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West End Broadway/A Tanner’s Worth of Tune (2 volume set]
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696 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: Boydell Press

West End Broadway/A Tanner's Worth of Tune (2 volume set]

by Adrian Wright

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This specially priced two volume set brings together Adrian Wright's highly acclaimed two books on the Musical in Post-War Britain.
This specially priced two volume set brings together Adrian Wright's highly acclaimed two books on the Musical in Post-War Britain. A Tanner's Worth of Tune is not an encyclopaedia of the British musical in the twentiethcentury, but an examination of its progress as it struggled to find an identity. It shows how the British musical has reacted to social and cultural forces, suggesting that some of its leading composers such as Lionel Bart and Julian Slade contributed much more to the genre than has previously been acknowledged.
West End Broadway is a history and a re-evaluation not only of the British productions of Broadway's most popular product but of the works themselves, beginning with a brief account of the origins of the genre and of the shows seen during World War II. Profusely illustrated, it discusses every American musical seen in London between 1945 and 1972. Offering aunique panoramic essay on British theatre of the Golden Age, this is an authoritative, challenging and diverting contribution to an understanding of a forgotten aspect of the Broadway musical.

ADRIAN WRIGHT is the author of Foreign Country: The Life of L.P. Hartley (1996), John Lehmann: A Pagan Adventure (1998), The Innumerable Dance: The Life and Work of William Alwyn (Boydell, 2008) and the novel Maroon (2010). He lives in Norfolk, where he runs Must Close Saturday Records, a company dedicated to British musical theatre.

ADRIAN WRIGHT is a performer, novelist and writer. Hisprevious books with Boydell include A Tanner's Worth of Tune: Rediscovering the Post-War British Musical (2010), West End Broadway: The Golden Age of the American Musical in London (2012) and Must Close Saturday:The Decline and Fall of the British Musical Flop (2017). He has previously written on the subject of film music in his biography of William Alwyn, The Innumerable Dance (2008), and his fiction includes the Francis and Gordon Jones Mysteries series: The Voice of Doom, The Coming Day and Forget Me Not.

"West End Broadway:" .
"An amusing and well-researched account ... Adrian Wright is consistently entertaining, and West End Broadway, being so comprehensive, is an essential reference book for anyone who loves musicals." SPECTATOR
"A Tanner's Worth of Tune:" .
"An absolute delight of a read. It is the first book to be published on this subject ... The quality of the writing is superb as are the photographs and illustrations throughout, but as a reference book for that genre, it has no rival." MUSICAL STAGES
"An instant must-have for any lover - or indeed student - of musical theatre." THE STAGE

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March 2013

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Title Details

696 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: Boydell Press