how Berlin's early experience singing for pennies made an impression on the young man, who kept hold of that sensibility throughout his career and transformed it into one of the defining attributes of Broadway shows. Magee also looks at darker aspects of Berlin's life, examining the anti-Semitism that Berlin faced and his struggle with depression. Informative, provocative, and full of colorful details, this book will delight song and theater aficionados alike as well as anyone interested in the story of a man whose life and work expressed so well the American dream.
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Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage

The Producers offers communal memory for a specifically Jewish site such as Israel, the shtetl or the Lower East Side: the golden age Broadway musical.

Author: Jessica Hillman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786466023

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

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With chapters on The Sound of Music, Milk and Honey, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, The Rothschilds, Rags, Ragtime and The Producers, this book examines both direct and indirect references to, or resonances of, the Holocaust, tracing changing American attitudes through the chronological progression of these musical productions and their subsequent revivals. Despite the abundance of writing on both musical theatre history and on the difficulties of Holocaust representation, history and theatre scholars alike have thus far ignored the intersections of these areas. The academy thereby risks excluding precisely those works that shed the most light on our culture's evolving response to the Shoah, an event that still helps to define American identity. This book redresses this lapse by focusing on the theatrical form seen by the greatest amount of people--musicals--which either trigger or reflect changing American mores.
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Let s Face the Music

Recounts the lives and times of the men who created the songs from the classic American musicals, such as the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, and Irving Berlin

Author: Benny Green

Publisher: Michael Joseph

ISBN: 1851454896

Category: Music

Page: 234

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Recounts the lives and times of the men who created the songs from the classic American musicals, such as the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, and Irving Berlin
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Sweet Mystery

Complete Book of the American Musical Theater. New York: Henry Holt, 1958. Ewen, David. The Life and Death of Tin Pan Alley: The Golden Age of American ...

Author: Ellen M. Peck

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190873592

Category: Music

Page: 304

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Rida Johnson Young (ca. 1869-1926) was one of the most prolific female playwrights of her time, as well as a lyricist and librettist in the musical theater. She wrote more than thirty full-length plays, operettas, and musical comedies, 500 songs, and four novels, including Naughty Marietta, Lady Luxury, The Red Petticoat, and When Love is Young . Despite her extensive output, no significant study of her work has been produced. This book looks at her musical theater works with in-depth analyses of her librettos and lyrics, as well as her working relationships with other writers, performers, and producers, particularly Lee and J. J. Shubert. Using archival materials such as original typescripts, correspondence, and reviews, the book contextualizes her work in the early twentieth century professional theater and provides a window into the standard practices of writing and production of the era.
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