150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre by Andrew Lamb

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From the Parisian operettas of Jacques Offenbach in the 1850s to such current blockbuster musicals as Les Miserables and Rent, musical theatre has given joy to audiences throughout the world. This lively book - an illustrated history of popular musical theatre - provides a compendium of fascinating details about the origins and development of the genre over a century and a half. Andrew Lamb moves from country to country, showing how different cultures interpreted and were influenced by different types of musical theatre. He examines, for example, the development of the European operetta style from French and Viennese woks to such lesswell-known schools as the Spanish zarzuela. He also traces the evolution of English-language works from the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and American vaudevilles and extravaganzas to the latest Broadway and West End musicals. For each significant work he provides a brief description of the plot and references to the principal musical numbers. While his focus is on composers, librettists, and lyricists, he also gives information about principal performers, directors, and other creative influences. In a masterful way he conveys the differences between works of the same composer and works by various composers, and shows how they reflect changing cultural tastes and musical and dramatic conventions. Displaying a deep and wide-ranging expertise, this authoritative book is an invaluable resource for all lovers of the musical theatre.

About Andrew Lamb

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Lamb is a British musicologist, writer, and broadcaster who is well known as an authority on operetta and musicals.
Published March 1, 2001 by Yale University Press. 352 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre Andrew Lamb Yale University Press £30, pp390 Buy it at a discount at BOL Music originated among the singing spheres and ever since has been drifting down to ground, gravitationally tugged towards the raucous, unharmonious human world.

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Both informed and engaging, 150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre by British musicologist Andrew Lamb traces the development of modern musical theater from its beginnings in Paris roughly a century and a half ago to productions seen today on Broadway, in New York's East Village and the West End of...

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