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Description - The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical by Mark N. Grant

Many of today's Broadway shows, from Rent to The Lion King, have become commercial hits, but do they have the cultural importance or the dramatic and musical artistry of such enduring productions as Oklahoma!, Show Boat, or Kiss Me, Kate? Mark N. Grant traces the transformation of singing and melody, libretto and lyric writing, dance rhythms, sound design, and choreography and stage direction through three distinct eras: the formative period (1866-1927), the golden age (1927-1966), and the fall (1967 to the present). He explores how and why the unsophisticated genre of pre-1927 musical comedy evolved into the creative, innovative, and immensely popular theatre produced by the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein and then steadily faded as a significant entertainment genre in American culture, giving rise to the"McMusicals" of today. This provocative, sometimes irreverent work offers a refreshing perspective on the history of American musical theatre and provides strong views on restoring the genre to its former greatness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781555536428
ISBN-10: 1555536425
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 380
Imprint: Northeastern University Press
Publisher: Northeastern University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark N. Grant

MARK N. GRANT is a composer and writer. His concert music and theater pieces have been performed in the United States and Europe. He is the author of Maestros of the Pen: A History of Classical Music Criticism in America, winner of the ASCAP - Deems Taylor Award. He lives in New York City.