A lively and informative look at the careers, works, and characteristics of the major librettists of the American theatre. Included are dozens of men and women who wrote the "books" for Broadway musicals over the past one hundred years, from George M. Cohan to the present day. Boy Loses Girl presents a whole new perspective for looking at the American musical theater. For film students, scholars and enthusiasts of the American musical theatre.
Thomas S. Hischak is professor of theatre, State University of New York College at Cortland. In 1996 he received the Stanley Drama Award (playwriting) for his screenplay Cold War Comedy. He has published numerous plays and books including The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia.
Chapter 1 Writing Little Books: An Introduction Chapter 2 CHAPTER ONE The American Idea: George M. Cohan Chapter 3 CHAPTER TWO Oh, Boy! Oh, Lady! Guy Bolton and P.G. Woodhouse Chapter 4 CHAPTER THREE High Jinks and Pipe Dreams: Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II Chapter 5 CHAPTER FOUR Strike Up the Band: George F. Kaufman and Fellow Wits Chapter 6 CHAPTER FIVE Blossom Time: Dorothy Donnelly and Other Early Librettists Chapter 7 CHAPTER SIX Hooray for Anything Red, Hot, and Blue! Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Chapter 8 CHAPTER SEVEN Charley, Flora, Fiorello, and the Yankees: George Abbott and Company Chapter 9 CHAPTER EIGHT The New Yorkers: The Fields Family Chapter 10 CHAPTER NINE Flahooley's Rainbow: E.Y. Harburg and Fellow Conspirators Chapter 11 CHAPTER TEN Applause on the Town: Betty Comden and Adolph Green Chapter 12 CHAPTER ELEVEN On a Clear Day: Alan Jay Lerner Chapter 13 CHAPTER TWELVE Flying High, Taking a Chance: B.G. De Sylva and Others in the 1930s and 1940s Chapter 14 CHAPTER THIRTEEN Hallelujah, Gypsy! Arthur Laurents Chapter 15 CHAPTER FOURTEEN Guys and Dolls and Stockings: Abe Burrows and Others in the 1950s Chapter 16 CHAPTER FIFTEEN To the Forum, in the Park, into the Woods: Stephen Sondheim's Collaborators Chapter 17 CHAPTER SIXTEEN Carnival on the Roof: Michael Stewart, Joseph Stein, and Peter Stone Chapter 18 CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Getting an Act Together: Gretchen Cryer and Others in the 1960s and 1970s Chapter 19 CHAPTER EIGHTEEN The Kiss of Ragtime: Terrence McNally Chapter 20 CHAPTER NINETEEN The Producers: The 1980s, 1990s, and Beyond Chapter 21 Bibliography Chapter 22 Index Chapter 23 About the Author