Published in 1987, this is as the title suggests, a cursory view of the english endeavour to replicate the Broadway phenomenon.
Morley begins with the after-effects of Gilbert & Sullivan and the Edwardian theatrical varieties that littered London, bringing us to date in the spectacle-ridden musicals of the mid 80s. Some choice photographs flavour the book and even if you disagree with Morley's opinions (particularly his over-rating of Les Miserables and the masterpiece status he bestows on it) there is plenty to enjoy in the way of personal opinion.
He foresaw the artistic end of the musical form with shows like Starlight Express, and pulls no punches in estimating the wasteland left when the scenery is determined to over-envelope the show. Plenty of obscure operettas rub shoulders with Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Vivian Ellis and Sandy Wilson.