The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals

The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals

by Dan Dietz


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The debut of Oklahoma! in 1943 ushered in the modern era of Broadway musicals and was followed by a number of successes that have become beloved classics. Shows produced on Broadway during this decade include Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Carousel, Finian's Rainbow, Pal Joey, On the Town, and South Pacific. Among the major performers of the decade were Alfred Drake, Gene Kelly, Mary Martin, and Ethel Merman, while other talents who contributed to shows include Irving Berlin, Gower Champion, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Agnes de Mille, Lorenz Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Cole Porter, Jerome Robbins, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II.

In The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines every musical and revue that opened on Broadway during the 1940s. In addition to providing details on every hit and flop, this book includes revivals and one-man and one-woman shows. Each entry contains the following information:

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

Besides separate entries for each production, the book offers numerous appendixes, such as a discography, film versions, published scripts, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and non-musical productions that utilized songs, dances, or background music.

A treasure trove of information, The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals provides readers with a complete view of each show. This significant resource will be of use to scholars, historians, and casual fans of one of the greatest decades in musical theatre history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442245273
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Pages: 610
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Dan Dietz is a former professor of composition, world literature, and modern drama at Western Carolina University. He is the author of Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007 (2010), The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction BROADWAY MUSICALS OF THE 1940s 1940 Season 1940-1941 Season 1941-1942 Season 1942-1943 Season 1943-1944 Season 1944--1945 Season 1945-1946 Season 1946-1947 Season 1947-1948 Season 1948-1949 Season 1949 Season APPENDIXES A Alphabetical List of Shows B Chronology (by Season) C Chronology (by Classification) D Discography E Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas F Filmography G Other Productions H Published Scripts I Theatres Bibliography Index About the Author

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