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Musical Theater Research Guide

Musical Theater Research Guide

Selected Bibliography and Literature Lists


Alpert, Hollis. Broadway: 125 Years of American Musical Theatre. New York: Little, Brown, 1991. ML1711.8 N3 A46 1991

Altman, Rick. The American Film Musical. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987. PN1995.9 M86 A48 1987

Atkinson, Brooks. Broadway. Revised Edition. New York: Limelight Editions, 1974. PN2277 N5 A78 1974

Banfield, Stephen. Sondheim's Broadway Musicals. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993. ML410 S6872 B3 1993

Bauch, Marc. The American Musical. Marburg: Tectum Verlag, 2002. ML1711 .B38 2003

Bauch, Marc. Themes and Topics of the American Musical after World War II. Marburg: Tectum Verlag, 2001.

Beddow, Margery. Bob Fosse's Broadway. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 1996. GV1785.F67 B43 1996

Bell, Marty. Broadway Stories: A Backstage Journey through Musical Theatre. New York: Limelight, 1993. Also issued as Backstage on Broadway: Musicals and their Makers. London: Nick Hern Books, 1994. ML1711.8 N3 B36 1993

Block, Geoffrey. Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. ML1711.8.N3 B56 1997

Bloom, Ken. American Song: The Complete Musical Theatre Companion, 1900-1984. New York: Facts on File, 1985. RMU ML128.M78 B6 1996

Bordman, Gerald. American Musical Comedy from Adonis to Dreamgirls. New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. ML1711 B66 1982

Bordman, Gerald. American Musical Revue: From The Passing Show to Sugar Babies. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Bordman, Gerald. American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle. 3rd edition. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 2001. RMU ML1711 .B67 2001

Boardman, Gerald. American Operetta from "HMS Pinafore" to "Sweeney Todd." New York: Oxford University Press, 1981. ML1900 B67

Brahms, Caryl and Ned Sherrin. Song By Song: The Lives and Work of 14 Great Lyric Writers. Egerton, Bolton, U.K.: Ross Anderson Publications, 1984. ML390 B826 1984

Bunnett, Rexton, et al. Collins Guide to Musicals. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 1997. Expanded paperback edition published 2001.

Citron, Stephen. The Musical From the Inside Out. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1992. MT67 .C54 1991

Citron, Stephen. Sondheim and Lloyd Webber: The New Musical. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. ML390 .C586 2001

Citron, Stephen. The Wordsmiths: Oscar Hammerstein 2nd and Alan Jay Lerner. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. ML403 C56 1995

DeVenney, David P. The Broadway Song Companion: An Annotated Guide to Musical Theatre Literature by Voice Type and Song Style. Lanham, MD & London: The Scarecrow Press, 1998.  RMU ML128.M78 D48 1998

Engel, Lehman. The American Musical Theater: A Consideration. [New York]: Macmillan, 1967. Revised edition published in 1975. ML1711 E5 1975

Engel, Lehman. The Making of a Musical: Creating Songs for the Stage. 2nd edition. New York: Limelight Editions, 1988. MT67 E6 1986

Engel, Lehman. Their Words are Music: The Great Theatre Lyricists and Their Lyrics. New York: Crown Publishers, 1975. ML54.6 T35

Engel, Lehman. Words with Music. New York: Schirmer Books, 1972. ML2110 E6

Everett, William A. and Paul R. Laird. The Cambridge Companion to the Musical. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ML2054 .C35 2002

Ewen, David. Complete Book of the American Musical Theater. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1958. ML1711 E9 1970 

Feuer, Jane. The Hollywood Musical. Second Edition. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Pres, 1993. PN1995.9 M86 F48 1982

Fields, Armond and L. Marc Fields. From the Bowery to Broadway. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993. PN2287 F44 F54 1993

Fiske, Roger. English Theatre Music in the Eighteenth Century. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. ML1731.3 F58

Flinn, Denny Martin. Musical!: A Grand Tour. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.

Forte, Allen. The American Popular Ballad of the Golden Era, 1924-1950. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995. ML3477 F67 1995

Frommer, Myrna Katz and Harvey Frommer. It Happened on Broadway: An Oral History of the Great White Way. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1998. PN2277.N5 I8 1998

Furia, Philip. The Poets of Tin Pan Alley. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. PS309.L8 F8 1990 

Gänzl, Kurt. The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre.  2 volumes. New York: Schirmer Books / The Gale Group,1994. RMU ML102.M88 G3 1994

Gänzl, Kurt. The Musical: A Concise History. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997. RMU ML1700 .G322 1997

Gänzl, Kurt. Song & Dance: The Complete Story of Stage Musicals. New York: Smithmark Publishers, 1995. ML2054 G36x 1995

Gagey, Edmond McAdoo. Ballad Opera. New York: Columbia University Press, 1937. Reissued 1965 by Benjamin Blom, Inc. ML1731.3 G13 B17

