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American musicals, 1950-1969 : the complete books & lyrics of eight Broadway classics / Laurence Maslon, editor.

Publication:
New York, N.Y. : The Library Of America, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 733 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Series:
Library of America ; 254.
The Library of America ; 254
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Subjects:
Musicals -- Librettos.
Musicals -- United States.
Summary:
In this second volume of a two-volume collector's edition, The Library of America presents eight enduring masterpieces showcasing the genre's glorious mid-century flowering and and its response to the turbulent 1960s. Based on new research, the complete libretto of each musical is presented in its Broadway opening night version, making these beloved cultural treasures available as never before. The texts are supplemented with additional song lyrics, biographical sketches of the musicals' creators, original cast lists, detailed accounts of each show's sources and production history, textual and explanatory notes, and full-color portfolios of illustrations featuring posters and photographs from each musical's original Broadway run. This volume showcases eight enduring works from the genre's Golden Age: Guys and Dolls (1950) by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling, and Abe Burrows brings Damon Runyon's gamblers and chorus girls to vivid life; The Pajama Game (1954) by George Abbott, Richard Bissell, Richard Adler, and Jerry Ross offers a lighthearted take on the relations between capital and labor; My Fair Lady (1956), Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's glittering adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, a box-office sensation that elevated the tone of the American musical; Gypsy (1959) by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, and Stephen Sondheim embraces the relentless ambitions of the ultimate stage mother to frame a poignant look at the vanishing traditions of vaudeville; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962) by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, and Stephen Sondheim, a joyously farcical romp set in ancient Rome; the heartbreaking Fiddler on the Roof (1964) by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick, based on Sholem Aleichem's haunting tales of life and changing times in a Russian shtetl; Cabaret (1966) by Joe Masteroff, John Kander, and Fred Ebb, which views a political crisis through the prism of a Weimar nightclub; and the playfully irreverent 1776 (1969) by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards, a brilliantly drawn character study of the Founding Fathers on the eve of Independence [Publisher description]
Contents:
Introduction
Guys and dolls / music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
The pajama game / book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
My fair lady / adaptation and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe
Gypsy / book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum / book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Fiddler on the roof / book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Cabaret / book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb
1776 / book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Additional lyrics
Biographical notes
Broadway production notes
Note on the texts
Notes
Sources and acknowledgments.
Contributor:
Maslon, Laurence, editor.
Lerner, Alan Jay, 1918-1986, lyricist.
Laurents, Arthur, librettist.
Ebb, Fred, lyricist.
Contains:
Loesser, Frank, 1910-1969. Guys and dolls.
Adler, Richard, 1921-2012. Pajama game.
Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. My fair lady.
Styne, Jule, 1905-1994. Gypsy.
Sondheim, Stephen. Funny thing happened on the way to the forum.
Bock, Jerry. Fiddler on the roof.
Kander, John. Cabaret.
Edwards, Sherman. 1776.
ISBN:
1598532596
9781598532593
OCLC:
861479131