Review by Choice Review
The burgeoning study of nonoperatic musical theater is reflected in the second edition of this companion, which appears only eight years after the first. Everett (Univ. of Missouri, Kansas City) and Laird (Univ. of Kansas) have expanded the book from 14 chapters in three parts to 19 chapters in four parts. The accompanying peripherals--illustrations and bibliography--have grown similarly. Music examples are not to be found. Two of the original chapters have been expanded and retitled. New chapters treat "non-English-language musical theater" in the (pre-WW II) US; European musicals in European languages, a topic hardly encountered at this level elsewhere; musicals in revivals, films, television and audio/video recordings; the musical at the dawn of the 21st century, with a helpful survey and description of the several subgenres of the species (e.g., "concept musical," "jukebox musical," "revisal," "dansical"); and the creation of a Broadway musical (Wicked) from its conception by its composer (Stephen Schwarz) to its great success on Broadway (2003). Superior to its predecessor in all respects, this volume should be acquired by those who own the first edition as well as by those who do not. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers, all levels. R. Stahura emeritus, Ripon College
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