Baker & Taylor
Presents the history of Broadway musicals, examining their cultural context and historical significance, from the Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849 through the golden age of "Show Boat" and "Oklahoma!" to modern-day "Rent."
The definitive history of the Broadway musical: the shows, the stars, the movers, and the shakers.
Showtime brings the history of Broadway musicals to life in a narrative as engaging as the subject itself. Beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849, Larry Stempel traces the growth of musicals from minstrel shows and burlesques, through the golden age of Show Boat and Oklahoma!, to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent.Stempel describes the Broadway stage with vivid accounts of the performers drawn to it, and detailed portraits of the creators who wrote the music, lyrics, and stories for its shows, both beloved and less well known. But Stempel travels outside the theater doors as well, to illuminate the wider world of musical theater as a living genre shaped by the forces of American history and culture. He reveals not only how musicals entertain their audiences but also how they serve as barometers of social concerns and bearers of cultural values.Showtime is the culmination of decades of painstaking research on a genre whose forms have changed over the course of two centuries. In covering the expansive subject before him, Stempel combines original research—including a kaleidoscope of primary sources and archival holdings—with deft and insightful analysis. The result is nothing short of the most comprehensive, authoritative history of the Broadway musical yet published.
Stempel (music, Fordham U., New York) surveys the history of Broadway musicals, "the theatre which speaks, sings, and dances," from their traditional roots to postmodern forms. His extensively-referenced history covers several stages: the transition period from musical revues and vaudeville, importation of the operetta from Europe, 20th century classics with songbooks from Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, and the current era of revivals and 'anti-musicals' which originated off-Broadway (e.g., Jelly's Last Jam, Falsettos). Chapter headings list cover shows by year, Broadway run, producer, director, cast, notable songs, etc. Illustrations include show stills, playbills, promotional posters, theater interiors, and music for lyrics. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Showtime brings the history of Broadway musicals to life in a narrative as engaging as the subject itself--beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849 to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent.
Presents the history of Broadway musicals over the past 150 years, examining their cultural context and historical significance, from the Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849 through the golden age of Show Boat and Oklahoma! and modern-day Rent.