All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

ISBN : 9780190651794

Ethan Mordden
272 Pages
164 x 237 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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Author Ethan Mordden tells the full story of Chicago -- a play, a silent film, a talkie remake, a musical, and a movie musical -- to unveil the racy satire inherent in American musical comedy.


1. The City: Unregulated Capitalism
2. The Era: Be Nonchalant... Light a Murad
3. The Play: Like Hell You're Through!
4. The First Movie: Amos Is The Hero
5. The Invention of the Satiric Musical: How Can You Tell An American?
6. The Second Movie: I'm Going To Make A Character Man Of You If You Don't Behave Yourself
7. Fosse & Verdon and Kander & Ebb: You Have To Act Your Dancing
8. The Musical: No Show is Worth Dying For
9. The Revival and the Third Movie: If It Doesn't Fit, You Must Acquit!
For Further Reading
A Selective Discography

About the author: 

Ethan Mordden is a recognized expert on American musical theatre and the author of When Broadway Went to Hollywood, Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre, Make Believe: The Broadway Musical in the 1920s, Beautiful Mornin: The Broadway Musical in the 1940s, Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s and Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide, all published by Oxford University Press. His writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The New Yorker. His numerous books include friendly introductions to opera and film, as well as five collections of short stories chronicling gay life in New York City. He lives in Manhattan.

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