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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (March 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826430139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826430137
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A whirlwind play-by-play of the history of musical theater."—Library Journal (Library Journal)

"A comprehensive history of stage musicals.. .As informative as it is entertaining, Musical Theatreis richly illustrated with anecdotes of shows"
The Pass, July & August 2008


"Communications director of New York's York Theatre Company and manager of the Web site musicals101.com...Kenrick demonstrates his considerable knowledge in this enjoyable, well-written volume...Specific examples about particular performers (e.g., Al Jolson) and shows (e.g., Franz Lehar's Merry Widow) enliven the text... A section of photos, most not the usual views, is a modest addition. In place of references, the author lists titles cited in a useful annotated bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." —R.D. Johnson, CHOICE, January 2009

'A readable, accessible, up-to-date history of musical theatre' Theatre and Performance


“A whirlwind play-by-play of the history of musical theater.”–Library Journal (Library Journal)

“Communications director of New York's York Theatre Company and manager of the Web site musicals101.com…Kenrick demonstrates his considerable knowledge in this enjoyable, well-written volume…Specific examples about particular performers (e.g., Al Jolson) and shows (e.g., Franz Lehar's Merry Widow) enliven the text… A section of photos, most not the usual views, is a modest addition. In place of references, the author lists titles cited in a useful annotated bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.” –R.D. Johnson, CHOICE, January 2009

About the Author

A native New Yorker and life-long fan of the Musical, John Kenrick is widely regarded as an expert on the subject. He runs the popular website www.musicals101.com and he currently teaches a course on musical theatre history at New York University's Steinhardt School.

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It's very concise and easy to read.
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This book is a great resource for musical theatre history.
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I look forward to reading this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Carlson on July 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've been hooked on musicals since I saw my first one on Broadway back in the 1960's. It's obvious that John Kenrick is even more so. His knowledge and expertise on this art form clearly comes through in his conversational writing style. The who, when, where, what, why and how of the various musicals through the ages are truly informational gems. This is a great book that allows the reader to peek behind the curtain while studying musical theatre's evolution. It is a great source book for those of us who aren't in musical theatre and wish to test our knowledge of what we have seen or know; as well as to track down totally unfamiliar musicals and discover what's been missed. I always thought of the musical as having come into existence in the last 100 or so years. Boy was I wrong! "Musical Theatre-A History" is an excellent read and reference!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Meyer on December 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Great read! Finished cover-to-cover in a day and enjoyed Kenrick's style of writing as well as the rich history behind theater.
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I am using this book to give supplementrey information to my Broadway Musicals class for seniors. Interesting background information and anecdotes are intertwined in this book. If you want to learn more specific details about the history of Broadway, this book is for you. I like that Kendricks starts the book with a defintion of a musical because shows on Broadway were song and dance reviews, and musical comedies in its early history but evolved into much more over the years.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frazer Jones on January 8, 2010
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Does any work fill all of the needs we might wish to find? I doubt it; but a few typographical errors aside, I have decided to use Mr. Kendrick's work as a text for first-time students in Musical Theatre. Hooray that we went back to the Greeks and acknowledged both that the format did nopt start in America and also that he does not hold THE BLACK CROOK as a sudden miracle post Civil War. And even the renowned Mr. Brockett willingly admits that no book can hold all the various ranges that can be covered in theatre history; thankfully works have been photoed, filmed, taped and, yes, even U-Tubed so that a non-picture book can be sucessfully supplemented. The book works well, maybe not for the graduate student in theatre, but for a comprehensive view of the Maerican Musical Theatre.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy K. on August 7, 2012
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I ordered this book for my College class that starts in a week. It came in excellent condition and was delivered faster then predicted. I can't wait to start this class! I look forward to reading this book. All in all a good experience thus far.
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More About the Author

As the creator of Musicals101.com and an internationally recognized authority on the history of musical theatre and film, author-lecturer John Kenrick combines his passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. Dispensing with dry academic conventions, he re-examines the stories of people and landmark events with a fresh and often irreverent sense of humor that makes the past accessible and fascinating. Although never afraid to share his frank opinions, he actively encourages and welcomes opposing viewpoints.

Aside from his college courses, he gives talks on theatre and film for various adult education groups, has appeared in numerous documentaries, and is the author of Musicals101.com, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals, and the textbook Musical Theatre: A History. Currently living in the Hudson Valley just north of New York City, he commutes thousands of miles every year, giving hundreds of classes and public talks to groups of all ages. What motivates him? John puts it this way:

"I think show biz history is the most fascinating subject in the world. My goal is simple: to make it as entertaining and exciting for others as it is for me."

John's recent college courses include the History of Musical Theatre, Great Broadway Songwriters, and Rodgers & Hammerstein. He has also offered courses on Hollywood Legends, The History of Screen Musicals, and The Golden Age of MGM, among others. Along with his current work at NYU and The New School, John has also taught at Marymount Manhattan and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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