Covers 2,669 productions of 2,149 musicals on the New York stage from 1909 to the 1988-89 theater season. Most productions listed are Broadway shows, but Off-Broadway shows, selected Off-Off-Broadway shows, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts have been included when accurate data could be obtained. Entries list opening performance date and number of performances; author/composer credits; director/designer credits; and reviews that appeared in the kind of American and Canadian periodicals available in most college and public libraries. With indexes for authors, composers, and lyricists; directors, designers and choreographers; titles and original authors of the texts of musicals; listings of long run musicals; and winners of Pulitzer, Tony, and New York Theatre Critics' Circle awards.
James M. Salem (BA, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; Ph.D., English, Louisiana State University) is Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies, University of Alabama. He has published plays songs, and articles on drama and popular music. He is the author of Drury's Guide to Best Plays (4th ed., Scarecrow, 1987)