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Coming up RosesThe Broadway Musical in the 1950s$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140583.001.0001

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West Side Story & Gypsy

West Side Story & Gypsy

(p.238) 16 West Side Story & Gypsy
Coming up Roses

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

Some call these vastly different shows the culmination of an era in that their vitally story-oriented artistry tops off the epoch of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Others see the pair as the start of the next era, in which the musical play breaks away from the Rodgers and Hammerstein model into new structures—West Side Story all magicked up with dance, and Gypsy—so lean it virtually has a cast of three—that point toward Cabaret, Company, and A Chorus Line.

Keywords:   West Side Story, Gypsy, Cabaret, Company, A Chorus Line, musical play

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