Harry B. Smith

Harry B. Smith : Dean of American Librettists

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Harry B. Smith was the most prolific writer of librettos for the American musical theatre in history, with nearly half of his 300 works actually opening in New York City. In addition, Smith was instrumental in adapting and popularizing foreign musicals in America, significantly influencing writing and composing styles of American shows. He worked with every major composer in America between 1880 and 1920, and consequently this examination of his work and process is highly instructive of the history of the American musical.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 580g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 colour illustrations
  • 1138992119
  • 9781138992115

About John Franceschina

John Franceschina is professor of theatre history at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Sisters of Gore, Gore on Stage, Homosexualities in the English Theatre from Lyly to Wilde, Duke Ellington's Music for the Theatre, a three-volume translation of the Plays of the Marquis de Sade, and David Braham: The American Offenbach.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. From Buffalo to Burlesque 2. From Burlesque to Broadway 3. "Come to Sherwood; Join our jolly crew" 4. "Am I a Wiz?" 5. "I'd Like to Have a Photograph of That" 6. "If I'd only Had a Theatre on Broadway" 7. Follies of the Year 8. German Imports 9. Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin 10. "Harry-B-Smithing" 11. "A Long Walk Uphill Against the Wind" Appendix Indexshow more