The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals by Dan Dietz

By Dan Dietz

The debut of Oklahoma! in 1943 ushered within the smooth period of Broadway musicals and used to be via a couple of successes that experience turn into loved classics. indicates produced on Broadway in this decade contain Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Carousel, Finian’s Rainbow, buddy Joey, in town, and South Pacific. one of the significant performers of the last decade have been Alfred Drake, Gene Kelly, Mary Martin, and Ethel Merman, whereas different abilities who contributed to indicates contain Irving Berlin, Gower Champion, Betty Comden, Adolph eco-friendly, Agnes de Mille, Lorenz Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Cole Porter, Jerome Robbins, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II.

In the whole publication of Nineteen Forties Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines each musical and revue that opened on Broadway throughout the Nineteen Forties. as well as supplying info on each hit and flop, this publication contains revivals and one-man and one-woman exhibits. every one access includes the next information:

Opening and shutting dates
Plot summary
Cast members
Number of performances
Names of all vital body of workers, together with writers, composers, administrators, choreographers, manufacturers, and musical directors
Musical numbers and the names of performers who brought the songs
Production information, together with information regarding tryouts
Source material
Critical commentary
Details approximately London and different overseas productions

Besides separate entries for every creation, the e-book deals quite a few appendixes, equivalent to a discography, movie types, released scripts, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and non-musical productions that applied songs, dances, or historical past music.

A treasure trove of data, the whole booklet of Forties Broadway Musicals presents readers with an entire view of every express. this crucial source should be of use to students, historians, and informal lovers of 1 of the best many years in musical theatre historical past.

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