Musical Comedy in America

Musical Comedy in America
Author: Cecil Michener Smith,Cecil Smith,Glenn Litton
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 367
Release: 1981
ISBN: 9780878305643
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Comedy in America Book Excerpt:

A study of the people and plays of America's popular theater from 1864 to 1950

Musical Comedy in America

Musical Comedy in America
Author: Cecil A. Smith,Glenn Litton
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2013-10-28
ISBN: 1136556753
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Comedy in America Book Excerpt:

First Published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Celebrated Comedians of Light Opera and Musical Comedy in America

Celebrated Comedians of Light Opera and Musical Comedy in America
Author: Lewis Clinton Strang
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 293
Release: 1901
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Actors
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Major Trends in Contemporary American Musical Comedy

Major Trends in Contemporary American Musical Comedy
Author: Elaine Freeman Davis
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 280
Release: 1949
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Musicals
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Role of the Choreographer in the American Musical Comedy

The Role of the Choreographer in the American Musical Comedy
Author: Eileen Denise Conder
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 174
Release: 1961
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Choreographers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Musical Comedy on the West End Stage 1890 1939

Musical Comedy on the West End Stage  1890   1939
Author: L. Platt
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 207
Release: 2004-03-09
ISBN: 0230512682
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Musical Comedy on the West End Stage 1890 1939 Book Excerpt:

This book offers the first full historical treatment of a music theatre that was once at the centre of London's West End. From the late Victorian period to the early 1920s, musical comedy was the single most popular form of 'legitimate' theatre entertainment. This lively account establishes musical comedy as one of the first industrial cultures and offers fascinating insights into how it functioned ideologically as a celebrated embracing of the modern condition.

The American Song Book

The American Song Book
Author: Laurie J. Patterson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2015-12-10
ISBN: 0199391882
Category: Popular music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The American Song Book Book Excerpt:

The American Song Book, Volume I: The Tin Pan Alley Era is the first in a projected five-volume series of books that will reprint original sheet music, including covers, of songs that constitute the enduring standards of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, and other lyricists and composers of what has been called the "Golden Age" of American popular music. These songs have done what popular songs are not supposed to do-stayed popular. They have been reinterpreted year after year, generation after generation, by jazz artists such as Charlie Parker and Art Tatum, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra began recording albums of these standards and was soon followed by such singers as Tony Bennet, Doris Day, Willie Nelson, and Linda Ronstadt. In more recent years, these songs have been reinterpreted by Rod Stewart, Harry Connick, Jr., Carly Simon, Lady GaGa, K.D. Laing, Paul McCartney, and, most recently, Bob Dylan. As such, these songs constitute the closest thing America has to a repertory of enduring classical music. In addition to reprinting the sheet music for these classic songs, authors Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson place these songs in historical context with essays about the sheet-music publishing industry known as Tin Pan Alley, the emergence of American musical comedy on Broadway, and the "talkie" revolution that made possible the Hollywood musical. The authors also provide biographical sketches of songwriters, performers, and impresarios such as Florenz Ziegfeld. In addition, they analyze the lyrical and musical artistry of each song and relate anecdotes, sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant, about how the songs were created. The American Songbook is a book that can be read for enjoyment on its own or be propped on the piano to be played and sung.

Popular Music in America The Beat Goes On

Popular Music in America  The Beat Goes On
Author: Michael Campbell
Publsiher: Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2018-01-01
ISBN: 1337671967
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Popular Music in America The Beat Goes On Book Excerpt:

Michael Campbell’s bestselling POPULAR MUSIC IN AMERICA remains the industry standard in breadth of coverage, readability and musical focus. Students follow the evolution of popular music from the mid-19th century to the present with discussions of connections, contrasts and patterns of influence among artists, styles and eras. The new fifth edition offers an in-depth section on 21st century music, helping instructors to connect to their students through a modern lens. Units are clearly defined by style and timeframe, and chapters feature narrowly focused objectives. This edition features a vibrant, richly illustrated, magazine-like design that appeals to visually oriented readers. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Enchanted Evenings

Enchanted Evenings
Author: Geoffrey Block
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2009-10-30
ISBN: 9780199741502
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Enchanted Evenings Book Excerpt:

