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Anything GoesA History of American Musical Theatre$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.001.0001

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The Witch of the Wood and the Bamboo Tree

The Witch of the Wood and the Bamboo Tree

(p.51) Chapter 4 The Witch of the Wood and the Bamboo Tree
Anything Goes

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the musicals of the first two decades of the twentieth century, when musical forms were both consolidating and evolving. Musicals were either romantic or satiric, but the two extremes borrowed from each other so casually that at times it became difficult to tell comic opera from musical comedy. Sometimes even the manager—or, as he was often called now, the producer—did not know which of the two forms he was producing.

Keywords:   musical theater, musicals, musical forms, romance, satire, musical comedy, comic opera

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