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Download The History of the Musical Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The History of the Musical (Unabridged), by Richard Fawkes
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Fawkes Narrator: Kim Criswell Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The musical is one of the great art forms of the 20th century. Showboat, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Oliver, Cabaret - one masterpiece after another packed the theaters on Broadway, in London's West End, and around the world. And it made a successful transfer to cinema. A truly popular art, the musical closely reflected society and its needs - sometimes providing a message and often providing a much-needed romantic escape.

In this audio-original production, author Richard Fawkes traces the development of the musical, from its origins in European light opera and operetta to its transformation in the hands of the great American song composers and lyricists - among them Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe. The talent of Lloyd Webber and Sondheim has assured that in the 21st century, it is as lively as ever.

Presented by the vivacious singer Kim Criswell, who starred in Cats, sang on Broadway, won awards for her recordings, and has lived and breathed the musical since she was a young girl. This enthralling story is told with nearly 100 famous musical extracts. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katelyn | 3/18/2011

    " Nice, quick overview but if you are looking for more in depth, look elsewhere. Served to whet my appetite... luckily I got in some holds at the library today. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katelyn | 6/21/2010

    " Nice, quick overview but if you are looking for more in depth, look elsewhere. Served to whet my appetite... luckily I got in some holds at the library today. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/25/2010

    " Nice little overview of musical theatre. Not too indepth. Full of chatty tidbits about certain authors and writing teams.
    The best part is lots and lots of musical examples. Many of them are old old recordings so the sound quality isn't the best, but you get the idea. "

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