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Mordden, Ethan 1947-

Overview
Works: 73 works in 394 publications in 1 language and 29,039 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Anecdotes  Stories, plots, etc 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: ML1711.8.N3, 782.14097471
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Ethan Mordden
 
Most widely held works by Ethan Mordden
Rodgers & Hammerstein by Ethan Mordden( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at each musical created by the famous team, and discusses cast, music, theme, and critical reception
A guide to orchestral music : the handbook for non-musicians by Ethan Mordden( Book )

10 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and held by 1,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relaxed and accessible in style, this authoritative guide is the first symphony handbook for non-musicians. The book begins with a general introduction to the symphony and short pieces on the orchestra and musical styles. Mordden goes on to describe, chronologically, over 700 pieces--from Vivaldi to twentieth-century composers. Further aids to the reader include two lists of repertory builders and a glossary of musical terms. "Easy and pleasurable to read ... a genuinely useful guide for the music lover who has not had a musical education but loves concert music."--John Barkham Reviews
Opera in the twentieth century : sacred, profane, Godot by Ethan Mordden( Book )

6 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 1,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American theatre by Ethan Mordden( Book )

12 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in English and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ziegfeld : the man who invented show business by Ethan Mordden( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the life and legacy of the creator of the Follies covers such topics as his vision of the Ziegfeld Girl, development of landmark productions including "Showboat," and role in the careers of numerous stars, from Marilyn Miller and Will Rogers to Eddie Cantor and Fanny Brice
The splendid art of opera : a concise history by Ethan Mordden( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beautiful mornin' : the Broadway musical in the 1940s by Ethan Mordden( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses 1940's musicals, including "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "Pal Joey," "On the Town," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Finian's Rainbow," "Brigadoon," "Kiss Me, Kate," and "South Pacific."
Coming up roses : the Broadway musical in the 1950s by Ethan Mordden( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With loving detail, Mordden highlights the shift in Broadway from shows that were mere star vehicles, showcasing big-name talents, to the bolder stories, stuffed with character and atmosphere. During this period, subject matter became more intricate, even controversial, and plots more human and complex. Mordden demonstrates how, in response, musical conventions were polished, writing became more finely crafted, and dance became truly indispensable. Along the way we meet the key players, such greats as Ethel Merman, George Abbott, Jerome Robbins, Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein, and many others. We get the backstage scoop on why Guys and Dolls is so well made, why West Side Story is so timeless, why The King and I and Gypsy push the envelope, and why no one ever talks about Ankles Aweigh
Anything goes : a history of American musical theatre by Ethan Mordden( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethan Mordden has been hailed as "a sharp-eared listener and a discerning critic," by Opera News, which compares his books to "dinner with a knowledgeable, garrulous companion." The "preeminent historian of the American musical" (New York Times), he "brings boundless energy and enthusiasm buttressed by an arsenal of smart anecdotes" (Wall Street Journal). Now Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously delightful history of American musical theatre. Anything Goes stages a grand revue of the musical from the 1700s through to the present day, narrated in Mordden's famously witty, scholarly, and conversational style. He places us in a bare rehearsal room as the cast of Oklahoma! changes history by psychoanalyzing the plot in the greatest of the musical's many Dream Ballets. And he gives us tickets for orchestra seats on opening night-raising the curtain on the pleasures of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill and the thrill of Porgy and Bess. Mordden examines the music, of course, but also more neglected elements. Dance was once considered as crucial as song; he follows it from the nineteenth century's zany hoofing to tap "combinations" of the 1920s, from the injection of ballet and modern dance in the 1930s and '40s to the innovations of Bob Fosse. He also explores the changing structure of musical comedy and operetta, and the evolution of the role of the star. Fred Stone, the avuncular Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, seldom varied his acting from part to part; but the versatile Ethel Merman turned the headlining role inside out in Gypsy, playing a character who was selfish, fierce, and destructive. From "ballad opera" to burlesque, from Fiddler on the Roof to Rent, the history and lore of the musical unfolds here in a performance worthy of a standing ovation [Publisher description]
The Hollywood studios : house style in the golden age of the movies by Ethan Mordden( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, "growing up" in the same time and place, develop so differently' What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles' These are the questions Ethan Mordden answers, with breezy erudition and irrepressible enthusiasm, in this fascinating and wonderfully readable book. Mordden illuminates how the style of each studio was primarily dictated by the personality, philosophy, and attitudes of its presiding mogul'and how all these factors affected the work and careers of individual actors, directors, writers, and technicians, and the success of the studio in general
Better foot forward : the history of American musical theatre by Ethan Mordden( Book )

