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Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Geoffrey Block

Abstract

What was the inspiration for Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey, or Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel? Why is Marias impassioned final speech in West Side Story spoken, rather than sung? This book offers an illuminating behind-the-scenes tour of some of the best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals of Broadways Golden Era. The book provides studies of such all-time favorites as Show Boat, Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Carousel, Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story. This book provides a documentary history of fourteen musicals in all—plus ... More

Keywords: musicals, Broadway, Stephen Sondheim, music, musical composition, backstage, production, composition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167306
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Block, author
University of Puget Sound, Washington

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Overture

Act I Before Rodgers and Hammerstein

Act II The Broadway Musical After Oklahoma!