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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
|Introduction: Before The Curtain||p. 1|
|Out Of The Nineteenth Century|
|Transition Stages||p. 19|
|The Astor Place Riot||p. 27|
|Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Musical||p. 35|
|The Black Crook||p. 42|
|Variety Stages||p. 53|
|From Minstrelsy to Vaudeville||p. 56|
|Harrigan and Hart||p. 68|
|Weber and Fields||p. 77|
|Williams and Walker||p. 85|
|A Transatlantic Muse||p. 95|
|Operetta: The Golden Age||p. 98|
|Light Opera in America||p. 105|
|American Light Opera||p. 116|
|Into The Twentieth Century|
|The Native Wit||p. 131|
|Cohan and Times Square||p. 137|
|Berlin and Tin Pan Alley||p. 144|
|Bolton-Wodehouse-Kern: The Princess Theater||p. 159|
|The Cult OfRomance||p. 169|
|Operetta: The Silver Age||p. 174|
|Romberg and Friml||p. 180|
|Show Boat||p. 192|
|A Shadow Of Vulgarity||p. 203|
|Revues: Spectacular and Intimate||p. 208|
|Musical Comedy/Musical Farce Comedy||p. 222|
|Jazz-Age "Jazz"||p. 228|
|Broadway Songbook||p. 241|
|The Gershwins||p. 250|
|Cole Porter||p. 263|
|Rodgers and Hart||p. 275|
|The Script Angle||p. 289|
|A Musical Play||p. 293|
|Oklahomal; The Musical Play||p. 300|
|Literate Musical Comedy||p. 312|
|Musical Theater: The New Art||p. 329|
|Rodgers and Hammerstein||p. 334|
|Lerner and Loewe||p. 348|
|Harnick and Bock||p. 357|
|Opera, In Our Own Way||p. 367|
|Opera on Broadway||p. 374|
|Broadway Opera||p. 385|
|West Side Story||p. 397|
|The Great American Showshop||p. 409|
|The Abbott Touch||p. 419|
|Harburg's Circle||p. 425|
|A Loesser Orbit||p. 433|
|Comden and Green-and Styne||p. 445|
|Toward The New Millennium|
|Away From Broadway||p. 459|
|Early Alternative Musicals||p. 465|
|The Off Broadway Renaissance||p. 480|
|Farther "Off" and Coming Back||p. 497|
|The Metaphor Angel||p. 515|
|Cabaret and the Concept Musical||p. 522|
|Prince, Sondheirn & Co||p. 531|
|Sondheim After Prince||p. 543|
|A Dancing Place||p. 557|
|The Ballet-Directors: De Mille and Robbins||p. 564|
|The Hoofer-Directors: Champion and Fosse||p. 573|
|A Chorus Line and After||p. 585|
|Distancing Effects||p. 601|
|Rice, Lloyd Webber, and Rock Opera||p. 607|
|Mackintosh and the Megamusical||p. 617|
|Disney and the Movical||p. 629|
|Another Broadway ...Another Show||p. 643|
|Sondheim's Children||p. 668|
|Works Cited||p. 745|
|Selected Historical Discography||p. 783|
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