Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals

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The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals. By Dan Dietz. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 514 p. $125 (ISBN: 978-1-4422-7800-4). E-book available (ISBN: 978-1-4422-7801-1), call for pricing.

The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals is arranged by year and lists each Broadway musical chronologically. The introduction states that the purpose of the work is to "provide a convenient reference source that gives both technical information (such as cast and song lists) and commentary (including obscure details that personalize both familiar and forgotten musicals" (xi). As in Dietz's other volumes in this series, the reader comes for the technical information, but stays for the commentary.

Each of the 213 musicals and revues that opened between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2009, is given a full workup: cast information, a list of musical numbers, a general sense of how the work was received, and a roundup of reviews, all sprinkled with trivia. At its best, The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals puts in one place the facts about a decade's worth of musical theatre. Details about other shows the cast has been in and the history of revivals' previous runs truly adds to the disconnected experience of merely reading about the multisensory experience that is a Broadway musical. The commentary is mostly helpful but sometimes crosses into mean-spirited territory, occasionally about the audience. …

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