American musical comedy: from Adonis to Dreamgirls

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Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1982 - Music - 244 pages
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A companion volume to American Operetta, this book traces the historical development of that quintessential American art form, the musical comedy. Full of fascinating details and telling insights, it also includes the long-lost text of the 1884 hit Adonis, the first musical comedy to run over500 performances on Broadway.

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Contents

Beginnings
3
The Great Burlesques
20
FarceComedy and Edward Harrigan
32
Copyright

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Gerald Bordman is the author of many books, including American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle, Jerome Kern: His Life and Music, and Days to be Happy, Years to be Sad: The Life and Music of Vincent Youmans.

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