The 1910s shaped the future of the American musical. While many shows of the decade were imports of European operettas, and even original Broadway musicals were influenced by continental productions, the musicals of the 1910s found their own American voice.
In The Complete Book of 1910s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz covers all 312 musicals that opened on Broadway during this decade. Among the shows discussed are The Balkan Princess, The Kiss Waltz, Naughty Marietta, The Firefly, Very Good Eddie, Leave It to Jane, Watch Your Step, See America First, and La-La-Lucille. Dietz places each musical in its historical context, including the women’s suffrage movement and the decade’s defining historical event, World War I.
Each entry features the following:
Numerous appendixes include a chronology, discography, filmography, Gilbert and Sullivan productions, Princess Theatre musicals, musicals with World War I themes, and published scripts, making this book a comprehensive and significant resource. The Complete Book of 1910s Broadway Musicals will captivate and inform scholars, historians, and casual fans about this influential decade in musical theatre history.
Dan Dietz was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Off-Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception and Performance Data of More Than 1,800 Shows (2010), which was selected as one of the outstanding reference sources of 2011 by the American Library Association. He is also the author of The Complete Book of 1920s Broadway Musicals (2019), The Complete Book of 1930s Broadway Musicals (2018), The Complete Book of 1940s Broadway Musicals (2015), The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals (2014), The Complete Book of 1960s Broadway Musicals (2014), The Complete Book of 1970s Broadway Musicals (2015), The Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals (2016), The Complete Book of 1990s Broadway Musicals (2016), The Complete Book of 2000s Broadway Musicals (2017), and The Complete Book of 2010s Broadway Musicals (2020), all published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Alphabetical List of Musicals
BROADWAY MUSICALS, 1910-1919
Appendix A Chronology of Book Musicals (by Season)
Appendix B Chronology of Revues (by Season)
Appendix C Chronology of Revivals and Return Engagements (by Season)
Appendix D Chronology of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Revivals (by Season)
Appendix E Discography
Appendix F Filmography
Appendix G Published Scripts
Appendix H Princess Theatre Musicals
Appendix I Musicals with World War One Themes
Appendix J Long Runs
Appendix K Theatres
About the Author
With this book, Dietz continues his excellent set of companions to Broadway shows with coverage of the 312 book musicals that opened between January 1, 1910, through December 31, 1919, the decade that saw the rise of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and other icons. In contrast to the earlier volumes (all reviewed in these pages), this one includes—in addition to works by Kern, Berlin, et al.—plays with incidental songs and revue-like book musicals, revivals, and return engagements that received their New York premieres…Although Dietz relies heavily on critical commentaries and newspaper reviews, his additional highly subjective and often-amusing comments support thoughtful consideration not only of individual shows but also the whole decade. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.
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