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American musical theatre : a chronicle

Author: Gerald Martin Bordman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Universally recognized as one of the major works dealing with the American theatre in any form, Gerald Bordman's American Musical Theatre has become a landmark book since its original publication in 1978. Chronicling American musicals, show by show and season by season, it offers a running commentary and assessment as well as providing the basic facts about each production. This updated edition includes the new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Musicals
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Chronologie
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bordman, Gerald Martin.
American musical theatre.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)608693886
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Martin Bordman
ISBN: 0195072421 9780195072426
OCLC Number: 23693926
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 821 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Origins to 1866 --
2. Act one: early successes --
Scene one: Opera Bouffe and native elements, 1866-1878 --
Scene two: H.M.S. Pinafore and the great transformation, 1878-1892 --
3. Intermission: further British influences and new stirrings, 1892-1902 --
4. Act two: the emergence of American talent, 1902-1907 --
5. Intermission: Viennese operetta and the American retreat, 1907-1914 --
6. Act three: the birth of the modern musical, 1914-1921 --
7. Intermission: the Cinderella era, 1921-1924 --
8. Act four: the golden age of the American musical, 1924-1937 --
Scene one: songwriters' shows as pure entertainment, 1924-1929 --
Scene two: depression and "talkies": Broadway's answer, 1929-1937 --
9. Intermission: Broadway's response to the swing era --
10. Act five: the American musical as a conscious art form --
Scene one: Americana amid a new seriousness, 1942-1951 --
Scene two: increasing problems: lowering standards, 1951-1965 --
11. Intermission: exhaustion, 1965-1969 --
12. Act six: full circle?; or, return of the Brits --
Scene one: startlingly new, delightfully old, 1969-1981 --
Scene two: a musical trade imbalance, 1981-1990.
Responsibility: Gerald Bordman.

Abstract:

"Universally recognized as one of the major works dealing with the American theatre in any form, Gerald Bordman's American Musical Theatre has become a landmark book since its original publication in 1978. Chronicling American musicals, show by show and season by season, it offers a running commentary and assessment as well as providing the basic facts about each production. This updated edition includes the new shows that have opened on Broadway since the original publication and a complete general index. Also included are over a hundred musicals newly discovered by Bordman--turn-of-the-century, cheap-priced touring shows that never played Broadway, but were the training ground for many theatre guests. An invaluable guide to American musical theatre past and present, this book will be welcome reading for theatregoers everywhere."--Jacket.
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