This book is about the transition that musicals went through when they traveled from the stage to the screen. While the approach is critical, the style is readable and yields fascinating knowledge on the many things that did and didn't happen as theatre and film have merged throughout the past century.Hischak'sanalysis covers productions from The Desert Song (1927), to Chicago (2002).
Thomas S. Hischak is professor of theatre at State University of New York at Cortland. He is the author of fifteen books, including Enter the Players: New York Stage Actors in the Twentieth Century (Scarecrow Press, 2003). Hischak is also winner of a Choice "Outstanding Academic Book" award.
Part 1 The Swinging Door: An Introduction Part 2 Chapter 1: Sometimes the Melody Doesn't Linger On Part 3 Chapter 2: How Boy Met Girl Part 4 Chapter 3: Close Copies Part 5 Chapter 4: Star Light, Star Bright Part 6 Chapter 5: Ah, Sweet Operetta! Part 7 Chapter 6: Waiting for the Revues to Come Out Part 8 Chapter 7: Too Hot to Handle Part 9 Chapter 8: Why Can't the English? Part 10 Chapter 9: What Were They Thinking? Part 11 Chapter 10: In for the Long Run Part 12 Chapter 11: Reverse Order Part 13 Musicals Directory Part 14 Appendixes Chapter 15 A. Nonmusical Films That Were Turned into Broadway and Off-Broadway Musicals Chapter 16 B. Nonmusical Plays That Were Turned into Movie Musicals Chapter 17 C. Academy-Award Winning Musicals Chapter 18 D. Tony Award-Winning Musicals Part 19 Bibliography Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Author