Enchanted Evenings The Broadway Musical from 'Show Boat' to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber 2/e

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This new second edition of Enchanted Evenings offers theater lovers an illuminating behind-the-scenes tour of some of America's best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals.

The title of the book is a reference to the song "Some Enchanted Evenings " from South Pacific and shows such as Show Boat, Carousel, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Phantom of the Opera are all covered here plus more ! Block provides a documentary history of each of the musicals, showing how each work took shape and revealing, at the same time, how the American musical evolved from the 1920s to today, both on stage and on screen. The book's particular focus is on the music, offering a wealth of detail about how librettist, lyricist, composer, and director work together to shape the piece. Block also includes trenchant social commentary and lively backstage anecdotes. Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, Kurt Weill, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Frank Loesser, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and other luminaries emerge as hardworking craftsmen under enormous pressure to sell tickets without compromising their dramatic vision. The second edition includes a greatly expanded chapter on Sondheim, a new chapter on Lloyd Webber, and two new chapters on the film adaptations of the main musicals featured in the text (including such hard to find films as the original 1936 version of Anything Goes and the 1959 film adaptation of Porgy and Bess).

Packed with information, including a complete discography and plot synopses and song-by-song scenic outlines for each of the fourteen shows, Enchanted Evenings is an essential reference as well as a revealing history of the Broadway Musical.

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Enchanted Evenings The Broadway Musical from 'Show Boat' to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber 2nd edition

  • Composer/Author: Block, Geoffrey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Contents:

    Overture

    1: Introduction: Setting the Stage

    Act I: Before Rodgers and Hammerstein
    2: Show Boat: In the Beginning
    3: Anything Goes: Songs Ten, Book Three
    4: Porgy and Bess: Broadway Opera
    5: On Your Toes and Pal Joey: Dance Gets into the Act and "Sweet Water from a Foul Well"
    6: The Cradle Will Rock: A Labor Musical for Art's Sake
    7: Lady in the Dark and One Touch of Venus: The Broadway Stranger and His American Dreams
    8: Stage vs. Screen I: Before Rogers and Hammerstein
    Act II: The Broadway Musical After Oklahoma!
    9: Carousel: The Invasion of the Integrated Musical
    10: Kiss Me, Kate: The Taming of Cole Porter
    11: Guys and Dolls and The Most Happy Fella: The Greater Loesser
    12: My Fair Lady: From Pygmalion to Cinderella
    13: West Side Story: The Very Model of a Major Musical
    14: Stage vs. Screen II: After Oklahoma!
    Epilogue: The Age of Sondheim and Lloyd Webber
    15: Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George: Happily Ever After West Side Story with Sondheim
    16: Phantom of the Opera: The Reigning Champion of Broadway
    Synopses
    Discography: Selected Original, Revival, Film, and Studio Casts
    Appendix A. Sources, Published Librettos, and Vocal Scores
    Appendix B. Long Runs 1920s-1980s
    Appendix C. The Forty Longest-Running Book Musicals on Broadway
    Appendix D. Show Boat
    Appendix E. Anything Goes
    Appendix F. Porgy and Bess: Songs, Arias, and Themes
    Appendix G. On Your Toes: Broadway 1936 and Broadway Revival 1983
    Appendix H. Pal Joey: Broadway 1940 and Broadway Revival 1952
    Appendix I. The Cradle Will Rock: Broadway 1937
    Appendix J. Lady in the Dark: Broadway 1941
    Appendix K. One Touch of Venus: Broadway 1943
    Appendix L. Carousel: Broadway 1945
    Appendix M. Kiss Me, Kate: Broadway 1948
    Appendix N. Guys and Dolls: Broadway 1950
    Appendix O. The Most Happy Fella: Broadway 1956
    Appendix P. My Fair Lady: Broadway 1956
    Appendix Q. West Side Story: Broadway 1957
    Appendix R. Follies: Broadway 1971 and London Revival 1987
    Notes
    Select Bibliography
    Index

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