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TH 303 American Musical Theatre: Reference Books: Biography

Use this guide as a starting point for your research project. .

Reference books: Biography -- General (multivolume sets)

African American National Biography
   coverage through 2008
   E185.96 .A4466 2008

American National Biography

   coverage through 1999

   CT213 .A68 1999

Current Biography Yearbook

   coverage for 1940-98

   CT100 .C8

Dictionary of American Biography

   coverage through 1980
   E176 .D56

Dictionary of National Biography

   coverage through 1990 (UK only)

   DA28 .D42

The International Who's Who

   coverage for 1962-2002

   CT120 .I5

The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography

   coverage through 1973

   CT103 .M27

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography

   coverage through 1984

   E176 .N27 1892

Who Was Who

   coverage through 2000

   DA28 .W65

Who Was Who in America

   coverage for 1607-2002

   E663 .W55

Who's Who

   coverage for 1929-73, 1990, 2002

   DA28 .W6

Who's Who in America

   coverage for 1938-99

   E663 .W56

Reference books: Biography -- Theatre and entertainment


American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1969-2000
   by Thomas S. Hischak 
   Oxford University Press, 2001
   PN2277.N5 H57 2000

American Song: The Complete Musical Theatre Companion (2nd ed., 4 vols.)
   by Ken Bloom 
   Schirmer Books; Prentice Hall International, 1996-2001
   ML128.M78 B6 1996

The Biographical Encyclopaedia and Who's Who of the American Theatre 
   edited by Walter Rigdon
   J. H. Heineman, 1965
   PN2285 .R5

The Cambridge History of American Theatre (3 vols.)
   edited by Don B. Wilmeth and Christopher Bigsby
   Cambridge University Press, 1998-2000
   PN2221 .C37 1998

The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville
   by Anthony Slide
   Greenwood, 1994
   PN1968.U5 S37 1994

Enter the Playmakers: Directors and Choreographers on the New York Stage
   by Thomas S. Hischak
   Scarecrow Press, 2006
   PN1998.2 .H596 2006

The Gay and Lesbian Theatrical Legacy: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Figures in American Stage History in the Pre-Stonewall Era
   edited by Billy J. Harbin, Kim Marra, and Robert A. Schanke
   University of Michigan Press, 2005
   PN2286.5 .G38 2005

Hollywood Songsters
   by James Robert Parish and Michael R. Pitts
   Garland, 1991
   ML400 .P295 1991

Notable Women in the American Theatre: A Biographical Dictionary
   edited by Alice M. Robinson, Vera Mowry Roberts, and Milly S. Barranger
   Greenwood Press, 1989
   PN2285 .N65 1989

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3rd ed.)
   by Gerald Bordman and Thomas S. Hischak
   Oxford University Press, 2004
   PN2220 .B6 2004

Popular American Composers from Revolutionary Times to the Present: A Biographical and Critical Guide (1 vol. + supplement)
   compiled and edited by David Ewen
   Wilson, 1962
   ML390 .E845

Women and Music in America since 1900: An Encyclopedia (2 vols.)
   edited by Kristine H. Burns
   Greenwood Press, 2002
   ML82 .W625 2002



The Encyclopedia of World Theater
   Scribner, 1977
   PN2035 .E52 1977

The Great Stage Directors: 100 Distinguished Careers of the Theater
   by Samuel L. Leiter
   Facts on File, 1994
   PN2205 .L44 1994

The International Who Is Who in Music
   edited by J. T. H. Mize
   Who Is Who in Music, 1951
   ML105 .I5

The Oxford Companion to the Theatre (3rd ed.)
   edited by Phyllis Hartnoll
   Oxford University Press, 1967
   PN2035 .H3 1967

Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary 
   edited by John W. Frick and Stephen M. Vallillo
   Greenwood Press, 1994
   PN2205 .T54 1994

Who's Who in the Theatre (6 editions) 
   Pitman; Gale, 1947-1981
   PN2012 .W5


Library catalogs -- Subject headings

When searching in online library catalogs for books about a playwright, conduct a SUBJECT search using the playwright's name in reverse order. For example:

  • o'neill, eugene
  • stoppard, tom
  • sondheim, stephen



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