The musical is now seen as central to American culture, not only in the conventional sense, but also because of its decades-long negotiations between high and low culture, which many find emblematic of the United States itself. Showtime is the culmination of decades of painstaking research on a genre whose forms have changed over the course of two centuries. I will discuss two examples: Carousel and Gypsy. Should be in the library of every drama department everywhere. Unfortunately, the cultural changes of the 1960s would greatly affect theater as well as the area that was home to Broadway theater. This is probably for the best, since the book is already a very heavy tome.
To buy this book at the lowest price,. Overall, Stempel wrote a sensational, satisfying history of musical theater and for any person who is even remotely interested in Broadway, this is a must read. After that, it picks up. In the preface, Stempel tells us that he began working on the book in the late 1970's and has been doing so ever since. But I still wish the book were more engagingly written and less dry. Showtime brings the history of Broadway musicals to life in a narrative as engaging as the subject itself.
My only problem with this book is that surprisingly little time is devoted to the performers who have devoted their lives to this art form. I like the way the book is organized, with 3-4 musicals per chapter used as examples--often in great detail. It was during the 20th century that the were established, in 1947. First let me explain what this book is not. Many of the 105 carefully selected black-and-white illustrations are surprising and revelatory. .
As I embarked on the journey of this book, I had my doubts that I could get through this exhaustive 685-page academia-base history, but Stempel supported my way with fascinating facts, historical juxtapositions and just enough Broadway scandal to move things along. Charles Fechter, Fanny Davenport, Tommaso Salvini and Henry Irving were other famous Shakespearean actors. Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater by Larry Stempel A definitive, accessible, and comprehensive history of the Broadway musical. Stempel describes the Broadway stage with vivid accounts of the performers drawn to it, and detailed portraits of the creators who wrote the music, lyrics, and stories for its shows, both beloved and less well known. It is also the longest running show to have premiered on Broadway. Additionally, the music of the infiltrated theater and did not tend to favor shows with a plot but instead showcased the lead actor or actresses. Stempel describes the Broadway stage with vivid accounts of the performers drawn to it and detailed portraits of the creators who wrote the music, lyrics, and stories for its shows, both beloved and less well known.
It is perhaps more than some want to know about this art form, and yet if one is to really understand it, the amount of detail provided is extremely helpful. Although still only a fledgling, it has established secure habitats in several fields over the past decade, as musicals have attracted the attention of insightful scholars working across the academy and beyond. A century and a half of entertainment is a vast amount of ground to cover, but Stempel is the ideal tour guide. One of the premier nightspots in New York was , a theater located at Prince and Broadway street. The book is aimed at fans of musical theatre who want to learn more about the history of the form.
Beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849, Larry Stempel traces the growth of musicals from minstrel shows and burlesques, through the golden age of Show Boat and Oklahoma! I've given a lot of thought to many of the issues discussed in the final part, but Stempel's writing caused me to connect these issues with the overall history, therefore deepening my understanding of them. Lyricist Hammerstein won awards for writing the lyrics for Oklahoma! He covers many areas of American musical theater besides Broadway a I have to admit, I thought this book was going to be dry. He lives in Mount Vernon, New York. Stempel does a really comprehensive job of putting it all in context. Stempel does a really comprehensive job of putting it all in context.
He clearly knows his stuff and that shows in the choices he makes while reading. The result is nothing short of the most comprehensive, authoritative history of the Broadway musical yet published. In short, the book served it's purpose and was exactly what I required from a textbook. Book Summary: The title of this book is Showtime and it was written by. Beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849, Larry Stempel traces the growth of musicals from minstrel shows and burlesques, through the golden age of Show Boat and Oklahoma! The longest running plays on Broadway are typically musicals, with more than 100 different musicals that have all run for more than 1,000 performances. In this respect, it is an incredibly valuable book.
Important contributions in staging are not ignored either. Many theaters were located near Madison square with the heart of Broadway located at Union Square. Showtime evinces but little trace of this recent work. I love this book and give it as a gift frequently to fellow lover's of musical theatre. This riot separated theater in New York as the upper classes attended the opera, the middle class attended melodramas and minstrel shows and the working class attended the variety shows. I love the opinion-laden books of Ethan Mordden, but am always aware that I am reading a very particular viewpoint. Opera on Broadway ; Broadway opera ; West Side Story ; The great American showshop.
In 1849 the Astor Place Theatre opened and a riot occurred when the lower class audience that frequented the Bowery took offense to the snobbery of the upper-class audiences that attended the Astor. But Stempel travels outside the theater doors as well, to illuminate the wider world of musical theater as a living genre shaped by the forces of American history and culture. All in all, a very comprehensive history of American musical theater and a good non fiction read. He reveals not only how musicals entertain their audiences but also how they serve as barometers of social concerns and bearers of cultural values. A performance to be held on Broadway is a mark of success that is considered to be the highest level attainable for commercial theater. Rice, Lloyd Webber, and rock opera ; Mackintosh and the megamusical ; Disney and the movical -- Another Broadway.
As the development of theaters took place, changes in infrastructure were pivotal. Beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849, Stempel traces the growth of musicals from minstrel shows and burlesques, through the golden age of Show Boat and Oklahoma! Some of the most popular shows include Naught Marietta, The Red Mill, and Babes in Toyland. Some of the top contributors were the Theatrical Syndicate, which was an organization formed in 1896 by six men associated with the theater in various parts of the U. However, the opening anecdote had me interested. This heavy volume is clearly a labor of love, and I know of no other recent book that provides so much information on the subject.