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Broadway Musicals A Hundred Year History by David H. Lewis

Broadway Musicals A Hundred Year History


Broadway Musicals A Hundred Year History by David H. Lewis

This is a survey of Broadway musicals all through the 20th century, from the Tin Pan Alley-driven comedy works of the early part of the century, to the integrated musical plays that flourished in the heyday years of midcentury, and to the rock era, concept musicals, and the arrival of British playwrights and musicals late in the century. Some of the theater world's leading composers, writers, and directors are profiled, and the book considers some of the most unforgettable shows (but not forgetting the forgettable ones), illustrates the fragility of the libretto, explains the compensating nature of production elements, and examines shows from every decade. An extensive discography offers a brief critique of over 300 show cast albums.


this is a compelling and engrossing book --Stage Directions Magazine; straightforward, well-researched history --Theatre Topics; highly recommended --Broadside; A fun, informative and necessary read for any lover of Broadway...immensely enjoyable --Bud Wilkinson Host, Broadway's Biggest Hits.

About the Author

David H. Lewis has written articles for Variety, The Christian Science Monitor, and Skate, among others, and is currently at work on the book and lyrics for a new musical comedy. He lives in California.

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Publication date

30th November 2002


David H. Lewis

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McFarland & Co Inc


258 pages


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