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The Cambridge Companion to the Musical

3rd Edition


Part of Cambridge Companions to Music

Paul R. Laird, Katherine K. Preston, John Koegel, Orly Leah Krasner, William A. Everett, John Graziano, Geoffrey Block, John Snelson, Ann Sears, Thomas L. Riis, Bruce D. Mcclung, Jim Lovensheimer, Scott Warfield, Paul Prece, Miranda Lundskaer-Nielsen, Judith Sebesta, Laura MacDonald, Bud Coleman, Graham Wood, Jessica Sternfeld, Mary Jo Lodge
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  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107114746

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  • 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.

    • Considers the musical from a variety of perspectives - historical, important trends, genres, creators and race - so that readers will receive a multidimensional understanding of the musical
    • Includes coverage of Broadway and the West End, in addition to European musicals, and musical films and television, helping readers to understand the multinational nature of the genre and its expression in other media
    • The book's broad appeal, written for non-music specialists, means that all readers will find the work accessible
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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107114746
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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:
    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.

  • Editors

    William A. Everett, University of Missouri, Kansas City
    William A. Everett is Curators' Distinguished Professor of Musicology at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance. He teaches courses in American musical theatre, nineteenth-century music, and medieval music. His books include Sigmund Romberg (2007), Rudolf Friml (2008), and Music for the People: A History of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, 1933–82 (2016). With Paul R. Laird, he is the co-author of the Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical (2008, 2nd edition 2015), and was co-commissioning editor for musical theatre for The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (2013).

    Paul R. Laird, University of Kansas
    Paul R. Laird is Professor at the University of Kansas School of Music. He has published widely on musical theatre and presented papers in the US, Canada, and the UK. His books include Wicked: A Musical Biography (2011), The Musical Theatre of Stephen Schwartz (2014), Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Research (2002, 2nd edition, with Hsun Lin, 2015), and Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms (2010).


    Paul R. Laird, Katherine K. Preston, John Koegel, Orly Leah Krasner, William A. Everett, John Graziano, Geoffrey Block, John Snelson, Ann Sears, Thomas L. Riis, Bruce D. Mcclung, Jim Lovensheimer, Scott Warfield, Paul Prece, Miranda Lundskaer-Nielsen, Judith Sebesta, Laura MacDonald, Bud Coleman, Graham Wood, Jessica Sternfeld, Mary Jo Lodge

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