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Anything GoesA History of American Musical Theatre$
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Ethan Mordden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.001.0001

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The Sondheim Handbook

The Sondheim Handbook

(p.223) Chapter 15 The Sondheim Handbook
Anything Goes

Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press

This chapter first considers the work of Stephen Sondheim, including Company, Follies, A Little Night of Music, and Pacific Overtures. It then describes the advent of rock musicals, the first successful one being Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar, which introduced the genre loosely termed “pop opera.” The chapter also discusses other popular musicals The Phantom of the Opera (1987), Annie (1977), Chicago (1975), and Nine (1982).

Keywords:   musicals, musical theater, Stephen Sondheim, rock musicals, pop opera, Jesus Christ Superstar

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