A History of the Broadway Musical Theater

By Larry Stempel

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393929065, 826pp.

Publication Date: February 2011

Beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849, Stempel traces the growth of musicals from minstrel shows and burlesques, through the golden age ofShow Boat and Oklahoma , to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent. Stempel examines musicals in their cultural and historical context and includes detailed portraits of all the influential figures the creators, directors, and performers who made it all possible.

About the Author
Larry Stempel, an associate professor of music at Fordham University and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, was a member of Lehman Engel's BMI Musical Theater Workshop. He lives in Mount Vernon, New York.