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The Resource Anything goes : a history of American musical theatre, Ethan Mordden

Anything goes : a history of American musical theatre, Ethan Mordden

Label
Anything goes : a history of American musical theatre
Title
Anything goes
Title remainder
a history of American musical theatre
Statement of responsibility
Ethan Mordden
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Anything Goes stages a grand revue of the musical from the 1700s through to the present day, narrated in Mordden's famously witty, scholarly, and conversational style. He peers with us over Stephen Sondheim's shoulder as he composes at the piano. He places us in a bare rehearsal room as the cast of Oklahoma! changes history by psychoanalyzing the plot in the greatest of the musical's many Dream Ballets. And he gives us tickets for orchestra seats on opening night-raising the curtain on the pleasures of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill and the thrill of Porgy and Bess. Mordden examines the music, of course, but also more neglected elements. Dance was once considered as crucial as song; he follows it from the nineteenth century's zany hoofing to tap "combinations" of the 1920s, from the injection of ballet and modern dance in the 1930s and '40s to the innovations of Bob Fosse. He also explores the changing structure of musical comedy and operetta, and the evolution of the role of the star. Fred Stone, the avuncular Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, seldom varied his acting from part to part; but the versatile Ethel Merman turned the headlining role inside out in Gypsy, playing a character who was selfish, fierce, and destructive
Summary
Anything Goes stages a grand revue of the musical from the 1920s through the 1970s, narrated in Mordden's famously witty, scholarly, and conversational style
Writing style
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10218898
Cataloging source
DLC
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1947-
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Mordden, Ethan
Dewey number
782.1/40973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • discographies
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True
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  • Musicals
  • Musicals
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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a history of American musical theatre
Label
Anything goes : a history of American musical theatre, Ethan Mordden
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, discography and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The first age. Source material ; The age of burlesque ; At the turn of the century -- The second age. The witch of the wood and the bamboo tree ; Victor Herbert ; The new music ; The variety show -- The third age. The structure of twenties musical comedy ; The structure of twenties operetta ; Dancing in the dark ; Blue monday blues ; The Rodgers and Hammerstein handbook ; Something to dance about ; After West side story ; The Sondheim handbook -- The fourth age. Devolutions ; That is the state of the art
Control code
1094150
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 346 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780190227937
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013000208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022670960
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780190227937
  • (OCoLC)859187334
Label
Anything goes : a history of American musical theatre, Ethan Mordden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, discography and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The first age. Source material ; The age of burlesque ; At the turn of the century -- The second age. The witch of the wood and the bamboo tree ; Victor Herbert ; The new music ; The variety show -- The third age. The structure of twenties musical comedy ; The structure of twenties operetta ; Dancing in the dark ; Blue monday blues ; The Rodgers and Hammerstein handbook ; Something to dance about ; After West side story ; The Sondheim handbook -- The fourth age. Devolutions ; That is the state of the art
Control code
1094150
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 346 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780190227937
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013000208
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022670960
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780190227937
  • (OCoLC)859187334

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