The Golden Age of American Musical Theatre offers a snapshot of an important period in musical-theater history. After lean times on Broadway in the 1930s, the 1943 production of Oklahoma!, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, ushered in a phase on Broadway now known as the "Golden Age." Highlighted by great shows, costumes, and stars, this period brought Broadway back to life. From mid-1940 until 1965, at least one hit musical was produced almost every year....The largest section of the volume features alphabetical show-by-show descriptions in which author Naden offers basic information about every production: dates, numbers of shows in runs, theater names, casts and creators, synopses, prominent songs, awards, and a designation for "flops," or shows with fewer than 162 performances....Rounding out the volume are chapters featuring short biographies of stars and creators from the period, histories and descriptions of each Broadway theater, information about the awards associated with Broadway, a list of individual songs with their corresponding musicals, and a year-by-year time line of the shows produced from 1943 through 1965. This title will likely be shelved among numerous similar works about Broadway, but its specific focus will appeal to readers and researchers interested in this particular period.