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TH 303 American Musical Theatre: Books

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Reference books to start your research

The American Musical Film Song Encyclopedia
   by Thomas S. Hischak
   Greenwood Press, 1999
   ML102.M68 H57 1999

The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia
   by Thomas S. Hischak
   Greenwood Press, 1995
   ML102.M88 H59 1995

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

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

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (centennial ed., 6 vols.)
   Schirmer Books, 2001
   ML105 .B16 2001

Broadway: Its History, People, and Places: An Encyclopedia
   by Ken Bloom
   Routledge, 2004
   F128.65.T5 B56 2004

Broadway Musicals, Show by Show (5th ed.)
   by Stanley Green
   Hal Leonard, 1996
   ML1711 .G735 1996

Broadway: The American Musical
   by Laurence Maslon
   Bulfinch Press, 2004
   ML1711.8.N3 M37 2004

A Chronology of American Musical Theater (3 vols.)
   by Richard C. Norton
   Oxford University Press, 2002
   ML1711.8.N3 N67 2002

Complete Book of the American Musical Theater: A Guide to More Than 300 productions... (Rev. ed.)
   by David Ewen
   Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1959
   ML1711 .E9 1959

The Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz, 1900-1950 (4 vols.)
   by Roger D. Kinkle
   Arlington House, 1974
   ML102.P66 K55

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (8 vols.)
   compiled and edited by Colin Larkin 
   Muze, 1998
   ML102.P66 G84 1998

The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre (2nd ed., 3 vols.)
   by Kurt Gänzl
   Schirmer Books, 2001
   ML102.M88 G3 2001

Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre: An Updated Reference Guide to over 2000 Performers, Writers, Directors, Productions, and Songs of the Musical Stage, Both in New York and London
   by Stanley Green
   Da Capo Press, 1976 
   ML102.M88 G7 1980

Gänzl's Book of the Musical Theatre
   by Kurt Ganzl and Andrew Lamb
   Schirmer Books, 1989
   MT95 .G2 1989

Film It with Music: An Encyclopedic Guide to the American Movie Musical
   by Thomas Hischak
   Greenwood, 2001
   PN1995.9.M86 H57 2001

Historical Dictionary of the Broadway Musical
   by William A. Everett and Paul R. Laird
   Scarecrow Press, 2008
   ML102.M88 E94 2008

The New Broadway Song Companion: An Annotated Guide to Musical Theatre Literature by Voice Type and Song Style (rev. ed.)
   by David P. DeVenney
   Scarecrow Press, 2009
   ML128.M78 D48 2009

The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (4 vols.)
   edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie. 
   Macmillan, 1986
   ML101.U6 N48 1986

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed., 29 vols.)
   edited by Stanley Sadie
   Grove, 2000
   ML100 .N48 2000

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television
   by Thomas Hischak
   Oxford University Press, 2008
   ML102.M88 H593 2008

Theatre Biography Reference Books

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


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Actresses -- Biography
Choreographers -- United States
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Composers -- United States
Dance in motion pictures, television, etc
Entertainers -- United States
Musical theater -- Production and direction
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Musicals -- United States
Musicals -- United States -- History and criticism
Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism
Revues -- Excerpts
Singers -- United States -- Biography
Theatrical producers and directors -- United States
Women singers -- United States
Women singers -- United States -- Biography

AU Library Books

These are just a few examples of  musical theatre books available at the AU Library.



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