Since the 1920s, a core group of composers—from Kern and Berlin, to Gershwin, Porter and Rodgers; from Styne and Sondheim, to Kander, Flaherty, and Guettel—has been responsible for the vast majority of America’s great musicals. This chapter presents notable shows by other composers which merit discussion. Some were enormous hits and are included for that reason only; others were written by popular or interesting composers who never found Broadway success; and a handful are included simply due to the high quality of the work.
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