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The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built
By Sarah Crichton Books
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ean: 9780374536893, isbn: 0374536899,

4.7 out of 5 stars with 45 reviews
A New York Times BestsellerFor almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, marriage, and children, who will start the cycle all over again. Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what,


A History of the American Musical Theatre
By imusti
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mpn: 9780415715089, ean: 9780415715089, isbn: 0415715083,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 33 reviews
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


A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical (Critical Companions)
By Methuen Drama
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mpn: 9781472513250, ean: 9781472513250, isbn: 1472513258,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 48 reviews
This Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical provides the perfect introductory text for students of theatre, music and cultural studies. It traces the history and development of the industry and art form in America with a particular focus on its artistic and commercial development in New York City from the early 20th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on commercial, artistic and cultural events that influenced the Broadway musical for an ever-renewing, increasingly broad and div


Broadway: The American Musical
By Paramount Home Video
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ean: 0097368857148,

4.7 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews
Like its fellow PBS series Ken Burns' Jazz, Broadway: The American Musical is an ambitious and absorbing exploration of a unique American art form that has always been best experienced in live performance. Hosted and narrated by Julie Andrews, the six-part, six-hour documentary traces the history of musical theater from its roots in vaudeville, operetta, and minstrel shows, to the dawn of what would become the modern American musical, Show Boat, and on through many changes that seemed to reflect


Broadway: The American Musical
By Applause
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ean: 9781493047673, isbn: 1493047671,

4.2 out of 5 stars with 25 reviews
A comprehensive companion to the six-part Emmy-winning PBS documentary series, Broadway: The American Musical is the gold standard of musical theater history books, tracing the roots of the art form at the turn of the twentieth century through the smashing successes of the new millennium. The in-depth text is lavishly illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, scenic renderings, production stills, and rehearsal shots, many previously unpublished. With a foreword by Julie Andrews, this edi


The Musical: A Look at the American Musical Theater (Applause Books)
By Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
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mpn: 155783217X, ean: 9781557832177, isbn: 155783217X,

4.9 out of 5 stars with 52 reviews
This revised and expanded edition of Kislan's acclaimed study of America's musical theater includes a new section on “Recent Musical Theater: Issues and Problems.” “The ancient union of drama and song, known as musical theater, comes in many forms – vaudeville, burlesque, comic opera, minstrels, etc. The author reviews these and other highlights of American musicals ... with a fascinating background on the elements that contribute to the success of a Showboat.” – King Features •


The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity
By Princeton University Press
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mpn: 9780691126135, ean: 9780691126135, isbn: 0691126135,

4.3 out of 5 stars with 41 reviews
The American musical has achieved and maintained relevance to more people in America than any other performance-based art. This thoughtful history of the genre, intended for readers of all stripes, offers probing discussions of how American musicals, especially through their musical numbers, advance themes related to American national identity. Written by a musicologist and supported by a wealth of illustrative audio examples (on the book's website), the book examines key historical antecedents


American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of Sixteen Broadway Classics: A Library of America Boxed Set
By Library of America
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ean: 9781598532579, isbn: 159853257X,

4.5 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews
Including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, and 11 other great shows, this landmark collection is your ticket to the Golden Age of the Broadway musical: The Broadway musical is one of America’s great indigenous popular forms, a glorious hybrid that emerged “out of our speech, our tempo, our moral attitudes, our way of moving” (as Leonard Bernstein put it). Now in a landmark two-volume collection, The Library of America presents sixteen enduring masterp


Broadway: The American Musical (Applause Books)
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mpn: 314827, ean: 9781423491033, isbn: 1423491033,

4.1 out of 5 stars with 47 reviews
A companion to the six-part PBS documentary series, Broadway: The American Musical is the first comprehensive history of the musical, from its roots at the turn of the 20th century through the smashing successes of the new millennium. The in-depth text is lavishly illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, sheet-music covers, posters, scenic renderings, production stills, rehearsal shots and caricatures, many previously unpublished. Revised and updated, with a brand-new foreword by Julie


Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American Musical Theatre
By Brandeis University Press
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ean: 9780874519044, isbn: 0874519047,

4.4 out of 5 stars with 59 reviews
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, co


"No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance": A History of the American Musical Theater
By Brand: Northwestern University Press
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mpn: Illustrations, ean: 9780810119949, isbn: 9780810119949,

4.3 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews
Written by one of American theater's most avid and knowledgeable proponents, ''No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance'' traces the American musical from its rich and varied beginnings in European opera, American minstrel shows, and vaudeville through its many permutations to its current state--from, as Sheldon Patinkin puts it, La Boheme to Rent. Minstrelsy, burlesque, revue, dance, and choreographers, the ''texts'' of musical theater so often overlooked by its historians, finally receive due consideratio


