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The secret life of the American musical : how Broadway shows are built / Jack Viertel.

Viertel, Jack, (author.).

Available copies

  • 8 of 8 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 8 total copies.

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Greensburg-Decatur Co PL - Greensburg 792.6 VIERTEL (Text) 32826014070015 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Greenwood PL - Greenwood 792.6 VIE (Text) 36626103717781 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Jackson Co PL - Seymour Main Library 792.6 VIERTEL (Text) 37500004278236 Nonfiction Available -
Lebanon PL - Lebanon 792.6 VIE (Text) 34330513026618 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -
Morgan Co PL - Martinsville Main Library 792.6097 VIE (Text) 78551000525278 Non-Fiction Available -
Princeton PL - Princeton 792.609 Vie (Text) 30890000596575 Adult Books Upper level Available -
South Whitley Comm. PL - South Whitley 792.6097 VIE (Text) 30402004656999 NONFICTION Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 792.6 VIERTEL (Text) 33946003088346 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374256920
  • ISBN: 0374256926
  • Physical Description: xvii, 312 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2016.

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note: Overture -- Curtain up, light the lights : opening numbers -- The wizard and I : the "I want" song -- If I loved you : conditional love songs -- Put on your Sunday clothes : the noise -- Bushwhacking 1 : second couples -- Bushwhacking 2 : villains -- Bushwhacking 3 : the multiplot, and how it thickens -- Adelaide's lament : stars -- Tevye's dream : tent poles -- La vie boheme : curtain: act 1 -- Intermission -- Clambake : curtain up: act 2 -- Suddenly Seymour : the candy dish -- All er nothin' : beginning to pack -- The small house of Joseph Smith, the American Moses : the main event -- I thought you did it for me, momma : the next-to-last-scene -- You can't stop the beat : the end -- Curtain call : how Woodie Guthrie, of all people, changed Broadway musicals forever -- Listening to Broadway.
Summary, etc.: Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical? In [this book], Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next.
Subject: Musicals > United States > History and criticism.
Musicals > United States > Analysis, appreciation.

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