The Complete Book Of 2000s Broadway Musicals by Dan DietzThe Complete Book Of 2000s Broadway Musicals by Dan Dietz

The Complete Book Of 2000s Broadway Musicals

byDan Dietz

Hardcover | April 6, 2017

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In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Broadway was notable for old-fashioned, feel-good shows (Hairspray, Jersey Boys), a number of family-friendly musicals (Little Women, Mary Poppins), plenty of revivals (Follies, Oklahoma!, Wonderful Town), a couple of off-the-wall hits (Avenue Q, Urinetown), several gargantuan flops (Dance of the Vampires, Lestat), and a few serious productions that garnered critical acclaim (The Light in the Piazza, Next to Normal). Unlike earlier decades which were dominated by specific composers, by a new form of musical theatre, or by numerous British imports, the decade is perhaps most notable for the rise of shows which poked fun at the musical comedy form, such as The Producers and Spamalot.In The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway from 2000 through the end of 2009. This book discusses the era's major successes, notorious failures, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts. In addition to including every hit and flop that debuted during the decade, this book highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, and Martin Short.Each entry contains the following information:1.Plot summary2.Cast members3.Names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors4.Opening and closing dates5.Number of performances6.Critical commentary7.Musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs8.Production data, including information about tryouts9.Source material10.Tony awards and nominations11.Details about London and other foreign productionsBesides separate entries for each production, the book offers numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of black-themed shows and Jewish-themed productions.This comprehensive book contains a wealth of information and provides a comprehensive view of each show. The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals 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 The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals (2014), The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals (2014), The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals (2015), The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musical...
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Title:The Complete Book Of 2000s Broadway MusicalsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:514 pages, 11.33 × 8.77 × 1.5 inPublished:April 6, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442278005

ISBN - 13:9781442278004

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The latest in Dietz's excellent series covers the 213 musicals that opened on (or were set to open on) Broadway between 2000 and 2009, from the familiar (Avenue Q, Spamalot) to the obscure (Casper, which didn't make it out of the preview tour). The technical details for each production include opening and closing dates; number of performances; names of the writers, composers, directors, and casts; and a brief description. This is followed by a full listing of the musical numbers and a narrative (ranging from one to three pages) about the show. There are eight appendixes, including a chronology by season; a chronology by classification; and a list of shows by theater. Recommended for medium-sized and large public library reference collections as well as academic libraries supporting performing-arts programs.