This new second edition of Enchanted Evenings offers theater lovers an illuminating behind-the-scenes tour of some of America's best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals. Readers will find such all-time favorites as Show Boat, Carousel, Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Phantom of the Opera. Geoffrey Block provides a documentary history of each of the musicals, showing how each work took shape and revealing, at the same time, how the American musical evolved from the 1920s to today, both on stage and on screen. The book's particular focus is on the music, offering a wealth of detail about how librettist, lyricist, composer, and director work together to shape the piece. Block also includes trenchant social commentary and lively backstage anecdotes. Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, Kurt Weill, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Frank Loesser, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and other luminaries emerge as hardworking craftsmen under enormous pressure to sell tickets without compromising their dramatic vision. The second edition includes a greatly expanded chapter on Sondheim, a new chapter on Lloyd Webber, and two new chapters on the film adaptations of the main musicals featured in the text (including such hard to find films as the original 1936 version of Anything Goes and the 1959 film adaptation of Porgy and Bess). Packed with information, including a complete discography and plot synopses and song-by-song scenic outlines for each of the fourteen shows, Enchanted Evenings is an essential reference as well as a riveting history. "A solid and fascinating work that should become a model of how to investigate and report on the evolution of a musical. Block's research is persuasive and his writing vivid. . . Indispensable for anyone who cares to know more about Broadway musicals than Playbill can provide." --Steven Bach, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical
Author: Thomas S. Hischak
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 923
Release: 2008-06-02
ISBN: 0195335333
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical Book Excerpt:

A reference that covers American stage, film, and television musicals from 1860 to 2007 offers information on the musical productions and the historical evolution of the musical, as well as on performers, composers, and producers.

America s Musical Stage

America s Musical Stage
Author: Julian Mates
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 252
Release: 1987
ISBN: 0275927148
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

America s Musical Stage Book Excerpt:

[This book is] a comprehensive illustrated history of the U.S. musical from its colonial origins to the present, tracing the connections and influences of the minstrel show, operetta, burlesque, melodrama, revues, circus, dance, musical comedy, the Broadway opera, the book musical and other forms. . . . Further, Mates introduces readers to inside stuff--the various types of musical performers. "Variety" American musical theatre has developed as an idigenous art form, with a long history, amazing vitality, and a variety of expression. Julian Mates is the first to show the musical stage in all its guises--from burlesque to musical comedy to grand opera--from its beginning in pre-Revolutionary America to the present day. In addition, this book is the first to explore the relationships between the various forms of musical theatre.

Musical Comedy in America

Musical Comedy in America
Author: Cecil Smith
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1981
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Revues
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Theater and Film

Theater and Film
Author: Robert Knopf
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2008-10-01
ISBN: 9780300128703
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theater and Film Book Excerpt:

This is the first book in more than twenty-five years to examine the complex historical, cultural, and aesthetic relationship between theater and film, and the effect that each has had on the other’s development.Robert Knopf here assembles essays from performers, directors, writers, and critics that illuminate this ongoing inquiry. The book is divided into five parts—historical influence, comparisons and contrasts, writing, directing, and acting—with interludes by major artists whose work and words have shaped the development of theater and film. A comprehensive bibliography and filmography support further work in this area.The book contains contributions from Susan Sontag, Stanley Kauffmann, Sarah Bey-Cheng, Bertolt Brecht, Ingmar Bergman, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Julia Taymor, Judi Dench, Sam Waterston, Orson Welles, Antonin Artaud, and Milos Forman, among others.

Music and Culture in America 1861 1918

Music and Culture in America  1861 1918
Author: Michael Saffle
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 398
Release: 2014-04-08
ISBN: 1135597944
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music and Culture in America 1861 1918 Book Excerpt:

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Yodeling and Meaning in American Music

Yodeling and Meaning in American Music
Author: Timothy E. Wise
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-10-28
ISBN: 1496805836
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Yodeling and Meaning in American Music Book Excerpt:

