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All That Jazz: The Rhetoric of American Musical Theater

PWR 2WG - Fall 2015 - Instructor: Goldberg, W.
Last Updated: 25-Sep-2015

A guide to resources for PWR 2WG: All That Jazz: The Rhetoric of American Musical Theater.  Course topics include: the conventions and strategies that define the genre of American musical theater, analyzing how contemporary musicals mirror, revise, and even subvert these traditional rules while addressing a range of current issues.

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Background/Reference Sources

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also available online from Oxford Reference online (see below)

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Search these reference sources all at once:
The Oxford Companion to the American Musical; The Oxford Companion to American Theatre; The Oxford Dictionary of Dance; The International Encyclopedia of Dance; The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music; The Oxford Companion to Music ; A Dictionary of Opera Characters ; The Grove Book of Opera Singers; The Grove Book of Operas; The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera; Encyclopedia of Popular Music; The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare; The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance; The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance; The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre.

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Chronologies

Norton, Richard C. A Chronology of American Musical Theater. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Productions are listed chronologically by season, from 1750 through 2001-01. Includes essential information about the work, lists musical numbers, and cast.  A show index helps locate a work within the chronology. Songs and people are indexed separately.

Bordman, Gerald Martin. American Musical Theatre : a Chronicle. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. (2001 edition available online.)

Year-to-year account of the musical theatre from its origins-2010, with indexes of shows, songs, and people.

Green, Stanley. Broadway Musicals: Show by Show. ; revised and updated by Kay Green. 6th ed. New York: Applause Theater & Cinema Books, 2008.  

Arranged chronologically, serves as a history, guide, fact book and photograph album of the most memorable productions presented both on and off Broadway from 1866-2007.

 Green, Stanley. Hollywood Musicals: Year by Year. Revised and updated by Elaine Schmidt. Milwaukee, WI: H. Leonard Pub; Corp., c1999.

A history, guide, fact book and photograph album of 300 major musical productions, from 1927’s Jazz Singer to 1999’s Tarzan.

Gänzl, Kurt. The British Musical Theatre. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

            Year-by-year survey of British light musical theatre,from 1865-1984.

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