Enchanted Evenings

Enchanted Evenings : The Broadway Musical from "Show Boat" to Sondheim

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The classic musicals of Broadway can provide enchanted evenings, but while many can hum the music and even recount the plot from memory, we are often much less knowledgeable about how these great shows were put together. What was the inspiration for Rodgers and Hart's "Pal Joey", or Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel"? Why is Maria's impassioned final speech in "West Side Story" spoken, rather than sung? In this volume, the author offers theatre lovers a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the best loved, most admired and most enduring musicals of Broadway's golden era. Readers will find studies of such favourites as "Show Boat", "Anything Goes", "Porgy and Bess", "Carousel", "Kiss Me, Kate", "Guys and Dolls", "The Most Happy Fella", "My Fair Lady", and "West Side Story". Block provides a documentary history of 14 musicals in all - plus an epilogue exploring the plays of Stephen Sondheim - showing how each work took shape and revealing, production by production, how the American musical evolved from the 1920s to the early 1960s and beyond.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 431 pages
  • 168.9 x 243.6 x 38.1mm | 846g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 15 halftones, 8 line drawings, 56 musical examples
  • 0195107918
  • 9780195107913

About Geoffrey Holden Block

About the Author: Geoffrey Block is Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound School of Music, in Tacoma, Washington. He has published widely on the Broadway musical and is also the author of three books on Charles Ives.show more

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