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Ten great musicals of the American theatre / edited, with an introduction and notes on the plays, authors, and composers, by Stanley Richards.

Ten great musicals of the American theatre / edited, with an introduction and notes on the plays, authors, and composers, by Stanley Richards.
  • Radnor, Pennsylvania : Chilton Book Company, [1973]
  • ©1973

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  • Richards, Stanley, 1918-1980
  • Gershwin, George, 1898-1937.
  • Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950.
  • Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988.
  • Porter, Cole, 1891-1964.
  • Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990.
  • Styne, Jule, 1905-1994.
  • Bock, Jerry.
  • Edwards, Sherman.
  • Sondheim, Stephen.
  • Kaufman, George S. (George Simon), 1889-1961.
  • Heyward, DuBose, 1885-1940.
  • Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904-1979.
  • Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986.
  • Spewack, Samuel, 1899-1971.
  • Laurents, Arthur.
  • Stein, Joseph.
  • Stone, Peter, 1930-2003.
  • Furth, George, 1932-2008.
  • Irwin K. Carson Collecton. mus
x, 752 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 22 cm
"Now you can savor the full texts and lyrics of these hit shows, some published here for the first time, others long out of print. Stanley Richards has provided original cast lists, photographs and background information about the shows and their creators. He has placed the evolution of the American musical in perspective. The creators of the musicals in this anthology comprise a Who's Who of Broadway's brightest talents. Of Thee I Sing was the first musical ever to be honored with a Pulitzer Prize. The judges said of the play, "...(it) has a freshness and vitality which are both unusual and admirable..." Leading critic Brooks Atkinson said that 1947's great hit Brigadoon contained "...all of the arts of the theatre... woven into a single pattern of excitement." The following year he hailed Kiss Me, Kate as "...the best musical comedy of the season." In 1957 West Side Story opened to rave notices. One reviewer stated "this was one of those rare occasions when the lyric stage has come graphically forward with a major work dealing vigorously with timely subject matters." Two years later, Gypsy was hailed by dean of the drama critics, Walter Kerr, as "The best damn musical I've seen in years!" Now, once again as the houselights dim, sit back and enjoy Ten Great Musicals of the American Theatre." -- Jacket flap.
Alternative Title
  • Ten great musicals of the American theater
  • Great musicals of the American theatre
  • librettos (documents for music)
  • Librettos
  • Livrets (Musique)
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Of thee I sing / book: George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind; music: George Gershwin; lyrics: Ira Gershwin -- Porgy and Bess / libretto: DuBose Heyward; music: George Gershwin; lyrics: DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin -- One touch of Venus / book: S. J. Perelman and Ogden Nash; music: Kurt Weill; lyrics: Ogden Nash -- Brigadoon / book and lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner; music: Frederick Loewe -- Kiss me, Kate / book: Samuel and Bella Spewack; music and lyrics: Cole Porter -- West side story / book: Arthur Laurents; music: Leonard Bernstein; lyrics: Stephen Sondheim -- Gypsy / book: Arthur Laurents; music: Jule Styne; lyrics: Stephen Sondheim -- Fiddler on the roof / book: Joseph Stein; music: Jerry Bock; lyrics: Sheldon Harnick -- 1776 / book: Peter Stone; music and lyrics: Sherman Edwards -- Company / book: George Furth; music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim.
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  • SCSB-10463133
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