9781538112816-1538112817-The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals

The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals

ISBN-13: 9781538112816
ISBN-10: 1538112817
Author: Dietz, Dan
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Format: Hardcover 670 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781538112816
ISBN-10: 1538112817
Author: Dietz, Dan
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Format: Hardcover 670 pages

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Acknowledged authors Dietz, Dan wrote The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals comprising 670 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1538112817 and 9781538112816. Since then The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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During the Twenties, the Great White Way roared with nearly 300 book musicals. Luminaries who wrote for Broadway during this decade included Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Rudolf Friml, George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lorenz Hart, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Sigmund Romberg, and Vincent Youmans, and the era’s stars included Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, and Marilyn Miller. Light-hearted Cinderella musicals dominated these years with such hits as Kern’s long-running Sally, along with romantic operettas that dealt with princes and princesses in disguise. Plots about bootleggers and Prohibition abounded, but there were also serious musicals, including Kern and Hammerstein’s masterpiece Show Boat.

In The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines in detail every book musical that opened on Broadway during the years 1920-1929. The book discusses the era’s major successes as well as its forgotten failures. The hits include A Connecticut Yankee; Hit the Deck!; No, No, Nanette; Rose-Marie; Show Boat; The Student Prince; The Vagabond King; and Whoopee, as well as ambitious failures, including Deep River; Rainbow; and Rodgers’ daring Chee-Chee.

Each entry contains the following information:

  • Plot summary
  • Cast members
  • Names of creative personnel, including book writers, lyricists, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors
  • Opening and closing dates
  • Number of performances
  • Plot summary
  • Critical commentary
  • Musical numbers and names of the performers who introduced the songs
  • Production data, including information about tryouts
  • Source material
  • Details about London productions

Besides separate entries for each production, the book offers numerous appendixes, including ones which cover other shows produced during the decade (revues, plays with music, miscellaneous musical presentations, and a selected list of pre-Broadway closings). Other appendixes include a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and a list of black-themed musicals. This book contains a wealth of information and provides a comprehensive view of each show. The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals will be of use to scholars, historians, and casual fans of one of the greatest decades in the history of musical theatre.
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