9780306802072

The World of Musical Comedy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780306802072

  • ISBN10:

    0306802074

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1984-03-21
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr
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Summary

Acclaimed through three editions for its uniquely informative and entertaining style, this fourth edition of Stanley Green'sWorld of Musical Comedyupdates and enlarges the theatrical scope to include such recent shows asA Chorus Line, Barnum, They're Playing Our Song, andAnnie. In a format that provides biographies of all the leading figures in the musical's development, Stanley Green manages to convey the spirit of the Broadway stage, its musical make-believe, and yet remain objective about the creative swings in its history and the careers of its individual creators. Everyone is here: Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Frank Loesser, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Marvin Hamlisch, and many othersnot in a quick run-through but in vivid detail accompanied by pertinent interviews and photographs.This latest edition contains an expanded appendix that lists the casts, credits, songs, and recordings of every Broadway musical written by these illustrious and industrious composers and librettists. As always in a Stanley Green book, the research is exhaustive and impeccable, the presentation enjoyable, the judgments fair. From America's foremost theater historian, here is another edition of a classic theater chronicle.

Author Biography

Stanley Green, a lecturer, radio commentator, magazine writer, and editor, has authored Starring Fred Astaire, The World of Musical Comedy, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Story, and Ring Bells! Sing Songs!:Broadway Musicals in the 1930's.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Deems Taylor
Preface xiii
Prologue
1(8)
Victor Herbert
9(12)
George M. Cohan
21(10)
Rudolf Friml, Otto Harbach
31(10)
Sigmund Romberg
41(10)
Jerome Kern
51(16)
Irving Berlin
67(18)
George and Ira Gershwin
85(16)
Vincent Youmans
101(10)
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
111(20)
B. G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
131(12)
Cole Porter
143(18)
Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz, Dorothy Fields
161(12)
E. Y. Harburg, Vernon Duke, Harold Arlen, Burton Lane
173(16)
Harold Rome
189(8)
Kurt Weill
197(12)
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
209(20)
Leonard Bernstein
229(8)
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
237(12)
Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
249(14)
Frank Loesser, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, Meredith Willson
263(16)
Bob Merrill
279(6)
Stephen Sondheim
285(10)
Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
295(10)
Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Martin Charnin
305(8)
Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh, Michael Stewart
313(10)
Jerry Herman
323(8)
John Kander and Fred Ebb
331(8)
Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt; Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion; Galt MacDermot; Burt Bacharach and Hal David
339(16)
Sherman Edwards; Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford; Gary Geld and Peter Udell; Stephen Schwartz
355(10)
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; Charlie Smalls; Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, Carole Bayer Sager; Elizabeth Swados; Carol Hall
365(13)
Appendix 378(86)
Index 464

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