Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows

Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows

by Dan Dietz

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Despite an often unfair reputation as being less popular, less successful, or less refined than their bona-fide Broadway counterparts, Off Broadway musicals deserve their share of critical acclaim and study. A number of shows originally staged Off Broadway have gone on to their own successful Broadway runs, from the ever-popular A Chorus Line and Rent to more off-beat productions like Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors. And while it remains to be seen if other popular Off Broadway shows like Stomp, Blue Man Group, and Altar Boyz will make it to the larger Broadway theaters, their Off Broadway runs have been enormously successful in their own right. This book discusses more than 1,800 Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, showcase, and workshop musical productions. It includes detailed descriptions of Off Broadway musicals that closed in previews or in rehearsal, selected musicals that opened in Brooklyn and in New Jersey, and American operas that opened in New York, along with general overviews of Off Broadway institutions such as the Light Opera of Manhattan. The typical entry includes the name of the host theater or theaters; the opening date and number of performances; the production's cast and creative team; a list of songs; a brief plot synopsis; and general comments and reviews from the New York critics. Besides the individual entries, the book also includes a preface, a bibliography, and 21 appendices including a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and lists of musicals categorized by topic and composer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786457311
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/10/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 656
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dan Dietz is a former professor of composition, world literature, and modern drama at Western Carolina University. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1


A: Chronology 507
B: Discography 513
C: Published Scripts 515
D: Filmography 516
E: Black Musicals and Revues 516
F: Children’s Musicals and Revues 517
G: Gay Musicals and Revues 517
H: Jewish Musicals and Revues 517
I: Women’s Musicals and Revues 517
J: Burlesque Musicals and Revues 518
K: Musicals Based on Writings of Lewis B Carroll 518
L: Musicals and Revues Based on Writings of William
Shakespeare 518
M: Composer and Lyricist Tribute Revues 518
N: Al Carmines Musicals and Revues 519
O: Kurt Weill Musicals and Revues 519
P: Ben Bagley Revues 519
Q: Julius Monk Revues 520
R: Rod Warren Revues 520
S: Forbidden Broadway 520
T: Second City Revues 520
U: Theatre “Curses” 520

Bibliography 521
Song Index 523
Name Index 591
Theatre Index 646

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