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Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater



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Here for the first time is the whole history of the musical, on Broadway and off. Stempel combines original research#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;including a wealthy of primary sources and archival holdings#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;with deft and insightful analysis, and explores the rich strands of musical theater by genre and type, looking at not only how musicals work but also how they serve as barometers of social concerns and bearers of cultural values. Beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849, Stempel traces the growth of musicals from minstrel shows and burlesques, through the golden age of Show Boat and Oklahoma!, to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent. Stempel examines musicals in their cultural and historical context and includes detailed portraits of all the influential figures#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;the creators, directors, and performers#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;who made it all possible.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introduction: Before The Curtainp. 1
Out Of The Nineteenth Century
Transition Stagesp. 19
The Astor Place Riotp. 27
Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Musicalp. 35
The Black Crookp. 42
Variety Stagesp. 53
From Minstrelsy to Vaudevillep. 56
Harrigan and Hartp. 68
Weber and Fieldsp. 77
Williams and Walkerp. 85
A Transatlantic Musep. 95
Operetta: The Golden Agep. 98
Light Opera in Americap. 105
American Light Operap. 116
Into The Twentieth Century
The Native Witp. 131
Cohan and Times Squarep. 137
Berlin and Tin Pan Alleyp. 144
Bolton-Wodehouse-Kern: The Princess Theaterp. 159
The Cult OfRomancep. 169
Operetta: The Silver Agep. 174
Romberg and Frimlp. 180
Show Boatp. 192
A Shadow Of Vulgarityp. 203
Revues: Spectacular and Intimatep. 208
Musical Comedy/Musical Farce Comedyp. 222
Jazz-Age "Jazz"p. 228
Broadway Songbookp. 241
The Gershwinsp. 250
Cole Porterp. 263
Rodgers and Hartp. 275
The Script Anglep. 289
A Musical Playp. 293
Oklahomal; The Musical Playp. 300
Literate Musical Comedyp. 312
Musical Theater: The New Artp. 329
Rodgers and Hammersteinp. 334
Lerner and Loewep. 348
Harnick and Bockp. 357
Opera, In Our Own Wayp. 367
Opera on Broadwayp. 374
Broadway Operap. 385
West Side Storyp. 397
The Great American Showshopp. 409
The Abbott Touchp. 419
Harburg's Circlep. 425
A Loesser Orbitp. 433
Comden and Green-and Stynep. 445
Toward The New Millennium
Away From Broadwayp. 459
Early Alternative Musicalsp. 465
The Off Broadway Renaissancep. 480
Farther "Off" and Coming Backp. 497
The Metaphor Angelp. 515
Cabaret and the Concept Musicalp. 522
Prince, Sondheirn & Cop. 531
Sondheim After Princep. 543
A Dancing Placep. 557
The Ballet-Directors: De Mille and Robbinsp. 564
The Hoofer-Directors: Champion and Fossep. 573
A Chorus Line and Afterp. 585
Distancing Effectsp. 601
Rice, Lloyd Webber, and Rock Operap. 607
Mackintosh and the Megamusicalp. 617
Disney and the Movicalp. 629
Another Broadway ...Another Showp. 643
Revivalsp. 645
Antimusicalsp. 656
Sondheim's Childrenp. 668
Notesp. 687
Works Citedp. 745
Selected Historical Discographyp. 783
Creditsp. 737
Indexp. 795
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