Hollywood Musicals, the Film Reader

Author: Steven Cohan
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415235594
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 212
View: 3014
Articles examine the musical in relation to its generic form and conventions, the relationship between narrative and spectacle, gender and feminist analysis, camp production and reception, stardom, and the representation of race and ethnicity. Includes essays by: Rick Altman, Lucie Arbuthnot and Gail Seneca, Carol Clover, Steven Cohan, Richard Dyer, Jane Feuer, Patricia Mellencamp, Linda Mizejewski, Shari Roberts, Pamela Robertson, Michael Rogin, Martin Rubin and Matthew Tinkcom.


Hollywood and Beyond
Author: Bill Marshall,Robynn Stilwell,Robynn Jeananne Stilwell
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 9781841500034
Category: Music
Page: 187
View: 1628
The profound influence of the Hollywood musical across geographical and cultural boundaries has long been neglected. This original collection of essays seeks to initiate a new critical debate by approaching classic Hollywood films from perspectives such as 'musicology'. Broadening the scope of previous studies, this volume also examines the manner in which European cinema appropriated the musical to create new meanings. It provides an innovative reading of the influence of the musical on youth culture, and its endorsement in modern dance movies and the music video. The volume covers the themes of: • Music and Structure • Classical Hollywood Musical Cinematic Practice • Star Texts • European Musical Forms • Minority Identities • Youth Cultures This is an entertaining and valuable text for students on degree courses in Film and Music. Thought-provoking and authoritative, it will also be a welcome resource for those researching and teaching in the area.

Sondheim's Broadway Musicals

Author: Stephen Banfield
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472080830
Category: Music
Page: 453
View: 6102
The first in-depth look at the work and career of one of the most important figures in the history of musical theater.

Hollywood Musicals Year by Year

Author: Stanley Green
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780634007651
Category: Music
Page: 392
View: 5739
A chronologically arranged reference book on the Hollywood musical, with each entry including pertinent facts about a film and a brief essay about the plot and production. Includes hundreds of black & white stills.

Broadway's Prize-winning Musicals

An Annotated Guide for Libraries and Audio Collectors
Author: Leo N. Miletich
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781560242888
Category: Music
Page: 255
View: 6264
Broadway's Prize-Winning Musicals is an indispensable guide for collectors of audio recordings of Broadway's award-winning musicals. It presents, for the first time in one volume, shows that were recipients of Tony Awards, New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, or Grammy Awards. Also featured are the recordings of shows selected on the more subjective basis of listening enjoyment or budgetary considerations. This comprehensive approach helps librarians and fans compile a well-balanced collection by providing as diverse a selection of musical styles as possible, always keeping in mind the historical and artistic importance of individual shows, scores, or performances. A fascinating introduction to recorded musicals, it provides a select listing of the best and most readily available award-winning shows representing the entire span of the genre's history. The first volume ever to organize Broadway musicals into groups by major musical awards, this guide is an essential tool for libraries with audio visual departments, audio collectors, music fans, critics, performers, producers, and patrons of the arts. Some of the intriguing information found in this book includes: a handy checklist of titles, record labels, and inventory numbers plot summaries, cast lists, key song titles, positive and negative reviews, composer information, background information, and notations on any film versions of the show the unique contributions of such Broadway greats as Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, and many others a guide to finding out-of-print recordings a bibliography of musical histories and biographies of composers a guide to recorded anthologies In addition to being a user-friendly guide to collecting recorded shows, Broadway's Prize-Winning Musicals also serves as a basic reference work on the musical theater, its history, and its most honored productions. Readers are treated to a history of the genre through its annual award ceremonies, providing a unique overview as well as an impartial means of selecting and building a core collection of representative shows for home or library. The scope of shows included ranges from the earliest operettas through to the most recent award-winners. All of the most well-known and critically acclaimed shows are included in this delightful book, such as A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, West Side Story, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Evita, Kiss Me, Kate, The King and I, My Fair Lady, plus many, many more. Light and user-friendly language makes the volume accurate without being pedantic, knowledgeable without being dry, and equally accessible to both established collectors and beginners.

