Rebels with Applause: Broadway's Groundbreaking Musicals by Scott Miller
Scott Miller once again pulls back the curtain on some of the greatest, most important American musicals, taking you on a mind-blowing tour of the milestones in the history of musical theatre. These are musicals that broke all the old rules and created new ones, and changed the way we looked at musical theatre forever:
the savage political satire of The Cradle Will Rock in 1937
the surprisingly dark sexuality of Pal Joey in 1940
the profound innovations of Oklahoma! in 1943
the absurdist social satire of Anyone Can Whistle in 1964
the convention-shattering experiment that was Hair in 1967
the intimacy and emotional power of Jacques Brel in 1968
the provocative honesty of the gay-themed Ballad of Little Mikey in 1994
the abstract sophistication of the jazz/pop/R&B-flavored Songs for a New World in 1995
the emotional immensity of the "anti-spectacle" Floyd Collins in 1995
the overwhelming influence of the 1996 rock musical Rent.
Offering insightful, provocative opinions on character, plot, musical and textual themes, lyrics, subtext, motivation, backstory, and historical context, Miller reveals astonishing new details about what makes each one of these musicals great. He'll get you thinking and talking about these shows like you never have before.