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The 1990s: “The American Dream”

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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... fanfare but a more hardcore rock score, the bizarre and daring Hedwig and the Angry Inch (1998, 857 performances) opened off-Broadway and slowly found a dedicated following. Librettist John Cameron Mitchell (b. 1963) starred as the title...

After Oklahoma! (post-1943): Broadway’s Golden Age

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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... Coward’s ex-lover John C. Wilson (1899–1961), Kiss Me Kate became the longest running hit of Porter’s career. Kurt Weill had a mixed record in the post-Oklahoma period. He collaborated with poet Ogden Nash on One Touch of Venus (1943, 567...

The Merry Widow: Refusing to Say “I Love You”

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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... and starring Alicia Markova reached Broadway in 1955. A later adaptation staged for the Australian Ballet by John Lanchberry played London and New York with Dame Margot Fonteyn in the title role. A Holiday on Ice production skated its way...

The 1960s: “The Parade Passes By”

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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... love and psychedelic drugs. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy shocked the world. By the time his brother Robert and civil rights leader Martin Luther King were gunned down five years later, many were left numb.Folk singer Bob...

The 1920s, Part I: Hot Times and Great Talents (1920–29)

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 second look!” Director John Murray Anderson gave the production a smooth flow. The hit ballad “Here in My Arms” helped the show overcome initially sluggish ticket sales to become a profitable success. The Girl Friend (1926, 301...

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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Musical Theatre : A History

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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Musical Theatre : A History

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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...

Introduction: “Let’s Start at the Very Beginning”

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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...Where did my love for musicals come from? Frankly, I have no idea. My parents were both “theatrically challenged.” Although I grew up a thirty-minute subway ride away from Times Square, I did not see my first Broadway musical until I...