Timothy E. Wise presents the first book to focus specifically on the musical content of yodeling in our culture. He shows that yodeling serves an aesthetic function in musical texts. A series of chronological chapters analyzes this musical tradition from its earliest appearances in Europe to its incorporation into a range of American genres and beyond. Wise posits the reasons for yodeling's changing status in our music. How and why was yodeling introduced into professional music making in the first place? What purposes has it served in musical texts? Why was it expunged from classical music? Why did it attach to some popular music genres and not others? Why does yodeling now appear principally at the margins of mainstream tastes? To answer such questions, Wise applies the perspectives of critical musicology, semiotics, and cultural studies to the changing semantic associations of yodeling in an unexplored repertoire stretching from Beethoven to Zappa. This volume marks the first musicological and ideological analysis of this prominent but largely ignored feature of American musical life. Maintaining high scholarly standards but keeping the general reader in mind, the author examines yodeling in relation to ongoing cultural debates about singing, music as art, social class, and gender. Chapters devote attention to yodeling in nineteenth-century classical music, the nineteenth-century Alpine-themed song in America, the Americanization of the yodel, Jimmie Rodgers, and cowboy yodeling, among other topics.

The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre

The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre
Author: Corinne J. Naden
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2011-02-01
ISBN: 0810877341
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre Book Excerpt:

The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre provides synopses, cast and production credits, song titles, and other pertinent information for over 180 musicals from Oklahoma! to On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Concentrating on a 22-year span, this book lists both commercial successes and flops of the Golden Age-when the musicals presented on Broadway showcased timeless, memorable tunes, sophisticated comedy, and the genius of creative artists like Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, George Abbott, Moss Hart, Angela Lansbury, Robert Preston, and many others.

The World of Musical Comedy

The World of Musical Comedy
Author: Stanley Green
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 397
Release: 1962
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Composers
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The World of Musical Comedy Book Excerpt:

The Cambridge History of American Theatre

The Cambridge History of American Theatre
Author: Don B. Wilmeth,Christopher Bigsby
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 608
Release: 1998
ISBN: 9780521651790
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge History of American Theatre Book Excerpt:

The second volume of a three-volume history covering all aspects of American theatre.

Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical
Author: Robert L. McLaughlin
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2016-08-11
ISBN: 1496808568
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical Book Excerpt:

From West Side Story in 1957 to Road Show in 2008, the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and his collaborators have challenged the conventions of American musical theater and expanded the possibilities of what musical plays can do, how they work, and what they mean. Sondheim's brilliant array of work, including such musicals as Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods, has established him as the preeminent composer/lyricist of his, if not all, time. Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical places Sondheim's work in two contexts: the exhaustion of the musical play and the postmodernism that, by the 1960s, deeply influenced all the American arts. Sondheim's musicals are central to the transition from the Rodgers and Hammerstein-style musical that had dominated Broadway stages for twenty years to a new postmodern musical. This new style reclaimed many of the self-aware, performative techniques of the 1930s musical comedy to develop its themes of the breakdown of narrative knowledge and the fragmentation of identity. In his most recent work, Sondheim, who was famously mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II, stretches toward a twenty-first-century musical that seeks to break out of the self-referring web of language. Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical offers close readings of all of Sondheim's musicals and finds in them critiques of the operation of power, questioning of conventional systems of knowledge, and explorations of contemporary identity.

The A to Z of the Broadway Musical

The A to Z of the Broadway Musical
Author: William A. Everett,Paul R. Laird
Publsiher: Scarecrow Press
Total Pages: 460
Release: 2009-09-17
ISBN: 9780810870444
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The A to Z of the Broadway Musical Book Excerpt:

The Broadway musical has greatly influenced American (and world) culture. Such shows as Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun are as 'American as apple pie,' while the long runs of imports like Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Les MisZrables have broken records. Broadway has produced such cultural icons as Ethel Merman, Yul Brynner, and Julie Andrews, and composers and lyricists such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and many others have had their melodies sung on its stages. Visionaries like George Abbott, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, and Susan Stroman have brought productions to life through their innovative direction and choreography. Since the latter part of the 19th century, the Broadway musical has remained one of the most popular genres in entertainment and its history is related in detail in The A to Z of the Broadway Musical. Through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and 900 dictionary entries on Broadway shows, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, and actors, this handy desk reference offers quick information on the many aspects of the Broadway musical.