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Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s

Ethan Mordden


The 1950s saw an explosion in the American musical theater. The Broadway show, catapulted into the limelight in the 1920s and solidified during the 1940s thanks to Rodgers and Hammerstein, now entered its most revolutionary phase, brashly redefining itself and forging a new kind of storytelling. This book gives us a guided tour of this rich decade. With detail, the book highlights the shift in Broadway from shows that were mere star vehicles, showcasing a big-name talent, to the bolder stories, stuffed with character and atmosphere. During this period, subject matter became more intricate, eve ... More

Keywords: Broadway, American musical theater, shows, musicals, directors, scripts, poster listings, plot, talent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ethan Mordden, author