Tin Pan Alley and Broadway
All That Jazz
The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago
Hardcover ISBN: 0190651792
In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths - the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamour of the big-city newspaper, the mad decade of the 1920s, the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon (two of the greatest talents in the musical's history), and the Wild West gangsterville that was the city of Chicago itself. The tale of a young woman who murders her departing lover and then tricks the jury into letting her off, Chicago seemed too blunt and cynical at first. Everyone agreed it was show biz at its brilliant best, yet the public still preferred A Chorus Line, with its cast of innocents and sentimental feeling. Nevertheless, the 1996 Chicago revival is now the longest-running American musical in history, and the movie version won the Best Picture Oscar. As author Ethan Mordden looks back at Chicago's various moving parts - including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical - we see how the American theatre serves as a kind of alternative news medium, a town crier warning the public about the racy, devious interior contradictions of American society. Opinionated, witty, and rich in backstage anecdotes, All That Jazz brings the American Musical to life in all its artistry and excitement.
All the Things You Are
The Life of Tony Bennett
Hardcover ISBN: 0470520655
The first complete biography of singing legend Tony Bennett Among America's greatest entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, and Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett alone is still here and at the top of his game. For the first time, All the Things You Are tells the incredible story of Bennett's life and sixty-year career, from his impoverished New York City childhood through his first chart-topping hits, from liberating a concentration camp to his civil rights struggles, from his devastating personal and career battles and addiction in the 1970's to his stunning comeback and emergence as a musical statesman, America's troubadour, role model and mentor, and unmatched interpreter of the American songbook. - Takes a candid, unvarnished look at the amazing life of one of America's most enduring musical icons - Based on dozens of author interviews with Bennett's family members,?agents, musicians, composers and managers, and experts on the last fifty years of popular music - Filled with stories involving leading figures and entertainers of the twentieth-century, including Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fiorello LaGuardia, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Billie Holliday, and more Whether you've been a Tony Bennett fan for decades or are just discovering him, this book will deepen your understanding of this hugely gifted entertainer and his music.
All-american Partner Songs
12 Tremendous Partner Songs for Young Singers Kit
Paperback ISBN: 1470626616
Here's a great way to introduce young singers to classic patriotic and folk songs while developing independent part-singing. These well-known favorites will never go out of style! You may even want to invite the audience to sing along in performance. Includes easy-to-teach staging suggestions for eight of the twelve selections. Recommended for grades 2--7. Book is 100% Reproducible.
The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity
Paperback ISBN: 0691141053
The American musical has long provided an important vehicle through which writers, performers, and audiences reimagine who they are and how they might best interact with the world around them. Musicals are especially good at this because they provide not only an opportunity for us to enact dramatic versions of alternative identities, but also the material for performing such alternatives in the real world, through songs and the characters and attitudes those songs project. This book addresses a variety of specific themes in musicals that serve this general function: fairy tale and fantasy, idealism and inspiration, gender and sexuality, and relationships, among others. It also considers three overlapping genres that are central, in quite different ways, to the projection of personal identity: operetta, movie musicals, and operatic musicals. Among the musicals discussed are Camelot, Candide; Chicago; Company; Evita; Gypsy; Into the Woods; Kiss Me, Kate; A Little Night Music; Man of La Mancha; Meet Me in St. Louis; The Merry Widow; Moulin Rouge; My Fair Lady; Passion; The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Singin' in the Rain; Stormy Weather; Sweeney Todd; and The Wizard of Oz. Complementing the author's earlier work, The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity, this book completes a two-volume thematic history of the genre, designed for general audiences and specialists alike.
The Complete Books & Lyrics of 16 Broadway Classics, 1927-1969, with Postcards
Hardcover ISBN: 159853257x
The Broadway musical is one of America’s great indigenous popular forms, a glorious hybrid that emerged ?out of our speech, our tempo, our moral attitudes, our way of moving
The Complete Books & Lyrics of Eight Broadway Classics, 1950-1969
Hardcover ISBN: 1598532596
A collection of the book and lyrics of eight popular musicals includes production images and biographical profiles of the authors.
American Musicals 1927-1949
The Complete Books & Lyrics of Eight Broadway Classics
Hardcover ISBN: 1598532588
A first of a landmark two-volume collection features the complete librettos for eight masterpiece Broadway shows, including Show Boat, Oklahoma! and South Pacific, and is complemented by production photographs and biographical sketches.
American Theatre Wing
An Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles
Hardcover ISBN: 1513261460
Celebrating the 100 years of the American Theatre Wing, this book is a fascinating cornucopia of untold lore and never-before-seen photos as prismatic and unexpected as the theater itself. In 1943, a wounded soldier aided by a cane limped into the Stage Door Canteen, the American Theatre Wing
And There I Stood With My Piccolo
Paperback ISBN: 0816667691
And There I Stood with My Piccolo, originally published in 1948, is a zesty and colorful memoir of composer Meredith Willson’s early years—from growing up in Mason City, Iowa, to playing the flute with John Philip Sousa’s band and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to a successful career in composing for radio and motion pictures in Hollywood. It was apparent to everyone, except maybe Willson himself, that he was on his way to something big. Lighthearted and inspiring, it is no surprise Willson’s tales caught the attention of prominent Broadway producers. In 1957, just nine years after the publication of this book, The Music Man became a Broadway sensation, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Meredith Willson’s musical comedy is to this day arguably the most produced and beloved musical in American culture.