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