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    Show Tunes The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers

    ISBN-10: 0195125991
    ISBN-13: 9780195125993
    Author(s): Steven Suskin
    Description: This majestic reference book fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theater, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin,  More...
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    Edition: 2nd
    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 608
    Size: 8.00" wide x 10.25" long x 2.00" tall
    Weight: 2.750
    Language: English

    This majestic reference book fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theater, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Bernstein, Loesser, Sondheim, Kander, Finn, Flaherty, and more--this book covers their work, their innovations, their successes, and their failures. Show Tunes is simply the most comprehensive volume of its kind ever produced, and this newly revised and updated edition discusses over 900 shows and almost 8,000 show tunes. The book has been called "a concise skeleton key to the Broadway musical" (Variety) and "a ground-breaking reference work with a difference" (Show Music)--or, as the Washington Post observed, "It makes you sing and dance all over your memory." The eagerly anticipated Third Edition, updated through January 1999, features the entire theatrical output of thirty-six of Broadway's leading composers, in addition to a wide selection of work by other composers. The listings include essential production data and statistics, the most extensive information available on published and recorded songs, and lively commentary on the shows, songs, and diverse careers. Based on meticulous research, the book also uncovers dozens of lost musicals--including shows that either closed out of town or were never headed for Broadway--and catalogs hundreds of previously unknown songs, including a number of musical gems that have been misplaced, cut, or forgotten. The book also includes a detailed chronology of the musicals and a show-by-show guide to the careers of Broadway's most important lyricists, librettists, producers, directors, and choreographers. Informative, insightful, and provocative, Show Tunes is an essential guide for anyone interested in the American musical.

    Foreword
    Preface to the Third Edition
    Prefaces to the Earlier Editions
    Acknowledgments
    How to Use This Book
    Composers of the Early Years
    Introduction
    Jerome Kern
    Irving Berlin
    George Gershwin
    Vincent Youmans
    Richard Rodgers
    Cole Porter
    Arthur Schwartz
    Harold Arlen
    Vernon Duke
    Burton Lane
    Kurt Weill
    Marc Blitzstein
    Harold Rome
    New Composers of the 1940s and 1950s
    Introduction
    Hugh Martin
    Leonard Bernstein
    Frederick Loewe
    Jule Styne
    Frank Loesser
    Richard Adler
    Jerry Bock
    Bob Merrill
    Meredith Willson
    Stephen Sondheim
    New Composers of the 1960s and Beyond
    Introduction
    Charles Strouse
    Harvey Schmidt
    Cy Coleman
    Jerry Herman
    John Kander
    Mitch Leigh
    Larry Grossman
    Stephen Schwartz
    Marvin Hamlisch
    Alan Menken
    William Finn
    Maury Yeston
    Stephen Flaherty
    Notable Scores by Other Composers
    Introduction
    Irene
    Shuffle Along
    George White's Scandals of 1926
    Good News!
    Blackbirds of 1928
    Whoopee
    Fine and Dandy
    Walk With Music
    Early to Bed
    Beggar's Holiday
    Flahooley
    Top Banana
    Kismet
    The Golden Apple
    Plain and Fancy
    Li'l Abner
    Goldilocks
    Redhead
    Once Upon a Mattress
    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
    Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
    Hair
    Promises, Promises
    1776
    Promenade
    Purlie
    Grease
    The Wiz
    Shenandoah
    The Robber Bridegroom
    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
    Dreamgirls
    Baby
    Big River
    The Secret Garden
    Jelly's Last Jam
    Victor/Victoria
    Floyd Collins
    Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk
    Big
    Rent
    Jekyll and Hyde
    Side Show
    The Lion King
    Saturn Returns: A Concert
    Parade
    Appendices
    Chronological Listing of Productions
    Collaborator Reference Listing
    Bibliography and a Word about Finding Music
    Song Title Index
    Show Index
    People Index

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