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By Martin Gottfried

This amazing quantity explores the musical theater in all its dimensions with approximately four hundred images, 112 of them in complete colour, together with unique creation photographs of the entire nice musicals, from express Boat to A refrain Line, at the twentieth Century, and Sweeney Todd.
The incisive textual content via critic Martin Gottfried supplies a full of life account of the musical theater: how musical comedy of the Twenties and Thirties grew into the "musical play" of the Forties and 1 950s and the way that improvement was once overtaken through modern day "concept" musical; how songs in a convey are "spotted," or positioned; how Irving Berlin, who can neither learn nor write track, turned one among Broadway's greats. Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, Rodgers, and Porter—the musical's titanic composers—are highlighted in person profiles, as are the good administrators.

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Cornelius, Irene, Barnaby, and Minnie are shown to their private dining room and they shut the curtains. The dance number "Waiters' Galop" begins. "). He pulls the curtains around their absence, the usual lightning-fast service There will — more of ice the "Waiters' Galop" buckets, trays, and skewers flying through the air. Barnaby and private dining room. is Vandergelder are caught up in the frantic dance and lose their wallets. Each winds up with the other's, so that the boys have lots of money and Vandergelder has none.

One-half of it was an orthodox musical play whose story unfolded in dramatic scenes with duly integrated book songs. The other half, however, startled and changed Broadway. As adapted by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret was based on John van Druten's play I Am a Camera as well as Van Druten's source, several stories by Christopher Isherwood. It is set in Germany in the early 1930s and is about the romances and adventures of a young singer (Sally Bowles) and a writer (Clifford Bradshaw). Prince devised a production concept as a staging background for this story: a Berlin cabaret the Kit Kat Klub symbolizing the decadence that spawned Nazism.

It may be a while before the Prince developments that led to Bennett's work take hold. How can one possibly relate them to the primitive beginnings of musical book writing as established by Guy Bolton for Jerome Kern's Princess Theater musicals? What in the world do Pacific Overtures and A Chorus Line have to do with the musical comedies of George Abbott and Comden and Green or with Oscar Hammerstein's musical plays? Yet, they all have much to do with each other. All librettos, whether featherbrained or virtuoso demonstrations of theatrical know-how, share the basic problems, purposes, and flavor of the Broadway musical.

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