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Coming up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s Paperback – November 26, 2000
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Mordden praises Guys and Dolls--"a classic" and My Fair Lady--"it's culturally imperative ... capitalism at its best." Lenny Bernstein's Candide is the "uniquely influential title" of the 1950s, "perhaps the last crucial revolutionary development in the musical's history." All this praise is lovingly spelled out in chapters that dwell on the productions themselves in a chunky narrative cluttered with an insider's look behind the scenes. Mordden's book forces readers to rethink much of what they know about the Broadway musical and to listen, and listen again, to their favorite soundtracks. --Roy Wadia --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Perhaps the larger point is that it's all readable, and all good. Along with highly knowledgeable discussions of what makes a show work, Mordden brings a fine historian's knowledge in showing how the field developed, abetted in no small part by enough musicology to show how certain songs found their best berth. And I for one have to admire any critic who will say a good word for THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1959 on B'way), kids or no kids. If you want a smooth bromide of a read, leave COMING UP ROSES alone. If you want an informative, stimulating and occasionally challenging history, go for it.
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A good look at Broadway during its Golden Age. Mordden is quite opinionated at times, but its a good look at a great era!Published 17 months ago by voracious reader
author's writes as though he talking directly to friends who already have a great deal of Broadway knowledgePublished 19 months ago by Dennis Howard
I look forward to every book of his-- his love for the theater is palpable...and he is full of stories , insight and humor...i have this whole series... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by gerald sternbach
I spent the entire summer reading through all of Mordden's "decade by decade" books. It felt like I was listening to someone who was on the spot for every production, which seems... Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Bradley Friedman