The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen

The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical
Author: Ethan Mordden
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466893443
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 320
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For Ethan Mordden, the closing night of the hit musical, 42nd St. sounded the death knell of the art form of the Broadway musical. After that, big orchestras, real voices, recognizable books and intelligent lyrics went out the window in favor of cats, helicopters, yodeling Frenchmen, and the roof of the Paris Opera. Mordden takes us through the aftermath of the days of the great Broadway musical. From the long-running Cats to Miss Saigon, Phantom, and Les Miserables, to gems like The Producers, he is unsparing in his look at the remains of the day. Not content to scold the shows' creators, Mordden takes on the critics, too, splaying their bodies across the Great White Way like Sweeney Todd giving a close shave. Once more, it's "curtain going up," but Mordden is not applauding.

Lied und populäre Kultur - Song and Popular Culture 58 (2013)

Jahrbuch des Deutschen Volksliedarchivs Freiburg 58. Jahrgang - 2013. Song und populäres Musiktheater: Symbiosen und Korrespondenzen Song and Popular Musical Theatre: Symbioses and Correspondences
Author: Michael Fischer,Wolfgang Jansen,Tobias Widmaier
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 3830979975
Category: Art
Page: 321
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Lied und pouläre Kultur/Song and Popular Culture, das Jahrbuch des Deutschen Volksliedarchivs Freiburg, erforscht unter verschiedenen Schwerpunktthemen populäre Musikkulturen in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart. Kultur-, mentalitäts- und mediengeschichtliche Fragestellungen spielen dabei eine herausragende Rolle, etwa das Verhältnis von Musik und Lied zu Politik, Religion und Bildung. Ergänzt wird das Jahrbuch grundsätzlich durch einen umfangreichen Rezensionsteil, der einen guten Überblick über die aktuellen musikwissenschaftlichen Publikationen gibt. Dieser Band setzt sich mit dem populären Musiktheater auseinander, die Beiträge reichen von den Anfängen der Schlagerindustrie, über die Weiter- und Wiederverwendung bstimmter Musical- und Popsongs, über Original-Cast-Aufnahmen bis hin zum modernen Musiktheater und musikalischem Theater.

Boys Keep Swinging: A Memoir


Author: Jake Shears
Publisher: Omnibus Press
ISBN: 1787590194
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 319
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From Jake Shears – world famous singer, songwriter, actor and LGBTQ+ icon – comes this wide-eyed and determined coming-of- age story; an unforgettable literary account of a man overcoming the odds and finding his true voice. Long before hitting the stage as the lead singer of the iconic glam rock band Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears was Jason Sellards, a teenage boy living a fraught life, resulting in a confusing and confining time in high school as his classmates bullied him and few teachers showed sympathy. It wasn’t until years later, while living and studying in New York City, that Jason would find his voice as an artist and, with a group of friends and musicians who were also thirsting for stardom and freedom, form the band Scissor Sisters. First performing in the smoky gay nightclubs of New York, then finding massive success in the United Kingdom, Scissor Sisters would become revered by the LGBTQ+ community, sell out venues worldwide, and win multiple accolades with hits like Take Your Mama and I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, as well as their cult-favourite cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. Candid and courageous, Shears’ writing sings with the same powerful, spirited presence that he brings to his live performances. Following a misfit boy’s development into a dazzling rock star, Boys Keep Swinging is a raucously entertaining memoir that will be an inspiration to anyone with determination and a dream. ‘This is a beautiful, fascinating memoir by a beautiful guy who has lived a fascinating life – and he has the insights and receipts to prove it. Wonderful!’ - Dan Savage

Changed for Good

A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
Author: Stacy Wolf
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195378245
Category: Music
Page: 306
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From Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" to Nina in "In the Heights" and Elphaba in "Wicked," female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre--performers, creators, and characters--from the start of the Cold War to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon--"West Side Story," "Cabaret," "A Chorus Line," "Phantom of the Opera," and many others--with special emphasis on the blockbuster "Wicked." Along the way, Wolf demonstrates how the musical since the mid-1940s has actually been dominated by women--women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.

