Have you heard of the first American musical, "The Black Crook", which opened in 1866 and had fifteen revivals? Its chorus of ladies in pink tights was a sensation! Do you know Oscar Straus' hilarious parody of Wagner's Ring cycle, "Die lustigen Nibelungen" ("The Merry Nibelungs")? Do you know who the Ricci brothers, the Piccinni family, Edmond Audran, David Braham, or Francois-Joseph Gossec were? Look them up in this remarkable, thoroughly researched, lively book. Packed with nuggets of useful and fascinating information, with nearly 1,800 entries, this is a must-have research tool and handy reference for the theater and music lover, student, teacher, professional singer, director, and producer. Meant as a supplement and companion to Blumenfeld's "Dictionary of Acting and Show Business" (Limelight, 2009), this unique dictionary is chock-full of information about all the various genres of musical theater; thumbnail plot summaries of many well-known and some more obscure works; thumbnail biographies of composers and writers; and, dance, theatrical, and music terminology.
Historical terms and foreign terms (with pronunciations) are included, along with information on available recordings of many obscure pieces. Convenient lists of the works of Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Gilbert and Sullivan, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and many others are provided.