- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (18 May 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500013985
- ISBN-13: 978-0500013984
- Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 19.6 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spread a Little Happiness: First Hundred Years of the British Musical Hardcover – 18 May 1987
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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.
The book features an incredible array of production photos from shows - famous and
obscure. For anyone with any interest in British musical theater, it's a must.