This guide covers 180 musicals, from the mould-breaking "Showboat" through the hit shows of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe, to the theatrical extravaganzas of Lloyd Webber, arranged in alphabetical order. The entry for each musical includes: composer, libretti and first performance; principal characters, plot synopsis and hit songs; original stage case and film details; a "Did You Know?" section of facts and recommended recording. Potted biographies of the composers and lists of their output, plus an introduction on the history and development of the musical and a glossary of terms, are also provided.
? Over 180 musicals
? Over 80 composer/lyricist biographies
? Over 200 recommended recordings
'Collins Musicals' is an invaluable guide to this hugely popular artform, presenting essential information on over 180 major, and some not so major, musicals in an accessible, yet scholarly, way.
The entry for each musical includes:
? The composer,the lyricist and the first UK and US performances
? Principal characters, plot synopsis and hit songs
? Original stage cast and film credits
? Recommended recordings
? Diverting background information, reviews and anecdotes featured in an entertaining Did you know? section
The guide also includes potted biographies for many of the composers and lyricists, plus an overview of the origins and development of the musical, and a glossary of terms.
Covering everything from mould-breaking productions such as 'Show Boat' through the hit shows of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe, to the theatrical extravaganzas of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, 'Collins Musicals' is an indispensible reference source for musicals devotees and newcomers alike.
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