10 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History of the American musical from the 1920's to the 1970's
Broadway babies : the people who made the American musical by Ethan Mordden( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vividly recreating the unique pleasure of experiencing a song-and-dance show, Broadway Babies spotlights the men and women who made a difference in the development of American musical comedy. Mordden's account features such show people as Florenz Ziegfeld, Harold Prince, Bert Lahr, Gwen Verdon, Angela Lansbury, Victor Herbert, Liza Minnelli, and Stephen Sondheim, and such musicals as Sally, Oh Kay!, Anything Goes, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Follies, Chicago and countless others. It also includes an extensive discography--the first of its kind--which offers a virtually self-contained history of reco
All that glittered : the golden age of drama on Broadway, 1919-1959 by Ethan Mordden( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Unlike today, Broadway's influence reached out beyond its confines to influence culture throughout the fifty states. If you were a sophisticate (or wanted to be one), you knew what was happening on Broadway." "Ethan Mordden re-creates this lost world as only he can, telling us how those fifteen square blocks of Manhattan real estate became every American's touchstone for sophistication, intelligence, and wit."--Jacket
Open a new window : the Broadway musical in the 1960s by Ethan Mordden( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author takes readers on a tour of the 1960s, the "Golden Age" of musicals, from Camelot to Cabaret
Opera anecdotes by Ethan Mordden( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

That jazz! : an idiosyncratic social history of the American twenties by Ethan Mordden( Book )

5 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One more kiss : the Broadway musical in the 1970s by Ethan Mordden( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher Fact Sheet Mordden continues his history of the Broadway musical with a look at the decade that brought us some of the greatest hits of our time, such as Chorus Line and Annie, as well as the greatest musicals in the ouevre of Stephen Sondheim
Medium cool : the movies of the 1960s by Ethan Mordden( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demented, the world of the opera diva by Ethan Mordden( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Make believe : the Broadway musical in the 1920s by Ethan Mordden( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1920s represented a turning point in the history of the Broadway musical, breaking with the vaudeville traditions of the early twentieth century to anticipate the more complex, sophisticated musicals of today. Composers Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and their contemporaries revitalized the musical with the sound of jazz and other new influences. Productions became more elaborate, with dazzling sets, tumultuous choreography, and staging tricks, all woven into tightly constructed story lines. These dramatic changes of the 1920s ushered in the "golden age" of the American musical theatre. Ethan Mordden captures the excitement and the atmosphere of Broadway during the 1920s in Make Believe. In captivating, lively prose, Mordden describes in superb detail the stars, the songs, the jokes - the sheer fun of this era
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identityVerlaine, M. J.

Ethan Mordden American writer

Ethan Mordden Amerikaans romanschrijver

Ethan Mordden écrivain américain

Ethan Mordden US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Verlaine, M. J. 1949-

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A guide to orchestral music : the handbook for non-musiciansZiegfeld : the man who invented show businessBeautiful mornin' : the Broadway musical in the 1940sComing up roses : the Broadway musical in the 1950sBroadway babies : the people who made the American musicalAll that glittered : the golden age of drama on Broadway, 1919-1959Open a new window : the Broadway musical in the 1960sOpera anecdotes