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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Musical of the Month: Very Good Eddie by Doug Reside

Last August, musical theater historian Laura Frankos detailed the history of the Princess Musicals in her introduction to Oh, Boy! This month's musical, Very Good Eddie, was the second of th…

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Musical of the Month: Make Mine Manhattan by Doug Reside

A guest post by UnsungMusicalsCo director, Ben West Currently in its fifth year, UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is a not-for-profit production company that I founded with the aim of researching, r…

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Musical of the Month: Night Boat by Doug Reside

A guest post by Levi Branson By 1920 Jerome Kern had achieved success as a noteworthy American composer with a uniquely American career. His melodies graced many entertainment platforms, b…

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Musical of the Month: Sally by Doug Reside

A guest post by Maya Cantu "America at the close of the Great War was a Cinderella magically clothed in the most stunning dress at the ball... immense gains with no visible price tag s…

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Friday, December 21, 2012

One Week More! The Once and Future Les Miserables by Doug Reside

I dreamed a dream in time gone by that someday I would be sitting in a cinema watching the film version of Les Misérables. In 1993 I had recently convinced my mother to take me to a …

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Announcing the Dorothy Loudon Exhibition by Doug Reside

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the release of the Dorothy Loudon Digital Exhibition. Dorothy Loudon (1925-2003) was a Tony Award-winning Broad…

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Musical of the Month: Evangeline by Doug Reside

A guest post by Brian D. Valencia Evangeline, or The Bell of Acadia rounds out the Musical of the Month blog's consideration of the four most popular American-devised musicals of the l…

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Musical of the Month: Dorothy by Doug Reside

A guest post by Tracy C. Davis, Barber Professor of Performing Arts — Northwestern University. Extracted from the preface to Dorothy in Tracy C. Davis, ed., The Broadview Anthology of …

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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Music of Oh, Boy! by Doug Reside

A guest post by Professor William Everett Part of the innate appeal of the Princess Theatre musicals comes from the songs, which famously emerge out of the plots. Musical numbers in these…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Musical of the Month: Erminie by Doug Reside

A guest post and edition by Andrew Lamb. The works of Gilbert and Sullivan dominated nineteenth-century British comic opera from the start. Yet in neither London nor New York was a work of…

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Musical of the Month: Oh, Boy! by Doug Reside

A guest post By Laura Frankos Oh, Boy!: Kern, Bolton, Wodehouse and the Princess Theatre Musicals The Genesis of the Series In 1913, the Shuberts added another theatre to their empire at 10…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Musical of the Month: A Biography of George M. Cohan by Doug Reside

A guest post by Professor William Everett. His statue stands in Times Square, the only one located at the "Crossroads of the World." This legendary showman did it all—actor,…

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Digital Archaeology: Recovering your Digital History by Doug Reside

If you've been using computers for a while, you've probably purchased quite a few devices for storing your work. My family's first computer (a Timex Sinclair 1000 purchased for about $40 …

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Musical of the Month: Little Johnny Jones by Doug Reside

A guest post by Elizabeth Titrington Craft "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy / A Yankee Doodle do or die / A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam / Born on the Fourth of July." If these lines…

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Musical of the Month: A Trip To Chinatown by Doug Reside

A quiz for musical theater fans: Name a musical, set at the close of the 19th century, in which two young men deceive a crotchety old man in order to escape his oversight and seek love and …

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Naughty Marietta: A Production History by Doug Reside

A Guest Blog By Project Co-Director, Professor William Everett In 1910 impresario Oscar Hammerstein sold his interests in his Manhattan Opera Company to his chief rival, the Metropolitan Ope…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Musical of the Month: A History of The Pink Lady by Doug Reside

A guest blog by project co-director, Professor William Everett The Pink Lady (1911) is one of those delightful gems from a century ago with a title that suggests something eminently enjoyabl…

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Musical of the Month: Bitter Sweet by Doug Reside

A Guest Post by Project Co-Director, Professor William Everett Noël Coward's Bitter Sweet is in many ways an ode to the world of romantic operetta. In 1929, when the show first appeared…

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Musical of the Month: Shuffle Along by Doug Reside

A guest post & edition by Brian D. Valencia When Shuffle Along opened at the 63rd Street Music Hall on May 23, 1921, it marked the return of all-black musical shows to Broadway after n…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Musical of the Month: A Few Thoughts on Babes in Toyland and the World of Operetta by Doug Reside

A Guest Blog on Victor Herbert's Birthday by Professor William EverettVictor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland is typical of turn-of-the-century musical theater in that it encompasses various…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Musical of the Month: Babes in Toyland by Doug Reside

A Guest Blog by Larry Moore In the NYPL Rare Books Division, among the Townsend Walsh correspondence, there is an undated 1902 letter from director Julian Mitchell to his publicist/busine…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Musical of the Month: Ozma of Oz by Doug Reside

The end of the year frequently inspires introspective comparison of one’s ambitions against one’s accomplishments and increased (if temporary) resolve to close the distance betwe…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Musical of the Month: The Wizard of Oz (1903) by Doug Reside

Like many who spent their early childhood in those years before home video technology (VCRs, DVDs, Netflix, etc.) became ubquitous, I have fond memories of watching the annual television bro…

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Monday, November 21, 2011

MUSICAL OF THE MONTH: Katinka by Doug Reside

A Guest Blog by Project Co-Director, William Everett Orientalism and propaganda were common themes in American musical theater and popular song during the years surrounding World War I. Rev…

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Musical of the Month: "The Prince of Pilsen" by Doug Reside

A Guest Blog by Project Co-Director, William Everett The German-born composer Gustav Luders (1865-1913) was firmly established in the U.S. when he teamed with librettist-lyricist Frank Pixle…

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"Stories of the Wands" by Doug Reside

I needed a couple of extra archival boxes a few weeks ago, so I went over to a building where the Library keeps materials that do not fit in the main storage areas. While I was there…

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Musical of the Month: Listen to the Music! by Doug Reside

The text of the next Musical of the Month will be released around the middle of October. However, to tide you over until then, I have several exciting announcements. First, we can now offic…

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Musical of the Month: Flexible Operetta and Micro-History (Guest blogger Tracey Chessum) by Doug Reside

A second blog post from guest blogger Tracey Chessum: Here’s a question: If John Philip Sousa wrote at least 10 comic operas, most of which were well received not only on Broadway but …

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Musical of the Month: "The Charlatan" with Guest Blogger Tracey Chessum by Doug Reside

A note from Doug: Occassionally throughout this series I will invite other musical theater scholars with expertise in a particular show to write a few guest blog posts. This month I have inv…

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Leslie Stuart and the Pirates of "Florodora" | The New York Public Library by Doug Reside

Last year, musical theater composers Georgia Stitt and Jason Robert Brown wrote a couple of high profile blog entries in which they pleaded with their fans to stop illegally sharing the shee…

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