Listen to Movie Musicals!
Exploring a Musical Genre
by James E. Perone
January 2020, 235pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6971-6
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Although widely known as a “cult film,” The Rocky Horror Picture Show developed out of a stage musical.

Listen to Movie Musicals! provides an overview of musical theater on film for fans of the genre, with a focus on 50 must-hear musicals featured in movies.

Listen to Movie Musicals! includes an overview of musical theatre and movie musicals in the United States. The 50 movies chosen for critical analysis include many of the best-known film musicals of the past and present; however, the list also includes several important movie musicals that were popular successes that are not necessarily on the “best-of” lists in other books. This volume also includes a greater focus on the actual music of movie musicals than do most other books, making it a stand-out title on the topic for high school and college readers.

Like the other books in this series, this volume includes a background chapter followed by a chapter that contains 50 important essays on must-hear movie musicals of approximately 1,500 words each. Chapters on the impact of movie musicals on popular culture and the legacy of movie musicals further explain the impact of both the movies and their songs.


  • Provides readers with an overview history of musicals and movie musicals in the United States
  • Offers critical analysis of 50 must-hear and must-see movie musicals, including some less commonly known
  • Examines the distinctions between movie musicals and their live, stage versions
  • Discusses the pop culture impact of some of the great movie musicals and their songs
James E. Perone, PhD, is professor emeritus of music at the University of Mount Union. He is author of numerous books for Greenwood and Praeger, including The Words and Music of James Taylor, Smash Hits: The 100 Songs That Defined America, The Words and Music of Taylor Swift, and Listen to the Blues!: Exploring a Musical Genre.


"Recommended."—Choice, October 1, 2020

Exploring Musical Genres

Each book in this genre-and performance group-based collection provides the reader with background information on a specific musical genre, critical analyses of significant examples from the genre, and a discography and analysis of must-hear examples. Although written by scholars, the series is for the lay reader and general music fan.
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