The Resource American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1869-1914, Gerald Bordman

American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1869-1914, Gerald Bordman

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American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1869-1914
Title
American theatre
Title remainder
a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1869-1914
Statement of responsibility
Gerald Bordman
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Language
eng
Summary
"This three-volume work will accomplish for the American non-musical theatre what Bordman's American Musical Theatre did for our song-and-dance entertainments: it chronicles, in order by opening, every Broadway comedy and drama, show by show, season by season, offering a plot synopsis, principal players, and important statistics. Scenery and costumes are described where they might be of interest, and comments of the plays' contemporary critics are quoted. In many instances, extended excerpts from a play are included to give the reader a fuller understanding of its nuances and its period dialogue. Also included, and worked chronologically into the text, are details about cheap-priced, cliff-hanging melodramas, such as Bertha, the Sewing Machine Girl and His Sister's Shame, which were among America's most popular diversions in theatres catering to blue-collar playgoers until silent films drew away their audiences. Examples of shows produced and designed for places other than New York are included."--BOOK JACKET. "This volume deals with the great expansion of American theatre after the Civil War, the careers of such prominent actors and actresses as Edwin Booth, Mrs. Fiske, the Drew and Barrymore families, the first important American playwrights like Clyde Fitch, producers like David Belasco, and the influence of foreign plays and players. This stage history, besides giving a sense of each production, touches on the literary worth of the plays, provides brief biographies of major figures, and sets all of this against the economic and social backgrounds of the time. Readers will close the book feeling they, like their parents and grandparents, have sat through performances of the shows of another era."--BOOK JACKET
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Bordman, Gerald Martin
Dewey number
792/.0973/09034
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2256
LC item number
.B6 1994
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Theater
  • Theater
  • American drama
  • American drama
Target audience
adult
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American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1869-1914, Gerald Bordman
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Publication
Note
Includes indexes
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
793 p.
Isbn
9780195037647
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92016066
System control number
OCM25787552
Label
American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1869-1914, Gerald Bordman
Publication
Note
Includes indexes
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
793 p.
Isbn
9780195037647
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92016066
System control number
OCM25787552

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