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The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (Cambridge Companions to Music)

The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (Cambridge Companions to Music)

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: 3, 9/21/2017
EAN 9781107535299, ISBN10: 1107535298

Paperback, 502 pages, 24.6 x 17.4 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

The expanded and updated third edition of this acclaimed Companion provides an accessible, broadly based survey of one of the liveliest and most popular forms of musical performance. It ranges from the American musical of the nineteenth century to the most recent productions on Broadway, in London's West End, and many other venues, and includes key information on singers, audiences, critical reception, and traditions. Contributors approach the subject from a wide variety of perspectives, including historical concerns, artistic aspects, important trends, attention to various genres, the importance of stars, the influence of race, the various disciplines of theatrical production, the musical in varied media, and changes in technology. Chapters related to the contemporary musical have been updated, and two new chapters cover the television musical and the British musical since 1970. Carefully organised and highly readable, it will be welcomed by enthusiasts, students, and scholars alike.

1. How to create a musical
the case of Wicked Paul R. Laird
Part I. Adaptations and Transformations
before 1940
2. American musical theatre before the twentieth century Katherine K. Preston
3. Non-English-language musical theatre in the United States John Koegel
4. Birth pangs, growing pains, and sibling rivalry
musical theatre in New York, 1900–20 Orly Leah Krasner
5. American and British operetta in the 1920s
romance, nostalgia, and adventure William A. Everett
6. Images of African Americans
African-American musical theatre, Show Boat and Porgy and Bess John Graziano
7. The melody (and the words) linger on
American musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s Geoffrey Block
Part II. Maturations and Formulations
1940–70
8. 'We said we wouldn't look back'
British musical theatre, 1935–69 John Snelson
9. The coming of the musical play
Rodgers and Hammerstein Ann Sears
10. The successors of Rodgers and Hammerstein from the 1940s to the 1960s Thomas L. Riis and Ann Sears
11. Musical sophistication on Broadway
Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein Bruce D. Mcclung and Paul R. Laird
Part III. Evolutions and Integrations
after 1970
12. Stephen Sondheim and the musical of the outsider Jim Lovensheimer
13. Choreographers, directors, and the fully integrated musical Paul R. Laird
14. From Hair to Rent and beyond
has 'rock' ever been a four-letter word on Broadway? Scott Warfield
15. The megamusical
the creation, internationalisation, and impact of a genre Paul Prece and William A. Everett
16. 'In this England, in these times'
redefining the British musical since 1970 Miranda Lundskaer-Nielsen
17. 'Tonight I will bewitch the world'
the European musical Judith Sebesta and Laura MacDonald
18. New horizons
the musical at the dawn of the twenty-first century Bud Coleman
Part IV. Legacies and Transformations
19. Why do they start to sing and dance all of a sudden? Examining the film musical Graham Wood
20. Revisiting classic musicals
revivals, films, television, and recordings Jessica Sternfeld
21. Big dreams on the small screen
the television musical Mary Jo Lodge.