The Best of Broadway - The American Musical (PBS Series)
By Verve
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4.2 out of 5 stars with 44 reviews
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF BROADWAY MUSIC EVER ASSEMBLED! Decca Broadway & Columbia Broadway Masterworks have joined together in a historic partnership to offer music from the 6-part PBS series Broadway: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL Broadway's Greatest Hits - all on 1 CD! The definitive Broadway collection - features 21 of Broadway's most memorable songs of all time. A century's worth of Broadway's best - everything from Showboat to the Tony Award winner Wicked. A companion to the fabulous PBS


American Musical Theater
By Oxford University Press
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ean: 9780195379600, isbn: 9780195379600,

4.6 out of 5 stars with 48 reviews
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 knowledg


A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical (Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance)
By University of Michigan Press
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ean: 9780472067725, isbn: 0472067729,

4.0 out of 5 stars with 25 reviews
Subverting assumptions that American musical theater is steeped in nostalgia, cheap sentiment, misogyny, and homophobia, this book shows how musicals of the 1950s and early 1960s celebrated strong women characters who defied the era's gender expectations. A Problem Like Maria reexamines the roles, careers, and performances of four of musical theater's greatest stars-Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, and Barbra Streisand-through a lesbian feminist lens. Focusing on both star persona and p


Broadway Musicals, Revised and Updated: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time
By Black Dog & Leventhal
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mpn: 850 colour and b&w photos, ean: 9781579128494, isbn: 9781579128494,

4.1 out of 5 stars with 54 reviews
A fully updated edition of the acclaimed and bestselling Broadway Musicals, now featuring an expanded off-Broadway section Broadway Musicals is a richly illustrated, and information-packed celebration of the most popular and enduring Broadway shows of all time. Each show is featured in a detailed, photo-filled chapter that includes expert commentary, special features on the creators and performers, plot synopses, cast and song lists, production details, and backstage anecdotes. Also included ar


The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity
By Princeton University Press
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ean: 9780691141053, isbn: 0691141053,

4.7 out of 5 stars with 58 reviews
The American musical has long provided an important vehicle through which writers, performers, and audiences reimagine who they are and how they might best interact with the world around them. Musicals are especially good at this because they provide not only an opportunity for us to enact dramatic versions of alternative identities, but also the material for performing such alternatives in the real world, through songs and the characters and attitudes those songs project. This book addresses a


Hamilton 2019 Wall Calendar: An American Musical
By Universe Publishing
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mpn: 43181-359188, ean: 9780789334992, isbn: 0789334992,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 16 reviews
Based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical, the Hamilton 2019 Wall Calendar is a celebration of the most popular theatrical experience on Broadway. A must-have for any Hamilton fan, this beautifully designed collectible wall calendar features gorgeous images of the original cast by photographer Josh Lehrer, lyrics from the show, as well as important historical dates. With book, music, and lyrics by Tony Award®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Bla


American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of Eight Broadway Classics 1950 -1969 (LOA #254): Guys and Dolls / The Pajama Game / My Fair Lady / ... America Classic Broadway Musicals Collection)
By Library of America
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mpn: illustrations, ean: 9781598532593, isbn: 1598532596,

4.1 out of 5 stars with 27 reviews
The Broadway musical is one of America’s great indigenous popular forms, a glorious hybrid that emerged “out of our speech, our tempo, our moral attitudes, our way of moving” (as Leonard Bernstein put it). Now in the second volume of a landmark two-volume collection, The Library of America presents eight enduring masterpieces charting the Broadway musical’s narrative tradition from the genre’s Golden Age to its response to the turbulent 1960s with the Tony Award–winning shows Cabaret


Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story
By DK
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mpn: illustrations, ean: 9781465438867, isbn: 9781465438867,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews
Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story showcases the complete history of the musical on stage and screen, from its origins in ancient Greece to early twentieth century dance halls and vaudeville to the golden age of cinema productions to the record-breaking Broadway musicals of today.Packed with historical insights, memorabilia, behind-the-scenes gossip, and artifacts, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story takes you on the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour of the best-loved musicals, such


Histories of the Musical: An Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, Volume 1 (Oxford Handbooks)
By Oxford University Press
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mpn: 9780190877767, ean: 9780190877767, isbn: 0190877766,

4.3 out of 5 stars with 51 reviews
The American musical is a paradox. On stage or screen, musicals at once hold a dominant and a contested place in the worlds of entertainment, art, and scholarship. Born from a mélange of performance forms that included opera and operetta, vaudeville and burlesque, minstrelsy and jazz, musicals have always sought to amuse more than instruct, and to make money more than make political change. In spite of their unapologetic commercialism, though, musicals have achieved supreme artistry and have in



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