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The 1980s: “And the Wind Begins to Moan”

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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... performances) boasted a fine John Kander-Fred Ebb score and Lauren Bacall in the title role. Marilyn Cooper won a Tony playing a mousy housewife who shared the hilarious duet “The Grass Is Always Greener” with the glamorous Bacall....

The 1970s, Part II: “You Gotta Hang on till Tomorrow” (1970–79)

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

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... different tack with Two Gentlemen of Verona (1971, 627 performances), a multiracial rock version of Shakespeare’s comedy. The book and lyrics by playwright John Guare veered playfully between Elizabethan poetry and pop verse. Like Hair,...

Object All Sublime: Gilbert and Sullivan (1880–1900)

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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... a central figure in D’Oyly Carte’s repertory company. As John Wellington Wells, “a dealer in magic and spells” who is hired to unleash a love potion on the inhabitants of a small British village, he describes his business this way: We’ve...

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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...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...

The 1920s, Part II: Show Boat—Premature Revolution

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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... were actual 1890s hits. Audiences were familiar with Offenbach’s “Valse des Rayons,” John Phillip Sousa’s “Washington Square March,” and the tune “At a Georgia Camp Meeting,” all of which were featured. Kern’s new songs fit in seamlessly...

Florenz Ziegfeld: The Follies and Beyond

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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... of the Blues,” “Lucky Day,” and the dance hit “Black Bottom.” White never eclipsed Ziegfeld’s legend, but he certainly made the old master uneasy when several editions of his revues outran the Follies. John Murray Anderson directed the first...

The 1970s, Part I: Sondheim and Prince

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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... harsh truths. Phyllis (Alexis Smith) has married successful politician Ben (John McMartin), and they have learned to loathe each other. Sally (Dorothy Collins) always wanted Ben, but settled for Buddy (Gene Nelson), a salesman who keeps...

The Future

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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... Consider composer John Kander and his longtime writing partner Fred Ebb. In 1997, their musical Chicago returned to Broadway in a revival that would still be running almost two decades later. In 1998, their Cabaret was revived and more than...

Rodgers and Hammerstein, a New Beginning (1940–60): “They Couldn’t Pick a Better 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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... of 1936. His first book musical was Cabin in the Sky (1940, 156 performances), with libretto by playwright Lynn Root, lyrics by John LaTouche (1914–56), and the entire production staged by George Balanchine. Billed as “A Musical Play...

A New Century: Herbert, Cohan, and Berlin (1900–13)

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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...At the start of the twentieth century, Americans still looked to Europe to set new trends in fashion, music, and popular culture. But change was in the air. The assassination of President William McKinley in 1901 put the progressive...