Gershwin, Ira. Lyrics on Several Occasions: A Selection of Stage & Screen Lyrics Written for Sundry Situations; and Now Arranged in Arbitrary Categories. To Which Have Been Added Many Informative Annotations & Disquisitions on Their Why & Wherefore, Their Whom-For, Their How; and Matters Associative. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959. ML54.6 G28 L9 1973

Gilbert, Douglas. American Vaudeville, Its Life and Times. New York: Whtitlesey House, 1940. PN1967 G5 1963

Gilbert, Douglas. Lost Chords: The Diverting Story of American Popular Songs. New York: Cooper Square Publishers, 1970. ML2811 G5 1970

Goodheart, Sandor, editor. Reading Stephen Sondheim: A Collection of Critical Essays. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 2000. ML410.S6872 R4 2000

Green, Stanley. Broadway Musicals: Show by Show. Third edition. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, 1990.ML1711 G735 1994

Green, Stanley. Encyclopaedia of the Musical Theatre. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1976. RMU ML102 M88 G7

Green, Stanley. Ring Bells, Sing Songs: Broadway Musicals of the 1930s. New Rochelle: Arlington House, 1971. ML1711.8 N3 G735

Green, Stanley, editor. Rodgers and Hammerstein Fact Book: A Record of Their Works Together and with Other Collaborators. New York: The Lynn Farnol Group, Inc., 1980. RMU MT100 R55x 1980

Green, Stanley. The World of Musical Comedy. Fourth Edition, Revised and Enlarged. South Brunswick and New York: A. S. Barnes and Company, 1980. ML1711 G74 1980

Grout, Donald Jay. A Short History of Opera. Second Edition. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. ML1700 .G83 2003

Guernsey, Otis L., Jr., editor. Broadway Song & Story: Playwrights / Lyricists / Composers Discuss Their Hits. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1985. PN2277 N5 B64 1985

Guernsey, Otis L.. Playwrights, Lyricists, Composers on Theater: The Inside Story of a Decade of Theater in articles and comments by its authors, selected from their own publication, The Dramatists Guild Quarterly. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1974. PN2266 G9

Hamm, Charles. Yesterdays: Popular Song in America. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1979. ML3477 H35

Hammerstein, Oscar, II. Lyrics. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard Books, 1985.

Henderson, Amy, and Dwight Blocker Bowers. Red, Hot, and Blue: A Smithsonian Salute to the American Musical. Washington and London: The National Portrait Gallery and The National Museum of American History, in association with the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996. RMU ML141.W3 N38 1996

Hirsch, Foster. Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989. ML429 P78 H6 1989

Hischak, Thomas S. Word Crazy: Broadway Lyricists from Cohan to Sondheim. New York: Praeger, 1991. PS309.L8 H5 1991

Hyland, William G. Richard Rodgers. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998. ML410.R6315 H95 1998 

Jarman, Douglas. Kurt Weill: An Illustrated Biography. London: Orbis Publishing, 1982. ML410 W395 J37 1982

Jasen, David A. Tin Pan Alley: The Composers, the Songs, the Performers and their Times. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc., 1988. ML3477 J34 1988

Kasha, Al, and Joel Hirschhorn. Notes on Broadway: Conversations with the Great Songwriters. Chicago: Contemporary Books, Inc., 1985.

Kislan, Richard. Hoofing on Broadway: A History of Show Dancing. New York: Prentice Hall Press, 1987.

Kislan, Richard. The Musical: A Look at the American Musical Theater. New, revised, expanded edition. New York & London: Applause Books, 1995.

Lamb, Andrew. 150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000. ML1700 .L24 2000

Laufe, Abe. Broadway's Greatest Musicals. New, illustrated, revised edition. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1977. ML1711.8 N3 L4 1970

Lerner, Alan Jay. The Musical Theatre: A Celebration. New York: Da Capo Press, 1986. ML1950 L38 1989

Lewine, Richard, and Alfred Simon. Songs of the American Theatre. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1973.

Loney, Glenn, editor. Musical Theatre in America: Papers and Proceedings of the Conference on the Musical Theatre in America. (Contributions in Drama and Theatre Studies, Number 8). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984. ML1711 C66 1981

Mandelbaum, Ken. A Chorus Line and the Musicals of Michael Bennett. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989. PN2287 B4323 M36 1989

Mandelbaum, Ken. Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991. ML1711.8 N3 M13 1991

Mast, Gerald. Can't Help Singing: The American Musical on Stage and Screen. New York: Overlook Press, 1987. ML1711 M39 1987

Mates, Julian. America's Musical Stage: Two Hundred Years of Musical Theatre. New York: Praeger, 1985. Paperback edition 1987.  ML1711 M42 1985

Miller, Scott. Deconstructing Harold Hill: An Insider's Guide to Musical Theatre. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2000. MT955 .M593 2000

Miller, Scott. From Assassins to West Side Story: A Director's Guide to Musical Theatre. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 1996. MT955 M595 1996

Miller, Scott. Rebels with Applause: Broadway's Groundbreaking Musicals. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2001.

