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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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Adam Guettel

Adam Guettel

Born: December 16, 1964, New York, New York

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Show Tunes
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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0039

This chapter examines the work of Adam Guettel. Guettel arrived on the scene with a distinct advantage, or a distinct disadvantage. He does not bear a famous name; his father was a midlevel theatrical stage manager-turned-general manager, who at the time was producing second-class road tours. But Guettel’s mother was a Broadway composer, Mary Rodgers (of Once Upon a Mattress fame (Notables: May 11, 1959)), whose stage career ended just after young Guettel was born. The child’s grandfather, though, was arguably Broadway’s greatest—and inarguably most successful—composer, Richard Rodgers. What this meant, in the case of Adam Guettel, was that the boy inherited enormous talent, a substantial inheritance, and an avalanche of expectations that was all but crushing.

Keywords:   Adam Guettel, composers, Broadway musicals, musical theater, show tunes, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers

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