The Musical: A Concise History
The musical is an endless source of fascination and enjoyment for audiences around the world -- and now is brought to life in this beautifully illustrated volume. A valuable companion for anyone who loves the musical, this engaging, informative work tells the dazzling story of the international musical stage from The Beggar's Opera to Sunset Boulevard.
Highlighting especially those shows that have entertained "most of the people most of the time, in most places where musical theater is played," Kurt Ganzl surveys the mainstream productions of the four principal areas that have been the most effective purveyors of hit musicals to the world's stages throughout the years -- France, Britain, America, and Austria/Hungary/Germany. In a lively and witty narrative that sweeps away some favorite preconceptions and historical distortions, Ganzl brings together the multiple strands of languages, genres, and styles in various eras and areas to provide an entertaining and instructive overview of musical theater history in all its glorious diversity.
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In the world of musical theater, everyone has an opinion, although few have expressed theirs as cogently and sharply as Flinn, author of the excellent What They Did for Love (LJ 6/15/89). The 26 ... Read full review