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Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Robert L. McLaughlin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496808554
eISBN:
9781496808592
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

From West Side Story in 1957 to Road Show in 2008, the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and his collaborators have challenged the conventions of the American musical theater and expanded the ... More


Into the Woods

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter is about Into the Woods (1987) which features three interlocking fairytales; it appears to be the richest and most integrated work of the Sondheim-Lapine era. It consists of a ... More


Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Geoffrey Block

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

What was the inspiration for Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey, or Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel? Why is Marias impassioned final speech in West Side Story spoken, rather than sung? This book offers ... More


When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Ethan Mordden

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199395408
eISBN:
9780199395439
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

As historians have begun to consider the movie musical along with the stage musical, this book explores just how influential such writers as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, ... More


Stephen Sondheim: Born: March 22, 1930, New York, New York

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0023
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Stephen Sondheim. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Sondheim moved at the age ... More


West Side Story: The Very Model of a Major Musical

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

West Side Story, a collaboration of four extraordinary individuals Jerome Robbins (choreographer and director), Arthur Laurents (librettist), Leonard Bernstein (composer), and ... More


Assassins

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter looks at Assassins (1990). This piece is a revue about the motives of American president killers, and is depicted as one of Sondheim's most overtly tuneful works. It was a physically ... More


The Frogs

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses one Sondheim's works. The Frogs (1974) was a play with music, which Sondheim describes as one of the few deeply unpleasant professional experience he has had. Its 2004 ... More


The Birth of Modern Gay Theater and the Subtext of Company

Elizabeth L. Wollman

in Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199747481
eISBN:
9780199979417
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747481.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Chapter 2 focuses on the rise of the gay rights movement, the Caffe Cino scene, and the growth and development of the Off Off Broadway scene through the late 1960s. The play The Boys in the Band and ... More


Instructions to the Audience

Robert L. McLaughlin

in Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496808554
eISBN:
9781496808592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter establishes the overlapping contexts of the exhaustion of the Rodgers and Hammerstein-style musical and postmodernism and places Sondheim’s work within them. It begins by offering a ... More


Opening Doors

Robert L. McLaughlin

in Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496808554
eISBN:
9781496808592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines Sondheim’s musicals from West Side Story to Company. West Side Story and Gypsy mark both an apotheosis of the Rodgers and Hammerstein aesthetic and an introduction of postmodern ... More


With So Little to Be Sure Of

Robert L. McLaughlin

in Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496808554
eISBN:
9781496808592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines Sondheim’s musicals of the 1970s, all concerned with the problematization of narrative as an epistemological and ontological structure and the possibilities for detaching ... More


Take Me to the World

Robert L. McLaughlin

in Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496808554
eISBN:
9781496808592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines Sondheim’s plays from Sunday in the Park with George to Road Show. While still engaging in the postmodern interrogation of knowledge and the limits of representation, these ... More


His Shows Must Go On

Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

in Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813160887
eISBN:
9780813165530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.003.0023
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explains how Ziegfeld became an icon for generations to come through the lavish biopic The Great Ziegfeld (1936). Burke is an adviser on the set of the film and is now working at MGM. ... More


The Sondheim Handbook

Ethan Mordden

in Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199892839
eISBN:
9780199367696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892839.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter first considers the work of Stephen Sondheim, including Company, Follies, A Little Night of Music, and Pacific Overtures. It then describes the advent of rock musicals, the first ... More


Positions and Polemics

Robert Brustein

in Millennial Stages: Essays and Reviews 2001-2005

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300115772
eISBN:
9780300135367
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300115772.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses how the events during 9/11 have forever destroyed the innocence of Americans, as well as their craving for art and entertainment. For three or four days after September 11th, ... More


Summary and Conclusion

in Art and Pluralism: Lawrence Alloway's Cultural Criticism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846316456
eISBN:
9781846316708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846316456.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

For Lawrence Alloway, the 1960s was ‘a period of exceptional high pressure, affluence, creativity, [and] confidence’, which was in stark contrast to the 1970s. This changed outlook in art was implied ... More


On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Ethan Mordden

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Stephen Sondheim’s Company appeared in 1970, and the American musical theatre has never been the same. The adventures of a bachelor and his married friends, Company exploded the musical’s traditional ... More


Losing My Timing This Late in My Career: The Rock Scene and the Middle of the Road for Broadway

Laurence Maslon

in Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780199832538
eISBN:
9780190620424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199832538.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

By the early 1970s, Broadway music would be branded “middle of the road,” but the expressway of popular music left little, if any, room for the show music for an earlier or current generation. ... More


Follies

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter talks about another of Sondheim's musicals: Follies (1971). Follies is described as an epic in miniature and, like Allegro (1947), a work that polarized audiences' reaction from ... More


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