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1st Edition

Fifty Key Stage Musicals

ISBN 9780367444426
Published March 31, 2022 by Routledge
324 Pages

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Book Description

This volume in the Routledge Key Guides series provides a round-up of the fifty musicals whose creations were seminal in altering the landscape of musical theater discourse in the English-speaking world.

Each entry summarises a show, including a full synopsis, discussion of the creators' process, show's critical reception, and its impact on the landscape of musical theater.

This is the ideal primer for students of musical theater – its performance, history, and place in the modern theatrical world – as well as fans and lovers of musicals.

Table of Contents

1. The Black Crook by Sebastian Trainor

2. HMS Pinafore by Richard and Rupert Holmes

3. The Merry Widow by Andrew Child

4. Shuffle Along by Jerrell L. Henderson

5. Show Boat by Benjamin Nissen

6. Of Thee I Sing by Laura Frankos

7. Anything Goes by Scott Miller

8. Porgy and Bess by Isaiah Wooden

9. The Cradle Will Rock by Johanna Pinzler

10. Pal Joey by Laurence Maslon

11. Oklahoma by Kevin David Thomas

12. Guys and Dolls by Thomas S. Hischak

13. The Threepenny Opera by Lauren Mack

14. My Fair Lady by Peter Filichia

15. West Side Story by Jennifer Delac

16. Gypsy by Robert W. Schneider

17. The Fantasticks by David Arthur

18. Hello Dolly by Phillip Fazio

19. Fiddler on the Roof by Beth Burrier

20. Cabaret by Bruce Kimmel

21. Hair by Wes Drummond

22. Promises, Promises by David Spencer

23. Company by Rick Pender

24. No No Nanette (1971) by Robert W. Schneider

25. The Wiz by David Ward

26. A Chorus Line by Ron Fassler

27. Annie by Charles Kirsch

28. Sweeney Todd by Alison Morooney

29. Ain’t Misbehavin by Richard Dueñez Morrison

30. Dreamgirls by Bill Russell

31. Cats by Stephen Mo Hanan

32. La Cage Aux Folles by Robert W. Schneider

33. Les Miserables by Robert Meffe

34. The Phantom of the Opera by Susan Russell

35. Miss Saigon by Jeanmarie Higgins

36. The Secret Garden by Elizabeth Bonjean

37. Falsettos by Jack Lechner

38. Beauty and the Beast by Eden Hildebrand

39. Grease (1994) by Mark Madama

40. Rent by Jordan Dragutsky

41. Seussical by Nathan Brewer

42. The Producers by Kasey RT Graham

43. Mamma Mia by Malcolm Womack

44. Wicked by Lauren Haughton Gillis

45. Jersey Boys by Jamie Buxton

46. In The Heights by Devon Hunt

47. Next to Normal by Joe Dziemianowicz

48. Fun Home by Courtney Laine Self

49. Hamilton by W. Jerome Stevenson

50. Dear Evan Hansen by Frederick D. Miller

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Robert W. Schneider is an associate professor of musical theater, literature, and criticism as well as serving on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University’s Musical Theatre department.

Shannon Agnew is a freelance director working with industry professionals and students to create creatively affirming, socially responsible, and innovative theatrical experiences. As a writer, she creates theater for young audiences and docu-drama shows to raise awareness of LGBTQ+, feminist, and social justice issues.