Sing for Your Supper

The Broadway Musical in the 1930s
Author: Ethan Mordden
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466893478
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 288
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In the 1930s, Broadway's lights still burned brightly. Ethan Mordden completes his history of the Broadway musical by taking a look at this forgotten era. Shows like Anything Goes brought the glitter of Cole Porter and Merman's brass to the public. Innovations in dance were pioneered by Balanchine and others. Scenic advancements made Astaire's The Band Wagon move across the stage in novel ways. Gershwin's revolutionary Porgy and Bess entered the canon of American Classics. And The Cradle Will Rock and Johnny Johnson took the American political temperature. With his trademark wit and style, Ethan Mordden shines the spotlight on Broadway's forgotten decade.

Glitter and be gay

die authentische Operette und ihre schwulen Verehrer
Author: Kevin Clarke
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Gays in the performing arts
Page: 310
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Harrington Gay Men's Literary Quarterly


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Gay men's writings, American
Page: N.A
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Playbill


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Theater
Page: N.A
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Library Journal


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Libraries
Page: N.A
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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

Cassette books


Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Reference
Page: N.A
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New York


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: New York (N.Y.)
Page: N.A
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Musicians & Composers of the 20th Century: Paul Desmond-Joan Jett


Author: Alfred William Cramer
Publisher: Salem PressInc
ISBN: 9781587655142
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 360
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Examines individuals from all over the world who gained significance as composers, performers, instrumentalists, vocalists, and teachers. Covers the history of musical genres, including blues, classical, country, gospel, jazz, Latin, musical theater, opera, punk, rap, reggae, rock, and more.

"Gliding Through Our Memories"

The Performance of Nostalgia in American Musical Theater
Author: Kathryn Ann Tremper Edney
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Musicals
Page: 902
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Choice


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Best books
Page: N.A
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Book Review Index


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Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Books
Page: N.A
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Every 3d issue is a quarterly cumulation.

Talking Book Topics


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Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Talking books
Page: N.A
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American Theatre


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Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Theater
Page: N.A
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Everybody Loves You

A Continuation of the "Buddies" Cycle
Author: Ethan Mordden
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250128269
Category: Fiction
Page: 312
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A gay ghost, a talking dog, and a street kid who thinks he's an elf-child join our narrator Bud, best friend Dennis Savage, eternally young Little Kiwi, devastating hunk Carlo, and the other characters from I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore and Buddies in this final volume in Mordden's trilogy on gay life in the big city. And there's trouble in paradise: Dennis Savage is suffering midlife crisisl; his lover little Kiwi who uses sex as a weapon, threatens to tear apart the delicate fabric of this gay family of buddies, lovers, and brothers and the AIDS crisis may bring an end to this whole world.

How's Your Romance?

Concluding the "Buddies" Cycle
Author: Ethan Mordden
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466854138
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Mordden explores a tricky moral universe in which emotional loyalty is exalted but sexual fidelity is not assumed...There is a sense of real pain amid the zingers; Mordden's characters run their mouths to avoid baring their souls." -- New York Times Book Review on Some Men Are Lookers After a hiatus of eight years, Ethan Mordden returns to the fictional universe for which he is most beloved in this latest, possibly last, volume in his much lauded "Buddies" cycle. Following the exploits of his best-loved characters -- Dennis Savage, J. (who was once Little Kiwi), Carlo, the slowly maturing 'elf-child' Cosgrove, and narrator Bud -- as he lays bare the changed emotional landscape of the city within a city that is Gay Manhattan. Blending the comic, the sexy, the tragic, and the at once idealistic and realistic, these stories are Ethan Mordden at his very best.

Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century


Author: Alfred William Cramer
Publisher: Salem PressInc
ISBN: 9781587655173
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 360
View: 7091
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Examines individuals from all over the world who gained significance as composers, performers, instrumentalists, vocalists, and teachers. Covers the history of musical genres, including blues, classical, country, gospel, jazz, Latin, musical theater, opera, punk, rap, reggae, rock, and more.