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Tony
Your site is so great, it makes researching the business sooo much easier having all the info in one place! thankyou thankyou thankyou.
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Hi Tony!
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Tony,
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The History Of Musical Theatre

Do you need to know something about the history of musical theatre? Are you perhaps doing some research? When did it start? Who were its founding fathers and mothers? What were the first musicals ever performed? What are some of the all-time greatest musicals of all time? How did it come to be the genre it has become today?

If you look long and hard you can try and piece this information together from searching the internet. I tried that and got tired of it quickly. The best sources were written by people who are passionate about the subject and also very thorough. Below you will find a list of some really good books that will give you different aspects of this great genre. Have fun in your search.

Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American Musical Theater

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television (Oxford Companions)

The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity

No Legs, No Jokes, No Chance: A History of the American Musical Theater

The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway

Musical Theatre: A History

Beautiful Mornin': The Broadway Musical in the 1940s

The Musical: A Look at the American Musical Theater

The Art of the American Musical: Conversations with the Creators

Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s (Broadway Musicals)

The Sound of Their Music: The Story of Rodgers and Hammerstein

One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970s

Musical Theater: An Appreciation

From Assassins to West Side Story: The Director's Guide to Musical Theatre

Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time

Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American Musical Theater

The Big Book of Broadway, Third Edition


You will also be able to find some other tidbits about the history of musical theatre on this page of audition songs.




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