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Show Tunes, 1905-1991: The Songs, Shows and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers

Suskin, Steven

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ISBN 10: 0879101466 / ISBN 13: 9780879101466
Published by Limelight Editions, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1992
Condition: Very Good+ Soft cover
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769 pages, indexes. Inscribed on first page- "To Frank, Steven Suskin". 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 112607A

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Title: Show Tunes, 1905-1991: The Songs, Shows and ...

Publisher: Limelight Editions, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author

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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.

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Steven Suskin is the author of The Sound of Broadway Music: a Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations [OUP, February 2009], Second Act Trouble, the Opening Night on Broadway series and a half-dozen other books about the Broadway musical. He has also written hundreds of columns and reviews for Playbill, Variety and other publications. He began his theatrical career as a teenaged assistant at the David Merrick office, followed by twenty-five years as a manager and producer.

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