American musical theatre : a chronicle
- Bordman, Gerald Martin.
- 4th ed.
- Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Physical description
- xiv, 1017 p. ; 26 cm.
- Norton, Richard, 1938-
- Foreword -- Prefaces to the Fourth and First Editions -- Prologue: Origins to 1866 -- Act One: Early Successes, 1866-1892 -- Intermission: Further British Influences and New Stirrings, 1892-1902 -- Act Two: The Emergence of American Talent, 1902-1907 -- Intermission: Viennese Operetta and the American Retreat, 1907-1914 -- Act Three: The Birth of the Modern Musical, 1914-1921 -- Intermission: The Cinderella Era, 1921-1924 -- Act Four: The Golden Age of the American Musical, 1924-1937 -- Intermission: Broadway's Response to the Swing Era, 1937-1942 -- Act Five: The American Musical as a Conscious Art Form, 1942-1965 -- Intermission: Exhaustion, 1965-1969 -- Act Six: Full Circle? Return of the Brits, 1969-1995 -- Intermission: Technological Spectacles, Retrospectives, and Revivals, 1995-2000 -- Act Seven: The Twenty-First Century, 2000-2010 -- Epilogue -- Indexes (Shows and Sources, Songs, People).
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publisher's Summary
- Hailed as "absolutely the best reference book on its subject" by Newsweek, American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle covers more than 250 years of musical theatre in the United States, from a 1735 South Carolina production of Flora, or Hob in the Well to The Addams Family in 2010. Authors Gerald Bordman and Richard Norton write an engaging narrative blending history, critical analysis, and lively description to illustrate the transformation of American musical theatre through such incarnations as the ballad opera, revue, Golden Age musical, rock musical, Disney musical, and, with 2010's American Idiot, even the punk musical. The Chronicle is arranged chronologically and is fully indexed according to names of shows, songs, and people involved, for easy searching and browsing. Chapters range from the "Prologue", which traces the origins of American musical theater to 1866, through several "intermissions" (for instance, "Broadway's Response to the Swing Era, 1937-1942") and up to "Act Seven", the theatre of the twenty-first century. This last chapter covers the dramatic changes in musical theatre since the last edition published-whereas Fosse, a choreography-heavy revue, won the 1999 Tony for Best Musical, the 2008 award went to In the Heights, which combines hip-hop, rap, meringue and salsa unlike any musical before it. Other groundbreaking and/or box-office-breaking shows covered for the first time include Avenue Q, The Producers, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Monty Python's Spamalot, Wicked, Hairspray, Urinetown the Musical, and Spring Awakening. Discussion of these shows incorporates plot synopses, names of principal players, descriptions of scenery and costumes, and critical reactions. In addition, short biographies interspersed throughout the text colorfully depict the creative minds that shaped the most influential musicals. Collectively, these elements create the most comprehensive, authoritative history of musical theatre in this country and make this an essential resource for students, scholars, performers, dramaturges, and musical enthusiasts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Gerald Bordman, Richard Norton.
- Includes indexes.