Musical!: A Grand Tour

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MUSICAL! is a complete narrative history of the musical theater in the United States from the 19th century to the present day. Engaging, witty, and opinionated, this is a history that successfully navigates the course between academic lecture and entertaining survey.

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Many histories of Broadway musicals are on the shelves, most of them taking the predictable path of chronological order, or by composer. Denny Martin Flynn's history follows a rough chronology, but instead examines the development of musicals in chapters divided by dominant personality ("Jerome Robbins and Oklahoma!"), by discipline ("Lyrics," "Bookwriters"), or by genre ("Revues," "The Rock Musical"). Though oddly apocalyptic toward the end, given the recent vitality of musicals, the book offers a useful, fresh perspective on the 20th-century history of a magical art form.

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Book Description Cengage Learning, 1997. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Introduction. Prologue. PART ONE: EUROPEAN INFLUENCES. 1. Antiquities. 2. The Dark Ages. 3. The Renaissance. 4. The Beggar's Opera. 5. Comic Operas. PART TWO: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL. 6. The Black Crook. 7. Operettas. 8. Revues. 9. George M. Cohan. 10. The Princess Musicals. 11. Show Boat. 12. Porgy and Bess. 13. Agnes de Mille and Oklahoma! 14. Jerome Robbins and West Side Story. 15. Michael Bennett and A Chorus Line. PART THREE: THE GOLDEN AGE. 16. Directors and Choreographers Interlude. 17. The Black Musical. 18. The Rock Musical. 19. The English Musical. 20. The Off-Broadway Musical. 21. Classics, Major and Minor. 22. Bookwriters. 23. Lyrics. 24. Music. PART FOUR: END OF AN ERA. 25. Decline and Fall. 26. Into the Woods. Finale Ultimo. Appendix-Broadway on Film. Acknowledgments. Index. About the Author. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_002864610X

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