Little Musicals for Little Theatres

A Reference Guide to the Musicals that Don't Need Chandeliers Or Helicopters to Succeed
Author: Denny Martin Flinn
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780879103217
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 293
View: 6970
"In each entry you will find a synopsis of the musical, its cast size, a list of musical numbers, and Flinn's professional comments on the advantages and disadvantages of producing the show. Flinn also provides licensing information, production notes, photos of many of the plays that give you a look at production requirements, commentary, and statistics on the number of performances that reveal just how successful the original production was. Appendixes include contact information for licensing organizations, authors, composers, and lyricists, and an index offers quick access to individual titles." "If you're planning to produce a little musical, or simply want a quick-reference guide, you need this book."--BOOK JACKET.

The Magic of Middle School Musicals

Inspire Your Students to Learn, Grow, and Succeed
Author: Victor V. Bobetsky
Publisher: R&L Education
ISBN: 1578869811
Category: Music
Page: 128
View: 4900
Working on a musical is exciting for students, teachers, and the entire middle school community! As the first musical theater book especially for middle school productions, The Magic of Middle School Musicals provides a step-by-step guide for success. Bobetsky approaches planning and producing musicals in the context of a curricular unit of study and includes strategies for assessing student learning. Dr. Victor V. Bobetsky, a former New York City middle school music teacher, begins with advice on how to select a musical, obtain copyright permission, and arrange the music for middle school voices. He discusses strategies for teaching the music in the choral classroom, auditioning, casting, and rehearsal procedures. Practical suggestions show directors how to work with student actors, create choreography, and manage scenery, set design, costumes, lighting, and more. The Magic of Middle School Musicals gives music teachers the information and confidence they need to artistically adapt musicals from the American repertoire to the middle school level so that teachers, students, and audiences can experience and enjoy this unique, familiar, and musically expressive genre!

The First Hollywood Musicals

A Critical Filmography of 171 Features, 1927 through 1932
Author: Edwin M. Bradley
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786420292
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 400
View: 2492
As Hollywood entered the sound era, it was rightly determined that the same public fascinated by the novelty of the talkie would be dazzled by the spectacle of a song and dance film. In 1929 and 1930, film musicals became the industry's most lucrative genre--until the greedy studios almost killed the genre by glutting the market with too many films that looked and sounded like clones of each other. From the classy movies such as Sunnyside Up and Hallelujah! to failures such as The Lottery Bride and Howdy Broadway, this filmography details 171 early Hollywood musicals. Arranged by subgenre (backstagers, operettas, college films, and stage-derived musical comedies), the entries include studio, release date, cast and credits, running time, a complete song list, any recordings spawned by the film, Academy Award nominations and winners, and availability on video or laserdisc. These data are followed by a plot synopsis, including analysis of the film's place in the genre's history. Includes over 90 photographs.

American Film Musical Themes and Forms

Author: Michael Dunne
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786483372
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 223
View: 5917
The musical has been called “the most popular form of entertainment in the world.” This work examines the subjects, themes, and contemporary relevance of Hollywood musicals through their long popularity, placing each show in historical and political context and analyzing it in detail. A chapter is devoted to how Golddiggers of 1933 (1933) and Stand Up and Cheer (1934) deal with the economic crises of the Depressions. Another addresses race issues by examining the prevalence of blackface minstrelsy in the 1930s and 1940s, looking at productions like Swing Time (1936) and Dixie (1943). Rock and roll culture, which started in the 1950s and threatened America with teenage sex and rebellion, is addressed through such hits as Girl Crazy (1943), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Grease (1978). The work also explores dance as a signifier of character, the geography of musicals (such as New York or “the South”), fantasy settings, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and the musical biopic (mentioning biographies of such figures as Ziegfeld, Cohan, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern). A later chapter discusses intertextuality in such shows as Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which refers to many earlier musicals; Kiss Me Kate (1953) which refers to Taming of the Shrew; and All That Jazz (1970) which refers to the life and work of Bob Fosse. The work concludes with an examination of the continuing popularity of the musical with such hits as Moulin Rouge (2001) and Chicago (2002). Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.


Directing School and Community Theatre
Author: Robert Boland,Paul Argentini
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0810833239
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 202
View: 5333
This introduction to the art of directing musical productions shows all the steps and stages involved from beginning to end