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Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

Laurence Maslon


The crossroads where the music of Broadway met popular culture was an expansive and pervasive juncture throughout most of the twentieth century and continues to influence the cultural discourse of today. Broadway to Main Street: How Show Music Enchanted America details how Americans heard the music from Broadway on every Main Street across the country over the last 125 years, from sheet music, radio, and recordings to television and the Internet. The original Broadway cast album—from the 78 rpm recording of Oklahoma! to the digital download of Hamilton—is one of the most successful, yet underv ... More

Keywords: Broadway, Original cast album, Popular music, Show tune, Recordings, Radio, Songwriters, Singers, LPs, Billboard charts, Broadway

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199832538
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199832538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Maslon, author
Associate Professor of Arts (Graduate Acting, Drama, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing), New York University