American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle
Call Number: UCF Main Library Reference - 2nd Floor -- ML 1711.B67 2001
"With this expanded and updated third edition, theatre-lovers can possess, in one volume, a comprehensive survey of American musical theatre, from (probably) the first musical performed on American soil - the 1735 South Carolina production of "Flora, or Hob in the Well" - right up to the 1999-2000 Broadway season. Spanning more than 250 years and covering a wide spectrum of musical entertainments - musical comedy, revues, opera bouffe, operetta, and others - this new edition extends its reach to include productions typically overlooked in works of this kind. Bordman incorporates into this edition entries on numerous non-Broadway musicals - productions from Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and elsewhere - that often were the training ground for many theatre greats, as well as entries on one-man and one-woman shows of recent decades. And in addition to providing show-by-show and season-by-season commentary and assessment, Bordman offers authoritative summaries of the general artistic trends and developments of each season, allowing readers to gain a larger perspective on the history of musical theatre. Song, show, and people indexes, along with the chronological format, enhance the book's accessibility and make it easy to search for individual performances."