Betty Comden And Adolph Green

Author: Alice M. Robinson
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
ISBN: 9780313276590
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Betty Comden And Adolph Green from the Author: Alice M. Robinson. This reference provides a detailed overview of the work of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who for over fifty years have collaborated on skits, musicals, revues, and films. The book begins with a biography and a chronology, which serve as a summary of the major events in their lives and careers. Then there are six sections detailing their work on Broadway. Other sections then document their radio and film work. The sections contain entries for all of the productions with which Comden and Green were involved, and the entries provide full information about the performances, including cast lists, plot summaries, reviews, and commentaries. These sections are followed by an extensive bibliography and an appendix that lists the awards and nominations that Comden and Green and their works have received. A thorough index adds to the usefulness of the book.

Bernstein Meets Broadway

Author: Carol J. Oja
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199862095
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Bernstein Meets Broadway from the Author: Carol J. Oja. When Leonard Bernstein first arrived in New York, he was an unknown artist getting to know other twenty-somethings like Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. Yet by the end of the 1940s, these aspiring artists were world famous. Their collaborations defied artistic boundaries, subtly pushed a progressive political agenda, and forever altered the landscape of musical theater, ballet, and nightclub comedy. In Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War, award-winning author and scholar Carol J. Oja examines the early days of Bernstein's career at the height of World War II. As a composer and conductor, Bernstein had a meteoric rise to fame, thanks in no small part to his visionary collaborations. While Rodgers and Hammerstein imagined an idealized countryside, Bernstein focused on urban contemporary life and popular culture. His shows featured the iterant sailors who bore the brunt of military service, causing them quickly to stand out. Rather thanaccepting traditional distinctions between high and low art, his music was wide-open, inspired by everything from opera to jazz. To the dismay of some critics - and the delight of others - Bernstein freely coupled a reference to Rossini or Tchaikovsky with a hit song. Bernstein was not only provocative artistically but politically as well. In a time of race riots and Japanese internment camps, he and his colleagues promoted racial equality by featuring African-American and Asian-American performers. Oja combines a thorough exploration of Bernstein's collaborative work with rich descriptions of the time period that influenced him at the beginning of his career. Bernstein Meets Broadway is an indispensable work for any fan of Broadway musicals, dance, and cultural history.

The Musical

Author: William Everett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135848076
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The Musical from the Author: William Everett. The musical, whether on stage or screen, is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable musical genres, yet one of the most perplexing. What are its defining features? How does it negotiate multiple socio-cultural-economic spaces? Is it a popular tradition? Is it a commercial enterprise? Is it a sophisticated cultural product and signifier? This research guide includes more than 1,400 annotated entries related to the genre as it appears on stage and screen. It includes reference works, monographs, articles, anthologies, and websites related to the musical. Separate sections are devoted to sub-genres (such as operetta and megamusical), non-English language musical genres in the U.S., traditions outside the U.S., individual shows, creators, performers, and performance. The second edition reflects the notable increase in musical theater scholarship since 2000. In addition to printed materials, it includes multimedia and electronic resources.

John Ford

Author: Bill Levy
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313275142
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John Ford from the Author: Bill Levy. John Ford (1894-1973) is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. He is the only person to win four Academy Awards for Direction, and he was also honored by receiving virtually every other cinematic award for his work as a director. This reference book provides researchers an opportunity to locate quickly and conveniently a vast body of information about John Ford. The heart of the volume is a detailed filmography, which includes individual entries for 184 motion pictures with which Ford was involved. The entries provide plot summaries, critical commentaries, cast and credit information, and excerpts from reviews. Also of importance is the book's enormous annotated bibliography, which cites more than 1000 works. The opening biography examines Ford as a person, as a director, and as a cinematic influence and provides a background for the entries that comprise the bulk of the volume. Additional sections include a chronology; a list of Ford's unrealized projects; his radio, television, and theater credits; his awards and honors; and special collections and archives.

Gregory Peck

Author: Gerard Molyneaux
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313286681
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Gregory Peck from the Author: Gerard Molyneaux. Within a year after arriving in Hollywood, Gregory Peck became a star. He won an Academy Award for his second film, and he has continued to earn critical acclaim from the 1940s to the present day. This book provides a brief biography of Peck, along with detailed information about all his performances in film, television, radio, and on the stage. Entries for individual productions include cast and credit information, plot synopses, and insightful commentary.

A History Of The American Musical Theatre

Author: Nathan Hurwitz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317912055
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A History Of The American Musical Theatre from the Author: Nathan Hurwitz. From the diverse proto-theatres of the mid-1800s, though the revues of the ‘20s, the ‘true musicals’ of the ‘40s, the politicisation of the ‘60s and the ‘mega-musicals’ of the ‘80s, every era in American musical theatre reflected a unique set of socio-cultural factors. Nathan Hurwitz uses these factors to explain the output of each decade in turn, showing how the most popular productions spoke directly to the audiences of the time. He explores the function of musical theatre as commerce, tying each big success to the social and economic realities in which it flourished. This study spans from the earliest spectacles and minstrel shows to contemporary musicals such as Avenue Q and Spiderman. It traces the trends of this most commercial of art forms from the perspective of its audiences, explaining how staying in touch with writers and producers strove to stay in touch with these changing moods. Each chapter deals with a specific decade, introducing the main players, the key productions and the major developments in musical theatre during that period.

The A To Z Of The Broadway Musical

Author: William A. Everett
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810870444
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The A To Z Of The Broadway Musical from the Author: William A. Everett. The Broadway musical has greatly influenced American (and world) culture. Such shows as Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun are as 'American as apple pie,' while the long runs of imports like Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Les MisZrables have broken records. Broadway has produced such cultural icons as Ethel Merman, Yul Brynner, and Julie Andrews, and composers and lyricists such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and many others have had their melodies sung on its stages. Visionaries like George Abbott, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, and Susan Stroman have brought productions to life through their innovative direction and choreography. Since the latter part of the 19th century, the Broadway musical has remained one of the most popular genres in entertainment and its history is related in detail in The A to Z of the Broadway Musical. Through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and 900 dictionary entries on Broadway shows, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, and actors, this handy desk reference offers quick information on the many aspects of the Broadway musical.

David Niven

Author: Karin J. Fowler
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313280443
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David Niven from the Author: Karin J. Fowler. David Niven was a respected actor who performed in almost all media. His forty-year career included work in classic films, to which he brought a touch of charm and humor while working with major stars. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958 and had success as both a performer and a writer. This book presents a detailed record of Niven's spectacular career, along with a biographical overview of his eventful life.

Ginger Rogers

Author: Jocelyn Faris
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313291777
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Ginger Rogers from the Author: Jocelyn Faris. Ginger Rogers had a versatile and successful career as a dancer, singer, comedienne, and Academy Award winning dramatic actress. Here is a detailed guide to her many accomplishments in the entertainment world. Though she is remembered chiefly as the dance partner of Fred Astaire, her work spanned a number of media and she was one of the most famous actresses in the United States. Faris provides detailed information on all of her performances.

Leonard Bernstein

Author: Paul Laird
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317430441
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Leonard Bernstein from the Author: Paul Laird. Beginning with an introductory essay on his achievements, it continues with annotations on Bernstein's voluminous writings, performances, educational work, and major secondary sources.