Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 346 pages
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The glorious tradition of the Broadway musical from Irving Berlin to Jerome Kern and Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. And then . . . Cats and Les Miz. Mark Steyn's Broadway Babies Say Goodnight is a sharp-eyed view of the whole span of Broadway musical history, seven decades of brilliant achievements the best of which are among the finest works American artists have made. Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Gypsy, and more. In an energetic blend of musical history, analysis, and backstage chat, Mark Steyn shows us the genius behind the 'simple' musical, and asks hard questions about the British invasion of Broadway and the future of the form. In this delicious book he gives us geniuses and monsters, hits and atomic bombs, and the wonderful stories that prove show business is a business which -- as the song goes --there's no business like.
 

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

I found the style enjoyable, but the subject matter, while familiar with some of the Broadway shows, but ignorant of most, a bit hard to digest. It is also hard to objectify something which is by nature subjective. Read full review

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User Review  - KatKealy - LibraryThing

I found a couple parts of this book interesting, but mostly the author annoyed me. He seemed to dislike some things about theatre just because one is supposed to (Andrew Llyod Webber, etc.) and jumped ... Read full review

Contents

The Fix
3
Act One II
11
The Opnin
13
The Show
22
The Music
29
The Lyrics
45
The Book
62
The Jews
74
The Brits
163
The Line
178
The Fags
196
The Rock
213
The Jokes
228
The Star
241
The Flops 254
254
The Depilators
262

The Cues
88
The Takehome Tune
104
The Property
117
The Genius 1 28
128
The Real World
149
Act Two
161
The Maximalist
273
The Future
287
The Survivor
307
Bibliography
324
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About the author (1999)

Mark Steyn is a columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph and Canada's National Post. He is theatre critic of The New Criterion, North American correspondent of The Spectator, and also contributes to The Wall Street Journal and The American Spectator. A Canadian citizen, he lives in New Hampshire and Québec.

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