The Complete Book of 1990s Broadway Musicals

by Dan Dietz
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Publication Date: September 29, 2016

ISBN: 9781442272149

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Musicals of the 1990s felt the impact of key developments that forever changed the landscape of Broadway. While the onslaught of British imports slowed down, the so-called Disneyfication of Broadway began, a trend that continues today. Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King became long-running hits, followed by more family-friendly musicals. The decade was also distinguished by a new look at revivals—instead of slavishly reproducing old shows or updating them with campy values, Broadway saw a stream of fresh and sometimes provocative reinventions, including major productions of My Fair Lady, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Show Boat, and Chicago.

In The Complete Book of 1990s Broadway Musicals, Dan Dietz examines in detail every musical that opened on Broadway during the 1990s. This book discusses the era’s major hits (Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, Rent), notorious flops (Shogun, Nick & Nora, The Red Shoes), controversial shows (Passion, The Capeman), and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts (Annie 2: Miss Hannigan’s Revenge, Whistle Down the Wind). In addition to including every hit and flop that debuted during the decade, this book highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues with such performers as Sandra Bernhard, Michael Feinstein, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, and Mandy Patinkin.

Each entry contains the following information:

  • Plot summary
  • Cast members
  • Names of all important personnel, including writers, composers, directors, choreographers, producers, and musical directors
  • Opening and closing dates
  • Number of performances
  • Critical commentary
  • Musical numbers and the performers who introduced the songs
  • Production data, including information about tryouts
  • Source ...