Mitchell, Ronald E. Opera Dead or Alive: Production, Performance, and Enjoyment of Musical Theatre. Madison: The University of Wisconsin, 1970. ML1700 M5x

Mordden, Ethan. Beautiful mornin' : the Broadway musical in the 1940s. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. ML1711.8.N3 M768 1999

_______. Better Foot Forward: The History of American Musical Theatre. New York: Grossman Publishers (A Division of the Viking Press), 1976. ML1711 M7

_______. Broadway Babies: The People Who Made the American Musical. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983. M1711 M73 1983

_______. Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s. New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. ML1711.8 .N3 M77 1998

_______. Make Believe The Broadway Musical in the 1920s. New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. ML1711 .8 .N3 M77 1997

_______. One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970s. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Online access with UWM login

_______. Open a New Window: The Broadway Musical in the 1960s. New York: Palgrave, 2001. ML2054 .M67 2001

Morley, Sheridan. Spread a Little Happiness: The First Hundred Years of the British Musical. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1987. ML1731.8 L7 M67 1987

Morrow, Lee Alan. The Tony Award Book: Four Decades of Great American Theater. New York: Abbeville Press, 1987.

Porter, Steven. The American Musical Theatre: A Complete Musical Theatre Course. New York: Barclay House, 1987.

Porter, Susan L. With an Air Debonair: Musical Theatre in America, 1785-1815. Washington & London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991. ML1711 P67 1991

Prince, Hal. Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-six Years in the Theatre. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1974. PN2287 P73 A33

Riis, Thomas L. Just Before Jazz: Black Musical Theater in New York, 1890-1915. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989. ML1711.8 N3 R5 1989

_______. More than Just Minstrel Shows: The Rise of Black Musical Theatre at the Turn of the Century. (I.S.A.M. Monographs: Number 33.) Brooklyn: Institute for Studies in American Music, 1992.

Rodgers, Richard. Musical Stages: An Autobiography. New York: Da Capo Press, 1995. ML410 R6315 A3

Root, Deane L. American Popular Stage Music, 1860-1880. Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Research Press, 1981.

Rosenberg, Bernard, and Ernest Harburg. The Broadway Musical: Collaboration in Commerce and Art. New York & London: New York University Press, 1993. ML1711.8 N3 R67 1993

Rosenberg, Deena. Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin. New York: Dutton, 1991. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997. ML410 G288 R67 1991

Sampson, Henry T. Blacks in Blackface: A Source Book on Early Black Musical Shows. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1980. ML1711 S25

Sandrow, Nahma. Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1977. PN3035 S25

Schmidt-Joos, Siegfried. Das Musical. Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1965.

Smith, Cecil. Musical Comedy in America. New York: Theatre Arts Books (Robert M. MacGregor), 1950. ML1711 .S6 1991

Stein, Charles W., editor. American Vaudeville As Seen By Its Contemporaries. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984. PN1968 U5 A4 1984

Steyn, Mark. Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now. New York: Routledge, 1999. ML1711.8 .N3 S74 1999

Sturman, Janet L. Zarzuela: Spanish Operetta, American Stage. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2000. ML1950 .S78 2000

Suskin, Steven. Opening Night on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Golden Era of the Musical Theatre, Oklahoma! (1943) to Fiddler on the Roof (1964). New York: Schirmer Books, 1990. RMU ML1711.8 .N3 S9 1990

_______. More Opening Nights on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Musical Theatre, 1965-1981. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997. RMU ML1711.8 .N3 M8 1997

_______. Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers. Revised and Expanded Third Edition. New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. RMU ML128 .M78 S86 2000

Sutherland, Susan. Teach Yourself About Musicals. Lincolnwood, Illinois: NTC./ Contemporary Publishing, 1998.

Swain, Joseph P. The Broadway Musical: A Critical and Musical Survey. Second Edition. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. ML2054 .S93 2002

Toll, Robert C. Blacking Up: The Minstrel Show in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974. ML1711 .T64

Traubner, Richard. Operetta: A Theatrical History. Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday & Company, 1983. ML1900 T7 1983

Walsh, Michael. Andrew Lloyd Webber, His Life and Works: A Critical Biography. Revised and Enlarged Edition. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997. ML410 .L78 W3 1997

Wilder, Alec. American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950. London & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972. ML3551 .W54

Woll, Allen. Black Musical Theatre From Coontown to Dreamgirls. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989. ML1711 W64 1989

Zadan, Craig. Sondheim & Co.: The Authorized, behind-the-scenes story of the making of Stephen Sondheim's musicals. Second Edition. New York: Harper & Row, 1986. ML410 S6872 Z2

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