By Gerald Bordman
Gerald Bordman's American Musical Theatre has turn into a landmark e-book considering the fact that its unique ebook in 1978. during this 3rd version, he deals authoritative summaries at the common creative developments and advancements for every season on musical comedy, operetta, revues, and the one-man and one-woman indicates from the 1st musical to the 1999/2000 season. With distinctive express, tune, and folks indexes, Bordman offers a working statement and evaluation in addition to supplying the fundamental proof approximately each one construction.
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T. Barnum offered at his Museum was a "musical fairy romance," The Ring of Fate; or, Fire, Air, Earth and Water. Beginning on 26 December 1864, Princess Eveline and Arnulph braved the elements and the supernatural on their way to the altar. It remained as the main feature on Barnum's extensive bill for a month and reappeared intermittently thereafter. At the Bowery, home of slapstick farce and roaring melodrama, a "new and gorgeous pantomime" entitled Old Dame Trot and Her Comical Cat headed the bill for eight weeks beginning 30 January, 1865.
Few, if any, white men attended these entertain- The new band borrowed the last half of its name ments. But interest in the Negro as a stage char- from the Tyrolese Minstrel Family, which had just acter was growing. This interest was heightened toured the land to great acclaim. Although the appreciably in 1832 when T. D. Rice "jumped" his Virginia Minstrels disbanded within a year, its suc"Jim Crow" between the acts of whatever shows cess was so great that imitators sprang up every- 12 Prologue where.
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American Musical Theater: A Chronicle by Gerald Bordman