The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals

The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals

by Dan Dietz

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The 1970s was an exciting decade for musical theatre. Besides shows from legends Stephen Sondheim (Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita), old-fashioned musicals (Annie) and major revivals (No, No, Nanette) became hits. In addition to underappreciated shows like Over Here! and cult musicals such as The Grass Harp and Mack and Mabel, Broadway audiences were entertained by black musicals on the order of The Wiz and Raisin.

In The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1970s. In addition to including every hit and flop that debuted during the decade, this book highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Bette Midler, and Gilda Radner.

Each entry includes the following information:

  • Opening and closing dates
  • Plot summaries
  • 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
  • Tony awards and nominations
  • Details about London and other foreign productions

Besides separate entries for each production, the book offers numerous appendixes, including a discography, filmography, and published scripts, as well as lists of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, black-themed shows, and Jewish-themed productions.

A treasure trove of information, The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals provides readers with a comprehensive 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: 9781442251663
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 596
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dan Dietz taught English and the history of modern drama at Western Carolina University, and is the author of Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007 (2010). Dietz is also the author The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals (2015), The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals (2014), and The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals (2014), all published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Table of Contents

Alphabetical List of Shows

1970 Season
1970-1971 Season
1971-1972 Season
1972-1973 Season
1973-1974 Season
1974-1975 Season
1975-1976 Season
1976-1977 Season
1977-1978 Season
1978-1979 Season
1979 Season

A Black-Themed Revues and Musicals
B Chronology by Season
C Chronology by Classification
D Discography
E Filmography
F Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas
G Jewish-Themed Revues and Musicals
H Other Productions
I Published Scripts
J Radio City Music Hall Productions
K Theatres

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