The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen

The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical

Ethan Mordden

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

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For Ethan Mordden, the closing night of the hit musical, 42nd St. sounded the death knell of the art form of the Broadway musical. After that, big orchestras, real voices, recognizable books and intelligent lyrics went out the window in favor of cats, helicopters, yodeling Frenchmen, and the roof of the Paris Opera. Mordden takes us through the aftermath of the days of the great Broadway musical. From the long-running Cats to Miss Saigon, Phantom, and Les Miserables, to gems like The Producers, he is unsparing in his look at the remains of the day. Not content to scold the shows' creators, Mordden takes on the critics, too, splaying their bodies across the Great White Way like Sweeney Todd giving a close shave. Once more, it's "curtain going up," but Mordden is not applauding.

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Praise for The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen

For One More Kiss:
"...breezy, witty, and intelligent look at a decade that brought us such memorable and groundbreaking shows..."--Howard Miller, Library Journal
"For musical theater lovers in general, it's a fast and energetic read, yet a staggeringly smart and complete one."--Marc Miller, TheaterMania.com

For Open a New Window:
"...the book sings with stylish syncopation and chatty humor..."--Publishers Weekly
"...as intelligent and enlightening as its predecessors..."--Booklist
"Mordden presents a decade of radical change with both the wit and scholarship that characterized his earlier books."--Library Journal

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Ethan Mordden

Ethan Mordden is the author of many books on the Broadway musical including One More Kiss: The Broadway Musical in the 1970's (Palgrave Macmillan).

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The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen
The Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical
Ethan Mordden

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
October 2004
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312239541
ISBN10: 0312239548
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Plus one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert
$30.00
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