Broadway Plays and Musicals

Descriptions and Essential Facts of More Than 14,000 Shows through 2007


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About the Book

New York City’s Broadway district is by far the most prestigious and lucrative venue for American performers, playwrights, entertainers and technicians. While there are many reference works and critical studies of selected Broadway plays or musicals and even more works about the highlights of the American theater, this is the first single-volume book to cover all of the activities on Broadway between 1919 and 2007.
More than 14,000 productions are briefly described, including hundreds of plays, musicals, revivals, and specialty programs. Entries include famous and forgotten works, designed to give a complete picture of Broadway’s history and development, its evolution since the early twentieth century, and its rise to unparalleled prominence in the world of American theater. The productions are identified in terms of plot, cast, personnel, critical reaction, and significance in the history of New York theater and culture. In addition to a chronological list of all Broadway productions between 1919 and 2007, the book also includes approximately 600 important productions performed on Broadway before 1919.

About the Author(s)

Award winner Thomas S. Hischak is a professor of theatre arts at the State University of New York College at Cortland. The author of more than 20 books on theatre, film and Tin Pan Alley, he has published several plays.

Bibliographic Details

Thomas S. Hischak
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 644
Bibliographic Info: chronology, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015 [2009]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9754-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5309-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Key to Abbreviations      3


Chronology of Productions      527

Bibliography      569

Index      571

Book Reviews & Awards

Choice Outstanding Academic Title. ALA Outstanding Reference Source
“this rich resource supplies the necessary facts needed when embarking on a study of the American theater. Recommended”—Booklist; “this truly is a reference history of New York City’s famous Broadway district”—ARBA; “top choice…informative…essential”—Choice; “a must for libraries and those interested in musical theater”—In The Groove Magazine.