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The Light in the Piazza

by Craig Lucas & Adam Guettel

A bittersweet new Broadway musical by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel.


The Musical Theater of Stephen Schwartz: From Godspell to Wicked and Beyond

by Paul R. Laird

This book is a detailed consideration of the various projects composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz has worked on throughout his career. Paul R. Laird discusses in length Schwartz’s major shows, including Godspell,...


The (Post) Mistress

by Tomson Highway

First new play in six years from Canada's most famous First Nations playwright. This latest play is a riveting musical.


The New Broadway Song Companion: An Annotated Guide to Musical Theatre Literature by Voice Type and Song Style

by David P. DeVenney

This volume presents a comprehensive listing of the musical numbers from over 300 Broadway shows. Each song is annotated with the name of the character who sings it, the voice type, the exact vocal range, and...


West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical

by Elizabeth A. Wells

West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical presents a major scholarly study of the famous American musical West Side Story, viewing the work from cultural, historical, and musical perspectives....


The Broadway Musical: A Critical and Musical Survey

by Joseph P. Swain

This new edition of Swain's classic award-winning text reveals how a musical drama achieves plot movement, character development and conflict through strategic placement of music in twenty impressive productions....


The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations

by Dominic McHugh

Hollywood's conversion to sound in the 1920s created an early peak in the film musical, following the immense success of The Jazz Singer. The opportunity to synchronize moving pictures with a soundtrack suited...


Musical Theater in Schools

by Rekha S. Rajan

Musical Theater in Schools: Purpose, Process, and Performance is a comprehensive resource for general classroom teachers, music and drama educators. The book is the first of its kind to provide strategies for...


Identities and Audiences in the Musical

by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris & Stacy Wolf

Issues of identity have always been central to the American musical in all its guises. Who appears in musicals, who or what they are meant to represent, and how, over time, those representations have been understood...


Media and Performance in the Musical

by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris & Stacy Wolf

For the past several years, the American musical has continued to thrive by reflecting and shaping cultural values and social norms, and even commenting on politics, whether directly and on a national scale...


Histories of the Musical

by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris & Stacy Wolf

The American musical is a paradox. On stage or screen, musicals at once hold a dominant and a contested place in the worlds of entertainment, art, and scholarship. Born from a mélange of performance forms that...


Broadway to Main Street

by Laurence Maslon

The music of Broadway is one of America's most unique and popular calling cards. In Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America, author Laurence Maslon tells the story of how the most beloved songs...


Wonderful Design

by Lloyd Whitesell

As one of the most beloved and beguiling genres of entertainment, the film musical wears its style ostentatiously. The genre allows for hyperbolic expression, extravagant sonic and visual decor, and extremely...


That Was Entertainment

by Bernard F. Dick

That Was Entertainment: The Golden Age of the MGM Musical traces the development of the MGM musical from The Broadway Melody (1929) through its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s and its decline in the 1960s, culminating...


The Irving Berlin Reader

by Benjamin Sears

Without any formal training in music composition, Irving Berlin took a knack for music and turned it into the most successful songwriting career in American history. Berlin was the first Tin Pan Alley songwriter...


The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity

by Raymond Knapp

The American musical has long provided an important vehicle through which writers, performers, and audiences reimagine who they are and how they might best interact with the world around them. Musicals are especially...


Corporate Zebras

by Kevin Loftus

While on a safari in Africa, the story's main character realizes that zebras have become invisible to their main adversary, the lion, through the benefit of an evolutionary process that has produced their striped-skin...


Under the Grandstand

by Jim Lyons

Those who have lived not just witnessed - the efflorescence of a pivotal culture moment never see the world through veiled eyes again. Jimmy Lyons was there, devising wholly original inventions of words and...


Something Wonderful

by Todd S. Purdum

A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century

They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the...


The Complete Book of 1930s Broadway Musicals

by Dan Dietz

Strike Up the Band, Of Thee I Sing, and Let ’Em Eat Cake). The decade also saw the last musicals by Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Vincent Youmans; found Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in full flower; and introduced...