The Broadway Musical: A Critical and Musical Survey

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Return to Book Page. The Broadway musical, one of America's most distinctive contributions to Western music, has been chronicled, dissected, described, and debated, but never until now has its essential element--that glorious music--been analyzed directly in any significant detail. Moving beyond the anecdotes, production histories, and generalizations about theatrical style that mark so much o The Broadway musical, one of America's most distinctive contributions to Western music, has been chronicled, dissected, described, and debated, but never until now has its essential element--that glorious music--been analyzed directly in any significant detail.

Moving beyond the anecdotes, production histories, and generalizations about theatrical style that mark so much of the critical literature, Joseph P. Swain offers a unique survey of the most important or representative musical plays, one that shows how the great Broadway composers have used the traditional tools of composition--melody, harmony, tonal movement, rhythm, and texture--to become powerful dramatists in their own right.

Illustrated with over musical excerpts--a unique feature that gives Swain's analysis unparalleled depth and precision--the book yields new insights at every turn. It shows how particular musical solutions to dramatic problems gave Showboat and Oklahoma! In addition, Swain's thoughtful evaluation of the current scene illuminates issues of dramatic approach Godspell , plot A Chorus Line , subject matter Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita , and musical rhetoric Stephen Sondheim's output, exemplified by Sweeney Todd that may determine the future course of the musical play.

Precise in focus, uncommonly rich in detail, and accessible to fans and scholars alike, The Broadway Musical will have to be read by anyone concerned with contemporary American music and drama, and by anyone who hopes truly to know this supposedly best-known of music.

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Sort order. Feb 06, Booklover rated it liked it. This book started out slow, but after the third musical it picked up the pace to where I actually wanted to read the book. If you're a musical theatre lover who wants to know the inner workings of a musical; this is the book for you. Jun 12, Vincent Ribaya rated it liked it Shelves: textbook. The mere fact that it breaks down the growth and development of Broadway Musicals from a distinguished group of stage performances along the theater district at Broadway to a world-renown genre of musical theater into stages of maturity from as early as Kern and Hammerstein II 's Show Boat to Sond I had to read The Broadway Musical: A Critical and Musical Survey for a school elective I took on Western musical theater; and I found it to be one of the best critical surveys done on Broadway Musicals.

The mere fact that it breaks down the growth and development of Broadway Musicals from a distinguished group of stage performances along the theater district at Broadway to a world-renown genre of musical theater into stages of maturity from as early as Kern and Hammerstein II 's Show Boat to Sondheim and Wheeler 's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street makes this survey a pretty comprehensive one. I also found the little song excerpts in the book quite awesome, since they included their respective piano notes for readers to play along with - like pictures and diagrams in a textbook to enhance the learning experience.

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