This provides insights into the many impressive musicals to hit the stage between the years of 1927 and 1987, illuminating how specific revisions to productions such as Showboat and, Oklahoma! forever changed their popularity. Learn how music is used as a symbol for psychological or emotional action from Shakespearean drama's such as Kiss Me, Kate and West Side Story, to more current dramas including Godspell, A Chorus Line, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Replete with a never seen before essay on Les Misérables, this edition also includes an expanded epilogue highlighting the phenomena behind Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera, "megamusicals" that changed the direction of the Broadway tradition.
For professors of dramatic arts and people interested in Broadway musicals, theater, popular music and opera.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Preface to the First Edition
Chapter 2 Preface to the Second Edition
Chapter 3 1 Introduction
Chapter 4 2 First Maturity
Chapter 5 3 America's Folk Opera
Chapter 6 4 Second Maturity
Chapter 7 5 Morality Play as Musical
Chapter 8 6 Shakespeare as Musical
Chapter 9 7 The Pure Love Story
Chapter 10 8 Myth as Musical
Chapter 11 9 Tragedy as Musical
Chapter 12 10 The Ethnic Musical
Chapter 13 11 Religious Experience as Musical
Chapter 14 12 History as Musical
Chapter 15 13 Frame Story as Musical
Chapter 16 14 Thriller as Musical
Chapter 17 15 Epic as Musical
Chapter 18 16 Epilogue
Chapter 19 Endnotes
Chapter 20 Index
Chapter 21 About the Author
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Swain's study should convince even the skeptic that the musical can be seriously and usefully analysed...an essential book for those concerned with drama, song, and popular arts....Swain has not only advanced the critical analysis of the Broadway musical,but has developed techniques that will enable the great composers of musicals to be given appropriate critical recognition....