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The American Musical: History & Development traces the origins of music theatre from its 18th century European roots to the present. Highlights include:

  • exploration of the minstrel show, burlesque and the revue.
  • documentation of true music comedy the Princess Musicals of Jerome Kearn and P.G. Woodhouse leading to the masterpiece of American music drama, Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat.
  • Cole Porter, the Gershwin Brothers, Rodgers and Hart.
  • Oklahoma, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
  • Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Weber.
  • An Appendix - Broadway on Film.
  • Full Glossary.
  • Bibliography and Index

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