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Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Ethan Mordden


This book looks at the musical, from The Beggar's Opera to Wicked. Looking at Star Comic and Sweetheart Heroine; the war between musical comedy and operetta; the rise of the sexy story in the 1920s; the wedding of ballet and hoofing in the 1930s; Oklahoma! and Carousel “musical plays” of the 1940s; Novelty Star in the 1950s, and other developments, this book looks at George Gershwin to Ethel Merman to Jerome Robbins to the director-choreographer and the offbeat contemporary show: Porgy and Bess, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Grand Hotel, Grey Gardens, and Rent. The book e ... More

Keywords: musical play, musical, writing of musicals, performance, dance, tap, ballet, modern dance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199892839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ethan Mordden, author