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Author Sternfeld, Jessica, 1971-

Title The megamusical / Jessica Sternfeld.

Publication Info. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2006]


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    792.6 STE    Available
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Description xi, 441 pages : music ; 25 cm.
text txt rdacontent
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Series Profiles in popular music
Profiles in popular music.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-434) and index.
Contents "Why'd you choose such a backward time and such a strange land?" : Jesus Christ Superstar -- "Humming the scenery" : the megamusical ascending -- "Well, the theatre is certainly not what it was" : Cats -- "To love another person is to see the face of God" : Les misérables -- "The angel of music sings songs in my head" : The phantom of the Opera -- "A model of decorum and tranquility" : other megamusicals in the 1980s -- "New music" : the megamusical in the 1990s -- "Everything is show biz" : the megamusical and Broadway in the twenty-first century.
Summary Sternfeld discusses the history of the megamusical, examining both its internal, performative qualities and its external market reception to reveal why they are so popular. Sternfeld concentrates on two of the most successful megamusicals: Lloyd Webber's Cats, the longest-running musical on Broadway, and Schonberg and Boublil's Les Miserables, the most popular and internationally successful piece of musical theater of all time. Each of these musicals receives in-depth treatment, including an examination of their creation and reception histories as well as an analysis of their scores and staging. Finally, she discusses several other megamusicals of the 1980s and 1990s, with an eye toward their competition and influence in other musical theatre genres.
Subject Musicals -- History and criticism.
Other Form: Online version: Sternfeld, Jessica, 1971- Megamusical. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2006 (OCoLC)639595015
ISBN 0253347939 (cloth)
9780253347930 (cloth)

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