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The encyclopedia of the musical theatre
Gänzl, Kurt.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Schirmer Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
3 volumes : illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
1. A-Gi -- 2. Gi-N -- 3. O-Z.



Format :


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ML102.M88 G3 2001 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music
ML102.M88 G3 2001 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music
ML102.M88 G3 2001 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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A lot has happened in the musical theatre over the last ten years. New shows have opened and closed, new talents have emerged, and hit shows have made triumphant returns to Broadway. Now, the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre -- a 1994 Dartmouth Medal honorable mention -- has been fully revised and updated to document such developments with 500 new articles, more than 4,000 revised articles and dozens of color photos. From the dawn of operetta in the 18th century to the present, this set offers an unrivaled amount of information on the people, the songs and shows in America and around the world.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Whether you need to know about a specific composer, from birth and death dates to a chronology of his or her works; the location of the first metropolitan production of a show; or a discarded alternate title, you'll find the answer here. This second edition of a fine reference work published in two volumes nearly a decade ago (LJ 6/1/94) is the most complete, thoroughly researched, and readable resource available on musical theater. Its three volumes contain over 4000 entries, including 500 new ones covering shows and artists that have debuted since the previous edition; updates and additions have also been made to the original entries. In the past 15 years, the author has written eight books on different aspects of musical theater, and the research process he describes here is astonishing in its thoroughness and dedication. The writing style is clear and accessible, even to those new to the topic. Casual readers, scholars, and lovers of musical theater should consider themselves lucky to have this informative and engaging set. Manya Chylinski, Ctr. for Business Knowledge, Ernst & Young, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

An updated, corrected version of the 1994 edition (CH, Oct'94), this set presents an interesting collection of information about people and productions of the 19th and 20th centuries. The coverage is limited to productions originating in France, Austria, Britain, the US, and Hungary, is restricted to musical theater, and excludes opera. Each entry includes significant dates and places, as well as logically arranged biographical and historical details. A chronological list of significant works is given for writers and composers; historical illustrations (some in color) are an interesting addition. Although coverage is fairly broad and the large number of details nicely presented, Ganzl restricts his focus to people he considers "the most successful, most prolific and most extensively heard" and plays that were "the most successful, interesting and ... widely traveled." The writing style is personal, as is the choice of entries, but the information presents musical theater over two centuries and includes details not found in most comparable references. Recommended for most collections. M. Lawler Louisiana State University in Shreveport