Journals Higher Education



Published: 09 September 2015

448 Pages | 90

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195379600

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American Musical Theater

First Edition

James Leve

  • Examination of standard repertory through an artistic, historical, and cultural understanding: Instead of introducing one "great work" after another in chronological order, Leve highlights key musicals from the standard repertory in order to guide students through an artistic, historical, and cultural understanding of the musical theater genre
  • Case studies-central musical examples in each chapter, supported by plot synopses, historical background, relevant biographical information, and analyses-provide students with a lens through which to explore themes and developments in the evolution of musical theater
  • "And Bear in Mind" sections at the conclusion of each chapter introduce musicals that complement or contrast the primary case study to provide additional perspective
  • Sixty-seven historic images, with sixteen in full color, bring the vitality and vibrancy of Broadway to the classroom
  • Twenty-two musical examples--at least one in each chapter, accompanied by short analyses--enhance the reading for students and focus on pieces from the standard repertory for which scores and recordings are relatively easy to access online or through school libraries
  • A free, open-access companion website at offers a Spotify playlist featuring all examples in the text that are available through that service, plus an annotated bibliography and biographical sketches of key figures mentioned in the text.

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