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The Resource Stars of the American musical theater in historic photographs : 361 portraits from the 1860s to 1950, edited by Stanley Appelbaum and James Camner

Stars of the American musical theater in historic photographs : 361 portraits from the 1860s to 1950, edited by Stanley Appelbaum and James Camner

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Stars of the American musical theater in historic photographs : 361 portraits from the 1860s to 1950
Title
Stars of the American musical theater in historic photographs
Title remainder
361 portraits from the 1860s to 1950
Statement of responsibility
edited by Stanley Appelbaum and James Camner
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers {u2014} the names of composers of great American musicals are household words. But many of the stars who introduced these songwriters' classic triumphs and whose names were on everybody's lips a few decades ago have been all but forgotten. Now, with this book, you can take a fascinating journey into the days when Lillian Russell and Frank Daniels, or Marilyn Miller and William Gaxton, were as celebrated as the superstars of television and film are today. This volume is the most complete collection of its kind. Its 361 vivid portraits of over 400 star entertainers of the past cover the whole spectrum of nearly a century of American musical theater. The portraits, many by the finest celebrity photographers of their day, and many of which are autographed presentation copies, are complemented by full captions exceptionally rich with information; together, they constitute a history of the American musical, its stars and supporting casts, its remembered and forgotten successes. Brimming with life and personality, these portraits capture yesterday's stars in their most characteristic moods and postures. Along with scores of charming views of personalities as well-known on the screen as on the stage {u2014} Bob Hope, W. C. Fields, Ann Sothern, Fred Astaire, to name but a few {u2014} are shots of hundreds of performers who have been virtually or entirely forgotten because they were stars only {u2014} or at least primarily {u2014}"of the stage" Emma Trentini, Donald Brian, Nora Bayes, Fritzi Scheff, Lew Fields, Vernon and Irene Castle, Edith Day, Eugene and Willie Howard, Mary Ellis, Dennis King, Elsie Janis, Ray Middleton, Jack Whiting, Todd Duncan, and many, many more. More than just a stunning portrait gallery, this book will challenge the imaginations and knowledge of musical-theater and nostalgia buffs. Among its hundreds of facts and photos are such special treats as shots {u2014} grouped together {u2014} of the original stars of Show Boat, Oklahoma! and South Pacific; portraits of composers who also performed in their own shows, like George M. Cohan, Eubie Blake, and Irving Berlin; fascinating views of today's television and film stars in their youth, along with information on their early, often little-known stage appearances; and notes on the first performances of song classics like "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now," "Night and Day," and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. Unfortunately, in this age of electronics and breathless change, the days of vaudeville, operetta, revue, and early musical comedy have been too quickly forgotten. This book makes them a joy to remember. Besides being an invaluable aid to theatrical scholars, it will delight musical-theater enthusiasts and anyone wishing to revive the excitement of a fascinating segment of American entertainment history.
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Googlebooks
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
790.2/092/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
ML1711
LC item number
.S77 1981
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Stars of the American musical theater in historic photographs : 361 portraits from the 1860s to 1950, edited by Stanley Appelbaum and James Camner
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
8129275
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
168 pages, [1] leaf of plates
Isbn
9780486242095
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
81066303 /MN/r90
Note
Library's copy 1 (Wittliff Gallery): Gift of Helen Weiss (SW Writers Access. No. 99-050).
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations
Label
Stars of the American musical theater in historic photographs : 361 portraits from the 1860s to 1950, edited by Stanley Appelbaum and James Camner
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
8129275
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
168 pages, [1] leaf of plates
Isbn
9780486242095
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
81066303 /MN/r90
Note
Library's copy 1 (Wittliff Gallery): Gift of Helen Weiss (SW Writers Access. No. 99-050).
Other physical details
chiefly illustrations

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