A Chronology of American Musical Theater (Hardback)

Richard C Norton

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Language: English . Brand New Book. The first reference of its kind, this three-volume work presents basic production data on more than 3000 musicals from the 1860s through 1997. Organized first by year and then by season, the entries contain every piece of information from the playbills or opening night programs of Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, operettas, revues, and other works-from cast and crew to songs, set designers, composers, lyricists, and more. The volumes include detailed indexes. N° de réf. du libraire

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Synopsis : With an introductory chapter discussing the very earliest productions--The Beggar's Opera (1750), The Archers (1796), Tom and Jerry (1823), and The Bohemian Girl (1844)--A Chronology of American Musical Theater offers in-depth coverage of Broadway musicals from 1850-2001. The book's entries span more than 5,000 shows, including not only "book musicals" but also revivals, revues, burlesques, operettas, farce comedies, comic operas, ice skating shows, rock operas, and other musical spectacles that appeared on Broadway stages.
Drawing on primary documents--playbills, newspaper reviews, advertisements, and articles--Richard C. Norton has assembled a wealth of information in an easy-to-use format. All productions appear in chronological order by season in the first two volumes and are indexed alphabetically in volume three, allowing readers to quickly locate shows by either date or title, with variant titles also included. Entries contain the full cast, including chorus and dance ensemble (when known), composers, lyricists, book writers, choreographers, set designers, costumers, lighting designers, directors, and producers, followed by details of acts and scenes, and a comprehensive list of songs, sketches, dances, and specialties. The opening paragraph of each entry also contains information which does not appear in programs, such as opening and closing dates, change of venue, return engagements, and number of performances. In addition to the title index, complete song and principal performer indexes are also included, as well as a selected index of personal names of creators and secondary performers. No other resource--print or electronic--offers as many musicals as the Chronology of American Musical Theater.
For anyone wishing to trace the history of a Broadway musical, or to research any aspect of this vital popular art, this three-volume set is the best, and in many instances, the only place to start.

From Booklist: Designed as a companion to Gerald Bordman's American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle (3d ed., Oxford, 2000), this hefty set reproduces the program information for every musical, operetta, or other musical play that opened in a major New York City theater from January 1850 through May 2001. In addition, it includes selective coverage of productions from the previous 100 years, thus providing an impressive chronological record of 4,978 musicals (including revivals) produced on Broadway from 1750 to the end of the 2000-2001 season.

Norton devoted seven years to researching and preparing this compilation, relying on actual theater programs from opening nights or opening weeks, supplemented with information gleaned from Variety, Billboard, the New York Times, and other publications. Arranged by the date each musical opened, the entries provide extensive credits and cast lists, act and scene settings, the beginning and ending dates of the production's run, the total number of performances, and any changes of venue or return engagements. Most entries also include an act-by-act list of songs and other musical numbers and the performers for each. Meticulous footnotes give sources of information for material not found in the programs and additional details, such as revisions or added songs. Preceding the section for each theater season is a black-and-white photograph of a scene from one of the featured musicals. Volume 3 includes indexes to show titles, songs, and selected individuals.

In his lengthy preface, Norton provides useful historical background and detailed explanations regarding his criteria for inclusion. His interpretation of "musical theater" is quite broad, encompassing almost any entertainment with musical components, such as revues, burlesques, comic operas, and dance dramas. However, his geographical range is more confined, limited to those New York City venues generally considered to be within the Broadway theater district. As he himself regretfully notes, his exclusion of off-Broadway productions means that The Fantasticks does not appear in this set.

Although there is considerable overlap between this work and Ken Bloom's two-volume American Song: The Complete Musical Theatre Companion, 1877-1995 (2d ed., Schirmer, 1996), each compilation includes productions that are not in the other. While Bloom's work covers slightly fewer shows (4,863), it encompasses not just Broadway but off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway musicals as well as regional theater and original television productions. On the other hand, Norton's chronology covers many Broadway shows not in Bloom's work, and it also provides more extensive information for each musical. By far the most comprehensive and scholarly chronology of Broadway musicals available, A Chronology of American Musical Theater makes a substantial contribution to the history of musical theater in the U.S., and it is highly recommended for larger public, academic, and research libraries. RBB
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Titre : A Chronology of American Musical Theater (...
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Date d'édition : 2002
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Description du livre Oxford University Press, New York, 2002. Decorative Cloth. État : Fine. First Edition. Three volume set complete. The gorgeous illustrations in this season-by-season chronology of every musical comedy, operetta, comic opera, burlesque, and revue performed on a major New York City stage from 1851 through May 2001 might be enticement enough to acquire this set. Entries for more than 3,000 plays include details such as the full cast, crew, production staff, venues, number of performances, creative personnel, and songs, which are listed as they occur within acts when this information is known. Three indexes cover song titles, show names, and names of principal players and famous chorus members. Leaving appraisal and plot summaries to other classic references, these volumes are the most in-depth documentary source on the New York musical stage available, with a chapter that carries the timeline for selected plays back to 1750.'--'The Best of the Best Reference Sources,' American Libraries, May 2003. Contents: v. 1. 1750-1912 -- v. 2. 1912-1952 -- v. 3. 1952-2001. May require extra postage Size: Oversize. N° de réf. du libraire 294668

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