The Complete Book Of 1960s Broadway Musicals by Dan DietzThe Complete Book Of 1960s Broadway Musicals by Dan Dietz

The Complete Book Of 1960s Broadway Musicals

byDan Dietz

Hardcover | April 10, 2014

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While the 1960s may have been a decade of significant upheaval in America, it was also one of the richest periods in musical theatre history. Shows produced on Broadway during this time include such classics as Bye, Bye Birdie; Cabaret; Camelot; Hello Dolly!; Fiddler on the Roof; How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying; Oliver!; and Man of La Mancha. Performers such as Dick Van Dyke, Anthony Newley, Jerry Orbach, and Barbara Streisand made their marks, and other talents-such as Bob Fosse, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Jerome Robbins, and Stephen Sondheim-also contributed to shows. In The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines every musical and revue that opened on Broadway during the 1960s. In addition to providing details on every hit and flop, Dietz includes revivals and one-man and one-woman shows that centered on stars like Jack Benny, Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich, Danny Kaye, Yves Montand, and Lena Horne. Each entry consists of:·Opening and closing dates·Plot summaries·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 ·Tony awards and nominations ·Details about London and other foreign productionsIn addition to entries for each production, the book offers numerous appendixes: a discography, film and television versions, published scripts, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and lists of productions by the New York City Center Light Opera Company, the New York City Opera Company, and the Music Theatre of Lincoln Center. A treasure trove of information, 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 taught English and the history of modern drama at Western Carolina University, and later served with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Education Department. He is the author of Off-Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows (2010)....
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Title:The Complete Book Of 1960s Broadway MusicalsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:622 pages, 11.24 × 8.96 × 1.78 inPublished:April 10, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442230711

ISBN - 13:9781442230712

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionBroadway Musicals of the 1960s1959-1960 Season1960-1961 Season1961-1962 Season1962-1963 Season1963-1964 Season1964-1965 Season1965-1966 Season1966-1967 Season1967-1968 Season1968-1969 Season1969-1970 Season AppendixesA. Alphabetical ListingB. Chronology (By Season)C. Chronology (By Classification)D. DiscographyE. FilmographyF. Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta ProductionsG. New York City Center Light Opera Company ProductionsH. New York City Opera Company ProductionsI. Music Theatre of Lincoln Center ProductionsJ. Other Operetta Productions K. Published ScriptsL. TheatresBibliographyIndexAbout the Author

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Numerous and notable musicals made their initial runs in the 1960s. . . .[The author] compiles plot summaries, cast members, composers, writers, directors, producers, and information about the musical, for shows produced from 1960 to 1969, encompassing the 1959-1960 through the 1969-1970 seasons. Additional information in each entry includes the number of performances, specific songs, opening and closing dates, and reception history. Dietz adds his own critical commentary, as he calls the 1960s the 'last hurrah of the traditional book musical.' In that decade, 98 new book musicals with new music appeared on Broadway. This is compared to the recent decade of 2000-2009, which saw only 38 premiere with new musical content. However, there were several more revivals. The book presents 271 musicals that opened on Broadway during the 1960s; this includes 98 with new music, 3 with pre-existing music, 22 revues, 16 personality revues, 58 revivals, and several imports. Several appendixes add data. . . .The first, an alphabetic list of musicals, designates the years only when another musical of that title was produced. Others appendixes present chronologies (one by season, another by classification), discography, filmography, the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, three lists by the theater producing the musical (e.g., New York City Center Light Opera Company, New York City Opera Company, Lincoln Center), published scripts, and theaters (with the musicals they presented). The author uses italics to display cast members who were billed above the musical's title.