Stage It with Music: An Encyclopedic Guide to the American Musical Theatre

Stage It with Music: An Encyclopedic Guide to the American Musical Theatre

Stage It with Music: An Encyclopedic Guide to the American Musical Theatre

Stage It with Music: An Encyclopedic Guide to the American Musical Theatre

Synopsis

A one-stop source for information on the American musical theatre, Stage It with Music packs an astonishing quantity of facts as well as insights and anecdotes into a convenient A-Z dictionary format. Coverage extends from the genre's nineteenth century beginnings to the present. Included are entries on over 300 individual shows, musical series, performers, composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, designers, music directors, orchestrators, choreographers, producers, producing companies and other theatrical institutions, as well as related topics and genres. Thoroughly indexed, the volume also includes a chronology of musical shows and a bibliography. As fascinating as its subject, Stage It with Music will lure the student or researcher into delightful and rewarding browsing.

Excerpt

Whether one is studying the history and literature of the American musical theatre or one just enjoys Broadway musical shows, there are many books available filled with historical, critical, pictorial and even gossipy information. What has not existed for some time is a single-volume work that covers in encyclopedic form the subject of the American musical. This guide hopes to present general information as well as interesting details, raw data as much as subjective commentary, important concepts regarding musical theatre but also attempts to explain what makes Broadway musicals so terrific.

While many surveys or histories of the American musical tend to emphasize the composer, I have tried to give considerable attention to the other creative forces as well. In addition to the three hundred-some individual musical shows described, there are entries on directors, choreographers, producers, music directors, orchestrators, scenic-costume-lighting designers, actors, librettists, lyricists and, oh yes, composers. And, because the information could not be easily included in the above, there are separate entries for various musical genres, theatre organizations, subjects relating to the musical theatre and famous musical series. (See list of Subjects, Genres, and Musical Series following this Preface.)

Trying to be as comprehensive as any one-volume book can practically be, the decision has been made to include as many entries as possible and to not attempt to list every musical credit for every artist. For the same reason, not all the songs or actors are mentioned under each title listing. American works and artists are emphasized over foreign ones, but entries for British performers . . .

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