American musical comedy: from Adonis to Dreamgirls

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Oxford University Press, Sep 16, 1982 - History - 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 over 500 performances on Broadway: p. 201-230.

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Contents

Beginnings
3
The Great Burlesques
20
Gaiety
48
Copyright

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About the Author:
Gerald Bordman is the author of many books, including American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle, Jerome Kern: His Life and Music, Days To Be Happy, Years To Be Sad: The Life and Music of Vincent Youmans, and the trilogy comprising American Operetta, American Musical Comedy, and American Musical Revue.

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