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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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The Shows

The Shows

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(p.403) The Shows
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Show Tunes
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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0041

Since the 1920s, a core group of composers—from Kern and Berlin, to Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers; from Styne and Sondheim, to Kander, Flaherty, and Guettel—has been responsible for the vast majority of America’s great musicals. This chapter presents notable shows by other composers which merit discussion. Some were enormous hits and are included for that reason only; others were written by popular or interesting composers who never found Broadway success; and a handful are included simply due to the high quality of the work.

Keywords:   composers, Broadway musicals, musical theater, show tunes, Broadway success

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