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The History of the Musical

AuthorRichard Fawkes

NarratorKim Criswell

Duration5h 17m

CategoriesChildren and Young Adult Non-Fiction and Educational Titles, History

Key StageA Level

PublisherNaxos

VersionUnabridged

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Featuring over 120 musical examples, this audiobook traces the musical from its origins in classical music, (Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera', Offenbach's operettas and Gilbert and Sullivan) through to its flowering in America with 'Showboat', 'Anything Goes', 'High Society', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Oklahoma', 'West Side Story', 'The Sound of Music', 'Oliver', 'Cabaret', 'A Little Night Music', 'The Rocky Horror Show' and 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Composers from Gershwin to Lloyd Webber, as well as performers such as Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Howard Keel and Julie Andrews are all discussed, as well as the often tempestuous creative background to the productions themselves.

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