The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen by Ethan Mordden
The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical

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For Ethan Mordden, the closing night of the hit musical, 42nd St. sounded the death knell of the art form of the Broadway musical. After that, big orchestras, real voices, recognizable books and intelligent lyrics went out the window in favor of cats, helicopters, yodeling Frenchmen, and the roof of the Paris Opera. Mordden takes us through the aftermath of the days of the great Broadway musical. From the long-running Cats to Miss Saigon, Phantom, and Les Miserables, to gems like The Producers, he is unsparing in his look at the remains of the day. Not content to scold the shows' creators, Mordden takes on the critics, too, splaying their bodies across the Great White Way like Sweeney Todd giving a close shave. Once more, it's "curtain going up," but Mordden is not applauding.

About Ethan Mordden

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Ethan Mordden is the author of many books on the Broadway musical including One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970's (Palgrave Macmillan).
Published October 15, 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In his six previous books (One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970s, etc.), Mordden chronicled the ""Golden Age"" of musical theater, which for him is the period between 1920 and 1970.

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