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Broadway Babies Say Goodnight

Broadway Babies Say Goodnight Author Mark Steyn
ISBN-10 9781136685088
Release 2014-07-10
Pages 352
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The glorious tradition of the Broadway musical from Irving Berlin to Jerome Kern and Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. And then . . . Cats and Les Miz. Mark Steyn's Broadway Babies Say Goodnight is a sharp-eyed view of the whole span of Broadway musical history, seven decades of brilliant achievements the best of which are among the finest works American artists have made. Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Gypsy, and more. In an energetic blend of musical history, analysis, and backstage chat, Mark Steyn shows us the genius behind the 'simple' musical, and asks hard questions about the British invasion of Broadway and the future of the form. In this delicious book he gives us geniuses and monsters, hits and atomic bombs, and the wonderful stories that prove show business is a business which -- as the song goes --there's no business like.


Musicals Author Mark Steyn
ISBN-10 0434741108
Release 1999-01
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Musicals has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Musicals also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Musicals book for free.

Changed for Good

Changed for Good Author Stacy Wolf
ISBN-10 9780199831234
Release 2011-07-07
Pages 320
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From Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" to Nina in "In the Heights" and Elphaba in "Wicked," female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre - performers, creators, and characters -- from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. Moving from decade to decade, Wolf first highlights the assumptions that circulated about gender and sexuality at the time. She then looks at the leading musicals to stress the key aspects of the plays as they relate to women, and often finds overlooked moments of empowerment for female audience members. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon--"West Side Story," "Cabaret," "A Chorus Line," "Phantom of the Opera," and many others--with special emphasis on the blockbuster "Wicked." Along the way, Wolf demonstrates how the musical since the mid-1940s has actually been dominated by women--women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.

The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical

The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical Author Robert Gordon
ISBN-10 9780199988747
Release 2016-12-19
Pages 712
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The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical provides a comprehensive academic survey of British musical theatre offering both a historical account of the musical's development from 1728 and a range of in-depth critical analyses of the unique forms and features of British musicals, which explore the aesthetic values and sociocultural meanings of a tradition that initially gave rise to the American musical and later challenged its modern pre-eminence. After a consideration of how John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728) created a prototype for eighteenth-century ballad opera, the book focuses on the use of song in early nineteenth century theatre, followed by a sociocultural analysis of the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan; it then examines Edwardian and interwar musical comedies and revues as well as the impact of Rodgers and Hammerstein on the West End, before analysing the new forms of the postwar British musical from The Boy Friend (1953) to Oliver! (1960). One section of the book examines the contributions of key twentieth century figures including Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Joan Littlewood and producer Cameron Macintosh, while a number of essays discuss both mainstream and alternative musicals of the 1960s and 1970s and the influence of the pop industry on the creation of concept recordings such as Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) and Les Miserables (1980). There is a consideration of "jukebox" musicals such as Mamma Mia! (1999), while essays on overtly political shows such as Billy Elliot (2005) are complemented by those on experimental musicals like Jerry Springer: the Opera (2003) and London Road (2011) and on the burgeoning of Black and Asian British musicals in both the West End and subsidized venues. The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical demonstrates not only the unique qualities of British musical theatre but also the vitality and variety of British musicals today. "

The Cambridge Companion to the Musical

The Cambridge Companion to the Musical Author William A. Everett
ISBN-10 9780521862387
Release 2008-05-22
Pages 412
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Revised and updated edition of this popular Companion, containing five completely new chapters.

Climate Change

Climate Change Author Alan Moran
ISBN-10 0909536007
Release 2014-12-15
Pages 336
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Loverly Author Dominic McHugh
ISBN-10 9780199968145
Release 2012-06-08
Pages 288
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Few musicals have had the impact of Lerner and Loewe's timeless classic My Fair Lady. Sitting in the middle of an era dominated by such seminal figures as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, and Leonard Bernstein, My Fair Lady not only enjoyed critical success similar to that of its rivals but also had by far the longest run of a Broadway musical up to that time. From 1956 to 1962, its original production played without a break for 2,717 performances, and the show went on to be adapted into one of the most successful movie musicals of all time in 1964, when it won eight Academy Awards. Internationally, the show also broke records in London, and the original production toured to Russia at the height of the Cold War in an attempt to build goodwill. It remains a staple of the musical theater canon today, an oft-staged show in national, regional, and high school theaters across the country. Using previously-unpublished documents, author Dominic McHugh presents a completely new, behind-the-scenes look at the five-year creation of the show, revealing the tensions and complex relationships that went into its making. McHugh charts the show from the aftermath of the premiere of Shaw's Pygmalion and the playwright's persistent refusal to allow it to be made into a musical, through to the quarrel that led lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe to part ways halfway through writing the show, up to opening night and through to the present. This book is the first to shed light on the many behind-the-scenes creative discussions that took place from casting decisions all the way through the final months of frantic preparation leading to the premiere in March 1956. McHugh also traces sketches for the show, looking particularly at the lines cut during the rehearsal and tryout periods, to demonstrate how Lerner evolved the relationship between Higgins and Eliza in such a way as to maintain the delicate balance of ambiguity that characterizes their association in the published script. He looks too at the movie version, and how the cast album and subsequent revivals have influenced the way in which the show has been received. Overall, this book explores why My Fair Lady continues to resonate with audiences worldwide more than fifty years after its premiere.


