The Complete Book Of 1940s Broadway Musicals by Dan DietzThe Complete Book Of 1940s Broadway Musicals by Dan Dietz

The Complete Book Of 1940s Broadway Musicals

byDan Dietz

Hardcover | February 2, 2015

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The debut of Oklahoma! in 1943 ushered in the modern era of Broadway musicals and was followed by a number of successes that have become beloved classics. Shows produced on Broadway during this decade include Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Carousel, Finian's Rainbow, Pal Joey, On the Town, and South Pacific. Among the major performers of the decade were Alfred Drake, Gene Kelly, Mary Martin, and Ethel Merman, while other talents who contributed to shows include Irving Berlin, Gower Champion, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Agnes de Mille, Lorenz Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Cole Porter, Jerome Robbins, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II. In The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines every musical and revue that opened on Broadway during the 1940s. In addition to providing details on every hit and flop, this book includes revivals and one-man and one-woman shows. Each entry contains the following information:·Opening and closing dates·Plot summary·Cast members·Number of performances·Names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors·Musical numbers and the names of performers who introduced the songs·Production data, including information about tryouts·Source material·Critical commentary ·Details about London and other foreign productionsBesides separate entries for each production, the book offers numerous appendixes, such as a discography, film versions, published scripts, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and non-musical productions that utilized songs, dances, or background music.A treasure trove of information, The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals provides readers with a complete view of each show. This significant resource will be of use to scholars, historians, and casual fans of one of the greatest decades in musical theatre history.
Dan Dietz is a former professor of composition, world literature, and modern drama at Western Carolina University. He is the author of Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007 (2010), The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
Title:The Complete Book Of 1940s Broadway MusicalsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:610 pages, 11.32 × 8.77 × 1.63 inPublished:February 2, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442245271

ISBN - 13:9781442245273

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionBROADWAY MUSICALS OF THE 1940s1940 Season1940-1941 Season1941-1942 Season1942-1943 Season1943-1944 Season1944--1945 Season1945-1946 Season1946-1947 Season1947-1948 Season1948-1949 Season1949 SeasonAPPENDIXESA Alphabetical List of ShowsB Chronology (by Season)C Chronology (by Classification)D DiscographyE Gilbert and Sullivan OperettasF FilmographyG Other ProductionsH Published ScriptsI TheatresBibliographyIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

The entries are well written, concise, interesting and fun to read. Often the author includes obscure details to personalize the production. . . .There is an alphabetical index of all the musicals at the beginning of the volume, which is good, as the organization of the volume is by Broadway season.