By Ethan Mordden
Anything is going stages a grand revue of the musical from the 1700s via to the current day, narrated in Mordden's famously witty, scholarly, and conversational variety. He areas us in a naked practice session room because the solid of Oklahoma! adjustments historical past through psychoanalyzing the plot within the maximum of the musical's many Dream Ballets. And he offers us tickets for orchestra seats on starting night-raising the curtain at the pleasures of Victor Herbert's The pink Mill and the fun of Porgy and Bess. Mordden examines the track, after all, but additionally extra overlooked parts. Dance used to be regarded as the most important as tune; he follows it from the 19th century's zany hoofing to faucet "combinations" of the Twenties, from the injection of ballet and smooth dance within the Nineteen Thirties and '40s to the thoughts of Bob Fosse. He additionally explores the altering constitution of musical comedy and operetta, and the evolution of the position of the megastar. Fred Stone, the avuncular Scarecrow within the Wizard of oz., seldom various his performing from half to half; however the flexible Ethel Merman became the headlining position inside of out in Gypsy, enjoying a personality who used to be egocentric, fierce, and destructive.
From "ballad opera" to burlesque, from Fiddler at the Roof to hire, the background and lore of the musical unfolds right here in a functionality beneficial of a status ovation.
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Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre by Ethan Mordden