Bookseller Notes Price 1. The Secret Life of the American Musical makes you feel as though you’ve been there in the rehearsal room, in the front row of the theater, and in the working offices of theater owners and producers as they pursue their own love affair with that rare and elusive beast–the Broadway hit. Elements of the Musical No one person created the musical. This book addresses a variety of specific themes in musicals that serve this general function: fairy tale and fantasy, idealism and inspiration, gender and sexuality, and relationships, among others. Structured like a musical, The Secret Life of the American Musical begins with an overture and concludes with a curtain call, with stops in between for “I Want” songs, “conditional” love songs, production numbers, star turns, and finales. Log in to your personal account or through your institution. All Rights Reserved. A good case for these and similar claims is easy enough to make, given the impact of Gilbert and Sullivan on late nineteenth-century American musical comedy and of Franz Lehár a few decades later. The American Musical has long suffered from a kind of inferiority complex, with many of its critics and practitioners decrying a perceived gap in value between musicals and opera, its “high-art” counterpart. That very year,The Jazz Singerintroduced the era of the “talkies” (movies with synchronized sound),¹ which from the beginning were often as much “singies” as “talkies” (to borrow Andrew Sarris’s distinction)² and have remained partial to musicals ever since, whether through re-creating staged musical numbers or shows or through exploring ways in which film musicals could and should differ substantially from staged musicals. Broadway : the American musical Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item EMBED EMBED (for wordpress.com hosted blogs and archive.org item tags) Want … The musical, historical, and cultural influences that contributed to the development of the Broadway musical. Americans love musicals. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next–by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion–from Oklahoma! It also considers three overlapping genres that are central, in quite different ways, to the projection of personal identity: operetta, movie musicals, and operatic musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical? Ironically, in the last few decades, many shows that bring operatic sensibilities to the American-musical stage—quite often as part of the so-called British invasion—have contributed to a widespread belief that the heyday of the American musical is over (or, perhaps, “over for good,” for those who believe Broadway’s “Golden Age” ended long ago, in the mid-1960s). Airs Sundays, October 7-November 11, 10:00 p.m. In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. Nor has that success been merely commercial. Complementing the author's earlier work,The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity, this book completes a two-volume thematic history of the genre, designed for general audiences and specialists alike. Americans invented musicals. to Hamilton and onward. ©2000-2020 ITHAKA. But this deceptively simple structure cloaks an important difference between these two thematic emphases. The American Musical has sometimes been understood as the American answer to European operetta, or as an extension of the European tradition. © Copyright 2012 - 2018   |   ListFreeBooks.com, The Secret Life of the American Musical : How Broadway Shows Are Built – The presentational logic, for musical theater, is persuasive. The project of reconciling opposites has long provided narrative drama a reliable means to generate and sustain dramatic tension and has also served the more abstract dramas of instrumental music as a fundamental organizing principle (especially within what is usually called sonata form). Of the European tradition Reveal Digital™ and ITHAKA® are registered trademarks of ITHAKA chronicles the broadway musical throughout the century. 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