Table of Contents

I. THE ANTECEDENTS TO THE GENRE OF “MUSICAL THEATER.”

 

 1. The Birth of “Staged” Music.

 2. Developing Genres in the Eighteenth Century: Ballad Opera and Singspiel.

 3. Developing Genres in the Eighteenth Century: Opera Buffa and Dramma Giocoso.

 4. The Musical Stage in the American Colonies.

II. THE MUSICAL STAGE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.

 

 5. France and Spain in the Nineteenth Century.

 6. The Serious and Not-So-Serious: Italy, Germany, and Austria in the Nineteenth Century.

 7. England in the Nineteenth Century:  Gilbert and Sullivan

 8. The United States in the Early Nineteenth Century.

 9. New American Genres of the Later Nineteenth Century.

10. Operetta in America, 1880-1903.

III. DIVERGENT PATHS IN THE 20th CENTURY.

 

11. The Continuing Dominance of Operetta.

12. Challenges to Operetta.

13. The Princess Shows.

14. Increasing Drama on the Stage.

15. Musical Theater of the Lighter Kind.

IV. BEGINNINGS OF A GOLDEN AGE:  SYNTHESIS OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE.

 

16. Great Partnerships of the Early Book Musical: Kern and Hammerstein.

17. Great Partnerships of the Early Book Musical: Rodgers and Hart.

18. Great Partnerships of the Early Book Musical: The Gershwins (1).

19. Great Partnerships of the Early Book Musical: The Gershwins (2).

20. Great Solo Acts:  Irving Berlin.

21. Great Solo Acts:  Cole Porter and Other Efforts in the 1930s.

V. A GREATER MATURITY.

 

22. New Achievements from Familiar Names: Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin.

23. A Cole Porter Renaissance and the Rise of Recognition.

24. Politics and Social Commentary.

VI. NEW PARTNERSHIPS.

 

25. Rodgers and Hammerstein: Oklahoma!

26. Rodgers and Hammerstein: Carousel and South Pacific.

27. Rodgers and Hammerstein: The King and I and The Sound of Music.

28. Lerner and Loewe.

VII. NEW FACES OF THE 1940s and 1950s.

 

29. Leonard Bernstein.

30. Jule Styne and Frank Loesser.

31. Meredith Willson and Other Faces of the 1950s.

VIII. NEW FACES OF THE 1960s and 1970s.

 

32. New Names in Lights in the 1960s.

33. Sondheim in the 1960s: Flash in the Pan?

34. New Partnerships: Bock and Harnick.

35. New Partnerships: Kander and Ebb.

36. New Partnerships:  Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

37. Wunderkinder of the 1970s.

38. Sondheim in the 1970s:  The Endless Experiments.

IX. CHANGES OF APPROACH IN THE 1980s AND 1990s.

 

39. Andrew Lloyd Webber without Tim Rice:  Cats and Starlight Express.

40. The Luxuriant Lloyd Webber.

41. The New Team in Town: Schönberg and Boublil.

42. Somewhat in the Shadows.

43. Stephen Sondheim: Never a Formula.

44. New Names of the 1990s and Beyond.

45. Whither Musical Theater?

Glossary.

Index.