Oliver Author Marc Napolitano
ISBN-10 9780190207304
Release 2014-09-12
Pages 304
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When the show was first produced in 1960, at a time when transatlantic musical theatre was dominated by American productions, Oliver! already stood out for its overt Englishness. But in writing Oliver!, librettist and composer Lionel Bart had to reconcile the Englishness of his Dickensian source with the American qualities of the integrated book musical. To do so, he turned to the musical traditions that had defined his upbringing: English music hall, Cockney street singing, and East End Yiddish theatre. This book reconstructs the complicated biography of Bart's play, from its early inception as a pop musical inspired by a marketable image, through its evolution into a sincere Dickensian adaptation that would push English musical theatre to new dramatic heights. The book also addresses Oliver!'s phenomenal reception in its homeland, where audiences responded to the musical's Englishness with a nationalistic fervor. The musical, which has more than fulfilled its promise as one of the most popular English musicals of all time, remains one of the country's most significant shows. Author Marc Napolitano shows how Oliver!'s popularity has ultimately exerted a significant influence on two separate cultural trends. Firstly, Bart's adaptation forever impacted the culture text of Dickens's Oliver Twist; to this day, the general perception of the story and the innumerable allusions to the novel in popular media are colored heavily by the sights, scenes, sounds, and songs from the musical, and virtually every major adaptation of from the 1970s on has responded to Bart's work in some way. Secondly, Oliver! helped to move the English musical forward by establishing a post-war English musical tradition that would eventually pave the way for the global dominance of the West End musical in the 1980s. As such, Napolitano's book promises to be an important book for students and scholars in musical theatre studies as well as to general readers interested in the megamusical.

Close up on Sunset Boulevard

Close up on Sunset Boulevard Author Sam Staggs
ISBN-10 9781466830462
Release 2003-02-04
Pages 320
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Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, a classic film noir and also a damning dissection of the Hollywood dream factory, evokes the glamour and ruin of the stars who subsist on that dream. It's also one long in-joke about the movie industry and those who made it great-and who were, in turn, destroyed by it. One of the most critically admired films of the twentieth century, Sunset Boulevard is also famous as silent star Gloria Swanson's comeback picture. Close-Up On Sunset Boulevard tells the story of this extravagant work, from the writing, casting and filming to the disastrous previews that made Paramount consider shelving it. It's about the writing team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett-sardonically called "the happiest couple in Hollywood"-and their raucous professional relationship. It's about the art direction and the sets, the costumes, the props, the lights and the cameras, and the personalities who used those tools to create a cinematic work of art. Staggs goes behind the scenes to reveal: William Holden, endlessly attacked by his bitter wife and already drinking too much; Nancy Olson, the cheerful ingenue who had never heard of the great Gloria Swanson; the dark genius Erich von Stroheim; the once famous but long-forgotten "Waxworks"; and of course Swanson herself, who-just like Norma Desmond-had once been "the greatest star of them all." But the story of Sunset Boulevard doesn't end with the movie's success and acclaim at its release in l950. There's much more, and Staggs layers this stylish book with fascinating detail, following the actors and Wilder into their post-Sunset careers and revealing Gloria Swanson's never-ending struggle to free herself from the clutches of Norma Desmond. Close-Up On Sunset Boulevard also chronicles the making of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical production of Sunset Boulevard and the explosive diva controversies that dogged it. The book ends with a shocking example of Hollywood life imitating Hollywood art. By the last page of this rich narrative, readers will conclude: We are those "wonderful people out there in the dark."

Mark Steyn s Passing Parade

Mark Steyn s Passing Parade Author Mark Steyn
ISBN-10 0973157011
Release 2006-11
Pages 326
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Mark Steyn s Passing Parade has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Mark Steyn s Passing Parade also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Mark Steyn s Passing Parade book for free.

Mark Steyn s American Songbook

Mark Steyn s American Songbook Author Mark Steyn
ISBN-10 0973157038
Release 2008-02
Pages 114
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Steyn celebrates one of his favorite lyricists Dorothy Fields; one of his favorite composers, Jule Styne; and one of his favorite songs, "I've got you under my skin" .

Lights Out

Lights Out Author Mark Steyn
ISBN-10 0973157054
Release 2009
Pages 322
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Includes the author's Maclean's columns which provoked lawsuits from the Canadian Islamic Congress, as well as other essays in response to the legal action.

The Street where I Live

The Street where I Live Author Alan Jay Lerner
ISBN-10 0306806029
Release 1978
Pages 333
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A personal history that describes My fair lady, Camelot, and Gigi along with great American musical theatre and people: Moss Hart, Fritz Loewe, Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Cecil Beaton, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Caron, Vincent Minelli, Arthur Freed, and many more. It is about how these people worked together to conceive, finance, write, produce, stage and present these brilliant shows.

The Sondheim Review

The Sondheim Review Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015057476825
Release 1998
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Who Sang what on Broadway 1866 1996 The singers L Z

Who Sang what on Broadway  1866 1996  The singers  L Z Author Ruth Benjamin
ISBN-10 0786421908
Release 2006
Pages 492
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"This compendium lists alphabetically every performer who sang on Broadway in the role of a named character. Covering the period of 1866 to 1996, it is a guide to performances by the well known and the obscure, the career stage performers as well as the o

Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity Author Carol De Giere
ISBN-10 1557837457
Release 2008
Pages 535
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When twenty-three-year-old Stephen Schwartz wrote the score for Godspell in 1971, he launched a legendary career in musical theater and film that included the blockbuster Broadway hits Pippin, The Magic Show, and Wicked. The Academy Award-winning songwriter also wrote lyrics for three Disney movies (Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Enchanted), as well as songs for the DreamWorks feature The Prince of Egypt. For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from eighty hours of interviews with the songwriter, as well as from interviews with his colleagues. Defying Gravity delves into the challenging collaboration issues and decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops. It includes many never-before-told stories, a series of "Creativity Notes" with insight about artistic life, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations.

The Literary Review

The Literary Review Author
ISBN-10 UCR:31210013163652
Release 1998
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The Literary Review has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Literary Review also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Literary Review book for free.