The American Musical: A Literary Study Within the Context of American Drama and American Theater with References to Selected American Musicals by Richard Ro[d]gers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and James Lapine

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Tectum Verlag DE, 2003 - American drama - 175 pages
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Although almost neglected in research and studies on American Literature, the American Musical is certainly the most interesting and the most popular genre of American theater and drama. It has been influenced by the necessities of a self-funding commercial theater system of a democratic country. The fact that it has developed in a country of democracy means that it should be a genre for everyone: the intellectual and the common man. Broadway has provided all these. In his study, Marc Bauch analyzes three American Musicals, namely South Pacific (1949) by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, West Side Story (1957) by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim as well as Sunday in the Park with George (1984) by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Special attention is paid to the themes and topics, the literary means and the dramatic dodges of the aforementioned American Musicals. The three analyses are extended with historical overviews of the American Musical. Marc Bauch is also the author of Themes and Topics of the American Musical after World War II (2001) also published by Tectum Verlag.
 

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Contents

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
15
Restoration
124
THE AMERICAN MUSICAL IN THE 1990S
151
AN OUTLINE CHRONOLOGY OF
159
BIBLIOGRAPHY
167
BY THE SAME AUTHOR
175
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