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The complete book of 1980s Broadway musicals / Dan Dietz.

By: Dietz, Dan, 1945- [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]Description: xv, 511 pages ; 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781442260917; 1442260912; 9781442260924; 1442260920.DDC classification: 792.6/45097471 Summary: "For Broadway audiences of the 1980s, the decade was perhaps most notable for the so-called "British invasion." While concept musicals such as Nine and Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George continued to be produced, several London hits came to New York. In addition to shows like Chess, Me and My Girl, and Les Miserables, the decade's most successful composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was also well represented by Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Song & Dance, and Starlight Express. There were also many revivals (such as Show Boat and Gypsy), surprise hits (The Pirates of Penzance), huge hits (42nd Street), and notorious flops (Into the Light, Carrie, and Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge). In The Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1980s. In addition to including every hit and flop that debuted during the decade, this book highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sid Caesar, Barry Manilow, Jackie Mason, and Shirley MacLaine." -- Publisher's website
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-470) and index.

"For Broadway audiences of the 1980s, the decade was perhaps most notable for the so-called "British invasion." While concept musicals such as Nine and Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George continued to be produced, several London hits came to New York. In addition to shows like Chess, Me and My Girl, and Les Miserables, the decade's most successful composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was also well represented by Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Song & Dance, and Starlight Express. There were also many revivals (such as Show Boat and Gypsy), surprise hits (The Pirates of Penzance), huge hits (42nd Street), and notorious flops (Into the Light, Carrie, and Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge). In The Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1980s. In addition to including every hit and flop that debuted during the decade, this book highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sid Caesar, Barry Manilow, Jackie Mason, and Shirley MacLaine." -- Publisher's website

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

Dietz (formerly, Western Carolina Univ.) continues his examination of Broadway musicals after publishing separate volumes covering the 1940s (CH, Aug'15, 52-6193), 1950s (CH, Dec'14, 52-1736), 1960s (CH, Sep'14, 52-0010), and 1970s (CH, Aug'16, 53-5066). The 1980s installment examines 250 traditional musicals that opened during the decade, along with personality reviews, revivals, operas, and more. Entries include the hosting theater, opening and closing dates, and Tony awards or nominations. Authors and composers, production personnel, and cast are also detailed. A list of musical numbers with the principal performer follows. Some delightful commentary and unknown facts are also divulged, and Deitz provides a thorough synopsis of each show's plot as well as information about the production staff and performers. Critical reception and review references are also provided. Deitz manages to include information on cast recordings and movie or video/DVD releases--some rather rare and hard to come by--as well as information on published scripts and librettos. Numerous appendixes finish out the volume, along with a detailed index and bibliography. This volume is yet another robust addition to this collection of works covering Broadway musicals decade by decade. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. --Marc Warren Wildman, DeWitt Community Library

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dan Dietz is a former professor of composition, world literature, and modern drama at Western Carolina University. He is the author of Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007 (2010), The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals (R&L, 2014), The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals (R&L, 2014), The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals (R&L, 2015), and The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals (R&L, September 2015).

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