Musical Theatre in America: Papers and Proceedings of the Conference on the Musical Theatre in America

Musical Theatre in America: Papers and Proceedings of the Conference on the Musical Theatre in America

Musical Theatre in America: Papers and Proceedings of the Conference on the Musical Theatre in America

Musical Theatre in America: Papers and Proceedings of the Conference on the Musical Theatre in America

Synopsis

"A notable addition to the literature on the American musical and especially its history, this collection of essays and edited panel discussions is diverse and rich in its scope.... Based on the combined efforts of theater and dance specialists, musicologists, librarians and archivists, and professional musical theater practitioners, this volume attempts to cover aspects of the American musical from its 18th-century beginnings to the synthesizing of the contemporary musical as a work of art. In between there are sections on the musical in the 19th century, 20th-century variety and revue formats, the book musical of this century, dance in the musical, and various methods of preserving the musical theater heritage....highly recommended for most libraries, especially those with performance arts collections." - Choice

Excerpt

In its note of welcome in the official program for the Musical Theatre in America Conference, the organizing committee explained the genesis of the 1981 conference thus: "Following the success of the 1977 Conference on the History of American Popular Entertainment, the American Society for Theatre Research and the Theatre Library Association now join with The Sonneck Society in further exploration of America's theatrical heritage. This conference on Musical Theatre in America concentrates on the major role the lyric stage has played in our theatrical tradition. By examining the development of the form from the eighteenth century to the present and by studying the various genres and influences which have been instrumental in shaping that form, we hope to increase the understanding of why and how the musical has become such a vital force in our culture. In this endeavor we have brought together theatre and dance specialists, musicologists, librarians, performers, and other theatre practitioners. Through their collective presentations, we will gain an overview of the American musical stage and sample its richness."

It is therefore only fitting that acknowledgements first be made to all the conference participants who made the event such a success: those who planned and moderated panels, those who delivered papers, those who shared their expertise and judgments in panel discussions, as well as those in the audience whose careful attention and thoughtful questions stimulated the panelists. Nor should the dedication of the conference committee, which spent many hours in planning meetings, be overlooked. The generous cooperation of the officers and boards of the three sponsoring organizations is also deserving of thanks.

The conference itself would not have been possible without the aid and support of the following: the Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theatre Research, American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Broadcast Music Incorporated, American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers, C. W. Post Center of Long Island University, Lackmann Food . . .

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