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3 v. : ill. ; 29 cm.
  • v. 1. 1750-1912
  • v. 2. 1912-1952
  • v. 3. 1952-2001.
The first reference of its kind, this three-volume work presents basic production data on more than 3000 musicals from the 1860s through 1997. Organized first by year and then by season, the entries contain every piece of information from the "playbills" or opening night programs of Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, operettas, revues, and other works-from cast and crew to songs, set designers, composers, lyricists, and more. The volumes include detailed indexes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195088885 20160528
Music Library
xix, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
From the New York Times, a compilation of the most unforgettable Broadway and off-Broadway moments of the last hundred years. Readers can experience the night a star was born, a director's brilliant debut, a play that broke new ground, a musical that redefined the genre, and even a terrible play that ran for years. This entertaining, essential volume for anyone who loves Broadway includes a full introduction by Ben Brantley, his selection of 25 of the best Broadway plays, and his choice of 100 other unforgettable plays of the 20th century - right up through plays currently running on Broadway. The best 25 are accompanied by art, pull-out stats, and quotes from leading critics. Each of the best 100 includes the full, original New York times review by critics of the day, such as Frank Rich, Brooks Atkinson, Walter Kerr and others. Cast boxes, lavish photos and statistics about the productions complete this authoritative volume about timeless Broadway theatre.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312284114 20160527
Green Library
xxv, 593 p. : ill., map, music ; 24 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
  • pt. 1. Musical theater in Little Germany, 1840-1918 : an imported European tradition. Early struggles, operatic beginnings, and the development of the German theater in New York City, 1840-1872
  • Musical farce and folk play at the Germania Theater, 1872-1883
  • Ethnic spaces : theatrical entertainments in German beer gardens and concert halls
  • An orgy of operetta : the Thalia and Amberg theaters, 1879-1893
  • Drama on a higher plane : the Irving Place Theater, 1893-1918
  • pt. 2. Entr'acte : German American performers and characterizations. German American performers
  • The "Dutch" act : German American theatrical and literary representations
  • pt. 3. Adolf Philipp and the German American immigrant musical. Philipp's Germania Theater musical comedies, 1893-1902
  • The German American musical abroad : Philipp in Berlin, 1903-1907
  • From klein Deutschland to Broadway : Philipp's works, 1907-1914
  • Divided loyalties : World War I and its aftermath
  • Conclusion: The decline of the German American stage in the 1920s and 1930s.
Nineteenth-century New York was, after Berlin and Vienna, the third largest German-populated city in the world. German-language musical plays and light operas held an important niche in the lives of German immigrants and their families. John Koegel's "Music in German Immigrant Theater: New York City, 1840-1940", tells, for the first time, the engrossing story of these theater works, and the many musical numbers from them that became popular as separate songs. Koegel documents performances, in German, of plays by Shakespeare and Goethe and operas by Offenbach, Verdi, and Johann Strauss. And he draws long-needed attention to German-American musical comedies written, beginning in the 1890s, by ethnic parodist Adolf Philipp. As their titles suggest - "Der Corner Grocer aus der Avenue A" and "Der Pawnbroker von der Eastside" - these musicals related directly to the daily experiences of the immigrant population. "Music in German Immigrant Theater" is enriched by copious photographs, sheet-music title pages, and musical examples, as well as numerous sets of song lyrics - some uproarious, others touching - in German and in English translation. The accompanying CD includes recordings of many of the songs discussed in the book. John Koegel is professor of musicology at California State University, Fullerton.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781580462150 20160604
Music Library
367 pages, 1 unnumbered page : illustrations, some of which are in color ; 31 cm
  • The early years
  • The Depression
  • War and post-war
  • The fifties
  • The sixties and seventies
  • The eighties and nineties
  • A new century.
It has been said that the New York Times theatre critics can make or break a show. Over the last century its six leading critics; Brooks Atkinson, Howard Taubman, Clive Barnes, Walter Kerr, Frank Rich, and Ben Brantley, have offered the most authoritative and influential commentary on musical theatre and documented our love affair with the Broadway musical. This extensive compendium includes the original reviews from the 150 most important musicals, selected by chief theatre critic Ben Brantley and accompanied by archival photographs from the productions and select feature coverage. Organized chronologically, the book begins in the early 1900s, when Gilbert and Sullivan and the Zeigfield Follies laid the groundwork for the flowering of the musical. Traveling into the golden age of theatre, we see divas rise on the stage; Ethel Merman, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, as well as legendary directors, lyricists, and choreographers; Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Bob Fosse and Sondheim and Prince, to name a few. Iconic shows that have seen celebrated revivals will include expanded sections to track the show's evolution over time, as in the seminal role of Rose in Gypsy, which has been played by such luminaries as Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peter and Patti Lupone. New York Times critic Ben Brantley gives context to the treasure trove of reviews through a thoughtful introduction and essays that guide the reader through each decade, along with some commentary on seminal shows.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781419703379 20160610
Music Library
167 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Chap. 1. How did they ever think of this?
  • Chap. 2. How to make a puppet come to life
  • Chap. 3. A is for Actors
  • Chap. 4. The script of Avenue Q
  • Chap. 5. How a small show got big.
Music Library
xvi, 232 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Green Library
ix, 230 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
  • Acknowledgements.- Introduction: A Wonderful Town?.- 1. Urban Space and the Origins of the Musical.- 2. The Neighbourhood Musical.- 3. The Nostalgia Musical.- 4. Fabulous Invalids: Broadway and Times Square.- 5. A New Way of Living: Postwar Musicals and the New New York.- Epilogue: Death or Metamorphosis?.- Appendix.- Notes.- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137569363 20170117
In examining the relationship between the spectacular, iconic and vibrant New York of the musical and the off-screen history and geography of the real city-this book explores how the city shaped the genre and equally how the genre shaped representations of the city. Shearer argues that while the musical was for many years a prime vehicle for the idealization of urban density, the transformation New York underwent after World War II constituted a major challenge to its representation. Including analysis of 42nd Street, Swing Time, Cover Girl, On the Town, The Band Wagon, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and many other classic and little-known musicals-this book is an innovative study of the relationship between cinema and urban space.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137569363 20170117
Music Library
vii, 636 p. ; 29 cm.
New York City's Broadway district is by far the most prestigious and lucrative venue for American performers, playwrights, entertainers, and technicians. While there are many reference works and critical studies of selected Broadway plays or musicals and even more works about the highlights of the American theater, this is the first single-volume book to cover all of the activities on Broadway between 1919 and 2007.More than 14,000 productions are briefly described, including hundreds of plays, musicals, revivals, and specialty programs that have been performed on the Great White Way. Entries include famous and forgotten works, designed to give a complete picture of Broadway's history and development, its evolution since the early twentieth century, and its rise to unparalleled prominence in the world of American theater. More than just raw data, the productions are identified in terms of plot, cast, personnel, critical reaction, and significance in the history of New York theater and culture. In addition to a chronological list of all Broadway productions between 1919 and 2007, the book also includes approximately 600 important productions performed on Broadway before 1919.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780786434480 20160528
Green Library
xvii, 1141 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Music Library
xiv, 288 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
xxiv, 309 p. : ill., facsims., music, ports. ; 24 cm.
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176 p. : ill. ; 31 cm.
Green Library


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