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The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre: 1943-1965 Hardcover – 1 Apr 2011


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Naden, known primarily for her children's books, here surveys the Golden Age of musical theater, but breaks no new ground. Following a short historical overview, the book catalogs 180 musicals of the period, with each entry listing opening night data, length of run, production credits, original cast and character names, plot synopses (one paragraph each), song lists, and Tony Awards and nominations, along with one-sentence comments. Most of this information can be gleaned from standard theater reference books and the Internet Broadway Database http: //www.ibdb.com/ (CH, Jul'06, 43-6440). Naden also includes single-paragraph biographies of Broadway notables, brief entries on Golden Age theaters and awards, and a list of songs and their associated musicals. For a quick guide to Golden Age information, Naden will do, but researchers must also refer to Gerald Bordman and Richard Norton's American Musical Theatre (4th ed., 2010), Thomas Hischak's Broadway Plays and Musicals (CH, Jun'10, 47-

About the Author

Corinne J. Naden is a former U.S. Navy journalist and an author and editor of more than 100 books, including Romeo and Juliet (2009), Political Campaigns (2008), Characters in Young Adult Literature (1997), and Health Care: A Right or a Privilege? (Controversy!) (2009).

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