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Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers

ISBN : 9780195314076

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¥10,934
Author: 
Steven Suskin
Pages
624 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
187 x 259 mm
Pub date
Apr 2010
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Show Tunes fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theatre, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Legendary composers like Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Bernstein, and Sondheim have been joined by more recent songwriters like Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Flaherty, Michael John LaChiusa, and Adam Guettel. This majestic reference book covers their work, their innovations, their successes, and their failures. Show Tunes is simply the most comprehensive volume of its kind ever produced, and this newly revised and updated edition discusses almost 1,000 shows and 9,000 show tunes. The book has been called "a concise skeleton key to the Broadway musical" (Variety) and "a ground-breaking reference work with a difference" (Show Music)-or, as the Washington Post observed, "It makes you sing and dance all over your memory." The eagerly anticipated Fourth Edition, updated through May, 2009, features the entire theatrical output of forty of Broadway's leading composers, in addition to a wide selection of work by other songwriters. The listings include essential production data and statistics, the most extensive information available on published and recorded songs, and lively commentary on the shows, songs, and diverse careers. Based on meticulous research, the book also uncovers dozens of lost musicals-including shows that either closed out of town or were never headed for Broadway-and catalogs hundreds of previously unknown songs, including a number of musical gems that have been misplaced, cut, or forgotten. Informative, insightful, and provocative, Show Tunes is an essential guide for anyone interested in the American musical.

Index: 

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
PART 1
Composers of the Early Years
INTRODUCTION
Jerome Kern
Irving Berlin
George Gershwin
Vincent Youmans
Richard Rodgers
Cole Porter
Arthur Schwartz
Harold Arlen
Vernon Duke
Burton Lane
Kurt Weill
Marc Blitzstein
Harold Rome
PART 2
New Composers of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s
INTRODUCTION
Hugh Martin
Leonard Bernstein
Frederick Loewe
Jule Styne
Frank Loesser
Richard Adler
Jerry Bock
Bob Merrill
Meredith Willson
Stephen Sondheim
Charles Strouse
Harvey Schmidt
Cy Coleman
Jerry Herman
John Kander
Mitch Leigh
PART 3
New Composers of the 1970s and Beyond
INTRODUCTION
Stephen Schwartz
Larry Grossman
Marvin Hamlisch
Alan Menken
William Finn
Maury Yeston
Stephen Flaherty
Michael John LaChiusa
Jason Robert Brown
Adam Guettel
PART 4
INTRODUCTION
Notable Shows by Other Composers
APPENDIX 1
Chronological Listing of Productions
APPENDIX 2
Bibliography
SONG TITLE INDEX
SHOW INDEX
PEOPLE INDEX

About the author: 

Steven Suskin is the author of The Sound of Broadway Music: a Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations [OUP, February 2009], Second Act Trouble, the Opening Night on Broadway series and a half-dozen other books about the Broadway musical. He has also written hundreds of columns and reviews for Playbill, Variety and other publications. He began his theatrical career as a teenaged assistant at the David Merrick office, followed by twenty-five years as a manager and producer.

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