Showtime A History of the Broadway Musical Theater

ISBN-10: 0393067157

ISBN-13: 9780393067156

Edition: 2010

Authors: Larry Stempel

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Showtime brings the history of Broadway musicals of the last 150 years to life in a narrative as engaging as the subject itself. Combining original research with insightful analysis, Larry Stempel examines musicals in their cultural context for a study that illuminates them and their historical significance. Beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849, Showtime traces the growth of musicals from minstrel shows and operettas, through the golden age of Show Boat and Oklahoma! , to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent. Stempel does not miss a beat: he covers the great creators, stagers, and performers whose creativity and innovation have sparked and sustained our appreciation for musical theater, and he lets them speak for themselves. Gracefully narrated and fully documented with the inclusion of seldom-seen photographs, Showtime is the most comprehensive, authoritative history of the Broadway musical yet published.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/6/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 848
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Larry Stempel, an associate professor of music at Fordham University and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, was a member of Lehman Engel's BMI Musical Theater Workshop. He lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

Introduction: Before The Curtain
Out Of The Nineteenth Century
Transition Stages
The Astor Place Riot
Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Musical
The Black Crook
Variety Stages
From Minstrelsy to Vaudeville
Harrigan and Hart
Weber and Fields
Williams and Walker
A Transatlantic Muse
Operetta: The Golden Age
Light Opera in America
American Light Opera
Into The Twentieth Century
The Native Wit
Cohan and Times Square
Berlin and Tin Pan Alley
Bolton-Wodehouse-Kern: The Princess Theater
The Cult Of Romance
Operetta: The Silver Age
Romberg and Friml
Show Boat
A Shadow Of Vulgarity
Revues: Spectacular and Intimate
Musical Comedy/Musical Farce Comedy
Jazz-Age "Jazz"
Broadway Songbook
The Gershwins
Cole Porter
Rodgers and Hart
The Script Angle
A Musical Play
Oklahomal: The Musical Play
Literate Musical Comedy
Musical Theater: The New Art
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Lerner and Loewe
Harnick and Bock
Opera, In Our Own Way
Opera on Broadway
Broadway Opera
West Side Story
The Great American Showshop
The Abbott Touch
Harburg's Circle
A Loesser Orbit
Comden and Green-and Styne
Toward The New Millennium
Away From Broadway
Early Alternative Musicals
The Off Broadway Renaissance
Farther "Off" and Coming Back
The Metaphor Angle
Cabaret and the Concept Musical
Prince, Sondheim & Co.
Sondheim After Prince
A Dancing Place
The Ballet-Directors: De Mille and Robbins
The Hoofer-Directors: Champion and Fosse
A Chorus Line and After
Distancing Effects
Rice, Lloyd Webber, and Rock Opera
Mackintosh and the Megamusical
Disney and the Movical
Another Broadway... Another Show...
Sondheim's Children
Works Cited
Selected Historical Discography
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