Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers by Steven Suskin
This majestic reference fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of all the major composers of the American musical theater, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Bernstein, Loesser, Sondheim, Kander, Finn, Flaherty, and more--this book covers their works, their innovations, their successes, and their failures. Show Tunes is simply the most comprehensive volume of its kind ever produced, and this newly revised and updated edition cites and discusses no fewer than 900 shows and almost 8,000 show tunes. The book has been called "a concise skeleton key to the Broadway musical" (Variety) and "a ground-breaking reference work with a difference" (Show Music)--or, as the Washington Post once observed, "It makes you sing and dance all over your memory."
This eagerly anticipated third edition of Suskin's thorough volume, updated from June 1991 to March 1999, will appeal to all enthusiasts of the American musical: performers, professionals, students, collectors, and fans.