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Introduction to Song Selection and Historical Context

Stephen Purdy

Stephen Purdy has coached hundreds of singing actors and his clients have been cast in many major musicals of the last decade including Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Memphis, Hairspray, and more. He is presently on the voice faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, and has taught and given masterclasses at universities and theatre festivals throughout the United States and internationally. He has worked extensively both on and off-Broadway, toured the US with multiple shows, and spent nearly five years playing and conducting musical theatre throughout Europe. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hunter Foster

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Musical Theatre Song : A Comprehensive Course in Selection, Preparation, and Presentation for the Modern Performer

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Introduction The theatre is full of surprises. Anyone who has ever sat saucer-eyed in a darkened theatre, aghast as the chandelier hurtles earthbound to the chromatic crescendo of the Phantom’s theme or felt goose bumps on their arms...

First World War Theatre

Rebecca D’Monté

Rebecca D’Monte is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her publications include Cool Britannia? British Political Drama in the 1990s, co-edited with Graham Saunders. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Theatre and Performance 1900–1950

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Introduction When Britain declared war against Germany on 4 August 1914 and on Austria-Hungary on 10 August, it was meant to be the ‘war to end all wars’, with many commentators expecting it to be over by Christmas. The ensuing conflict...

“The Music of Something Beginning”: American Explorations (1624–1890)

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...What was the first homegrown Broadway musical? No one is certain, but one thing is clear: it was not The Black Crook. That much-talked about show was not so much a beginning as it was a culmination.The American theatre was already thriving,...

Packed From Pit to Ceiling: The Kingston Empire (1910–1955) and British Variety

Adam Ainsworth

Adam Ainsworth is senior lecturer in Drama at Kingston University, London, UK. His research interests include 19th-century pantomime, music hall and variety theatre and he is currently undertaking doctoral research that will produce the first detailed history of the Empire Theatre at Kingston-upon-Thames. He co-convenes the TaPRA Popular Performance Working Group. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Popular Performance

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...On the evening of Monday, 24 October 1910, a magician known as The Great Raymond took to the stage of the Empire at Kingston upon Thames. This was the theatre’s opening night and Raymond, who was the ‘top of the bill’, proceeded to conjure...
...Dan Leno was the most popular male performer of the Victorian music hall, yet few people of the present generation are aware of his centrality to the British comic tradition. His fame was eclipsed by one of his most renowned imitators...

The Edwardian Theatre

Rebecca D’Monté

Rebecca D’Monte is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her publications include Cool Britannia? British Political Drama in the 1990s, co-edited with Graham Saunders. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Theatre and Performance 1900–1950

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Introduction Queen Victoria’s death just after the turn of the twentieth century in 1901 provoked widespread mourning. During her long reign she had presided over a remarkable process of industrial, scientific and cultural change which...

Vaudeville and Burlesque: From Small Time to Big Time

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Vaudeville disappeared in the 1930s, but Americans still experienced it thanks to The Ed Sullivan Show, which ran on CBS-TV from 1948 to 1971. Sullivan, a sour-faced entertainment columnist, filled his hour-long Sunday night programs...

Music Halls and Minstrel Shows: When Ribaldry and Racism Sang and Danced

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...If we could step into a London music hall of the 1890s, we would find a boisterous audience singing along and maintaining an active dialogue with the performers. There are cockneys in the top balcony, office clerks and their families...