Monday, March 16, 2009
Musical Theatre: A History
John Kenrick // Continuum International Publishing Group // 424pp
Like every art form, musical theatre has been changing and evolving since its inception more than 2000 years ago. Musical Theatre is a comprehensive history of stage musicals from the earliest accounts of ancient Greeks and Romans, for whom songs were common elements in staging. Musical theatre we know today first appeared in Paris during 1840s with Jacques Offenbach’s and eventually all the way up to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Broadway as we know today. The 21st century has also brought a popular new wave of musicals to Broadway stage.
John Kenrick covers it all, from the opening number to the curtain call, offering readers the most comprehensive, entertaining and up-to-date history of the art form.