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The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen: The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical (History of the Broadway Musical #7)
For Ethan Mordden, the closing night of the hit musical, 42nd St. sounded the death knell of the art form of the Broadway musical. After that, big orchestras, real voices, recognizable books and intelligent lyrics went out the window in favor of cats, helicopters, yodeling Frenchmen, and the roof of the Paris Opera. Mordden takes us through the aftermath of the days of the...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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Ethan Mordden is a bit of an acquired taste. He is incredibly opinionated which can be fun when but also very irratating. This book is essentially about the end of the golden age and the crisis of modern Broadway musicals. The book isn't very coherent in terms of an overarching theme and doesn't follow a strict chronology. Also, if you don't know much about musical theatre Mordden's books are not a place to start. He assumes that the reader has a quite a good background and throws names around w...more