Rebels with Applause: Broadway's Groundbreaking Musicals
by Scott Miller (9780325003573)

Rebels with Applause: Broadway's Groundbreaking Musicals
Scott Miller
Release Date: 31 July 2001
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Category: Broadway & Musical Revue
ISBN: 9780325003573
ISBN-10: 0325003572

"As he did in "Deconstructing Harold Hill" and" From Assassins to West Side Story," Scott Miller, with this delightful entry, once again pulls back the curtain on some of the greatest, most important musicals in the history of musical theater. Miller focuses on shows that have truly changed the genre, moving in chronological order from 1937's "The Cradle Will Rock" to 1996's "Rent," and including Off-Broadway hits not included in other books. In the process, he focuses on musicals as theater - real shows being put on with live performances - rather than literature - and demonstrates why musical theatre still remains a vital and vibrant living art form. Miller's opinions are occasionally provocative, and wholly engaging, written from the perspective of a director and a performer."

"Anyone with an interest in musical theater will be fascinated with Miller's latest work, and the serious aficionado will find new insights to ponder. Above all, this mesmerizing new book will have you thinking and talking about the selected shows like never before." - Stage and Screen Book ClubScott Miller once again pulls back the curtain on some of the greatest, most important American musicals, taking you on a mind-blowing tour of the milestones in the history of musical theatre. These are musicals that broke all the old rules and created new ones, and changed the way we looked at musical theatre forever: the savage political satire of "The Cradle Will Rock" in 1937the surprisingly dark sexuality of "Pal Joey" in 1940the profound innovations of "Oklahoma " in 1943the absurdist social satire of "Anyone Can Whistle" in 1964the convention-shattering experiment that was "Hair" in 1967the intimacy and emotional power of "Jacques Brel" in 1968the provocative honesty of the gay-themed "Ballad of Little Mikey" in 1994the abstract sophistication of the jazz/pop/R&B-flavored "Songs for a New World" in 1995the emotional immensity of the "anti-spectacle" "Floyd Collins" in 1995the overwhelming influence of the 1996 rock musical "Rent."Offering insightful, provocative opinions on character, plot, musical and textual themes, lyrics, subtext, motivation, backstory, and historical context, Miller reveals astonishing new details about what makes each one of these musicals great. He'll get you thinking and talking about these shows like you never have before.

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