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Hischak, Thomas S.

Works: 94 works in 321 publications in 1 language and 21,119 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Biography‡vDictionaries  Encyclopedias  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musicals  Bibliography  History  Reference works  Drama  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Thomas S Hischak
The Oxford companion to American theatre by Gerald Martin Bordman( )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 3,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1984, Gerald Bordman's The Oxford Companion to American Theatre is the standard one-volume source on our national theatre." "Now thoroughly revised, this volume once again provides an up-to-date guide to the American stage from its beginnings to the present. Completely updated by theatre professor Thomas S. Hischak, the volume includes playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, songwriters, famous playhouses, dramatic movements, and much more. The book covers not only classic works (such as Death of a Salesman) but also many commercially successful plays (such as Getting Gertie's Garter), plus entries on foreign figures that have influenced our dramatic development (from Shakespeare to Beckett and Pinter). New entries include recent plays such as Angels in America and Six Degrees of Separation, performers such as Eric Bogosian and Bill Irwin, playwrights such as David Henry Hwang and Wendy Wasserstein, and relevant developments and issues including AIDS in American theatre, theatrical producing by Disney, and the rise in solo performance." "Accessible and authoritative, this valuable A-Z reference is ideal not only for students and scholars of theatre, but everyone with a passion for the stage."--Jacket
American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1969-2000 by Thomas S Hischak( )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 2,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Volume four (1969-2000) of the distinguished 'American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama' series offers a thorough, candid, and fascinating look at the theatre in New York during the last three decades of the twentieth century. Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off Off Broadway are all covered in this day-by-day, season-by-season chronicle of the plays audiences watched, discussed, and remembered during a turbulent era in the theatre in America. A Broadway turned more and more to musicals and foreign works, Off Broadway grew and revealed startling new playwrights, actors, directors, and designers. Then in the 1970s, the new venue of Off Off Broadway brought people to the theatre who had never seen it before. Theatre became a voice for their special interests and concerns in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the breakout of AIDS. From Neil Simon to Joseph Papp to Sam Shepard to Charles Ludlam to August Wilson, the artists of the late twentieth century carved a new form of theatre. This is the story of them, their plays, and their audiences"--Jacket
The Oxford companion to the American musical : theatre, film, and television by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

29 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: From the silver screen to the Great White Way, small community theatres to television sets, the musical has long held a special place in America's heart and history. Now, in The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, readers who flocked to the movies to see An American in Paris or Chicago, lined up for tickets to West Side Story or Rent, or crowded around their TVs to watch Cinderella or High School Musical can finally turn to a single book for details about them all. For the first time, this popular subject has an engaging and authoritative book as thrilling as the performances themselves. With more than two thousand entries, this illustrated guide offers a wealth of information on musicals, performers, composers, lyricists, producers, choreographers, and much more. Biographical entries range from early stars Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, and Mae West to contemporary show-stoppers Nathan Lane, Savion Glover, and Kristin Chenoweth, while composers Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Andrew Lloyd Webber all have articles, and the choreography of Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, and Debbie Allen receives due examination. The plays and films covered range from modern hits like Mamma Mia! and Moulin Rouge! to timeless classics such as Yankee Doodle Dandy and Show Boat. Also, numerous musicals written specifically for television appear throughout, and many entries follow a work-Babes in Toyland for example-as it moves across genres, from stage, to film, to television. The Companion also includes cross references, a comprehensive listing of recommended recordings and further reading, a useful chronology of all the musicals described in the book, plus a complete index of Tony Award and Academy Award winners. Whether you are curious about Singin' in the Rain or Spamalot, or simply adore The Wizard of Oz or Grease, this well-researched and entertaining resource is the first place to turn for reliable information on virtually every aspect of the American musical
The Rodgers and Hammerstein encyclopedia by Thomas S Hischak( )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still the most influential and popular songwriting team in the history of the American Musical Theatre, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein represent Broadway musicals at their finest. The team revolutionized the musical play with Oklahoma! in 1943 and then went on to explore territory never put on the musical stage before in such beloved shows as Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. The team also worked in film, as with State Fair, and in the new medium of television, with Cinderella. For the first time, the lives, careers, works, songs, and themes of Rodgers and
The Disney song encyclopedia by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the film shorts of the 1930s to the recent phenomenon High School Musical, songs written for Disney productions over the decades have become an enduring part of popular culture. The Disney Song Encyclopedia discusses hundreds of famous and not so famous songs from Disney films, television programs, Broadway shows, and theme parks from the 1930s to the present
Broadway plays and musicals : descriptions and essential facts of more than 14,000 shows through 2007 by Thomas S Hischak( )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"New York City's Broadway district is by far the most prestigious and lucrative venue for American performers, playwrights, entertainers, and technicians. While there are many reference works and critical studies of selected Broadway plays or musicals this is the first single-volume book to cover all of the activities on Broadway between 1919 and 2007"--Provided by publisher
The American musical theatre song encyclopedia by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The musical theatre song is conceived, written, and produced as part of a whole. While it may eventually stand on its own and join the ranks of popular hits, its immediate purpose is clear: it must 'work' in the show ... 'The American Musical Theatre Song Encyclopedia' is about how hundreds of famous and not-so-famous songs have functioned in the American musical. In addition to identifying the authors and the source of the song, this reference provides full detail about the song ... It is a book about songs as little pieces of playwriting for the musical theatre ..."
Off-Broadway musicals since 1919 : from Greenwich Village follies to The toxic avenger by Thomas S Hischak( )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes and analyzes over 375 Off-Broadway musicals produced between 1919 and 2009, providing essential data about each show, describing its plot and score, and offering an opinion on it merits
The Jerome Kern encyclopedia by Thomas S Hischak( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Jerome Kern Encyclopedia consists of entries on people, theater and film musicals, songs, subjects and themes related to the composer. Not only are all of Kern's stage and screen projects - from 1904 to 1946 - covered, but there are also entries on all the major librettists and lyricists with whom he worked, as well as producers, directors, actors, and other individuals who figured prominently in his career. Approximately one hundred of Kern's most important songs are discussed, and other entries address awards, collaborations, working methods, song styles, and related subjects."--Back cover
The American musical film song encyclopedia by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This encyclopedia reviews over 1,800 songs from more than 500 American musical films from 1927 through 1998. In addition to detailing the songs' authors, original singers, and initial film appearances, it also explains how the songs were used in the film, lists subsequent film and stage appearances of the songs, and notes memorable recordings
The encyclopedia of film composers by Thomas S Hischak( )

10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than a century, original music has been composed for the cinema. From the early days when live music accompanied silent films to the present in which a composer can draw upon a full orchestra or a lone synthesizer to embody a composition, music has been an integral element of most films. By the late 1930s, movie studios had established music departments, and some of the greatest names in film music emerged during Hollywood's Golden Age, including Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, and Bernard Herrmann. Over the decades, other creators of screen music offered additional memorable scores, and some composers--such as Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, and John Williams--have become household names. The Encyclopedia of Film Composers features entries on more than 250 movie composers from around the world. It not only provides facts about these artists but also explains what makes each composer notable and discusses his or her music in detail. Each entry includes biographical material, important dates, career highlights, analysis of the composer's musical style and complete list of movie credits. This book brings recognition to the many men and women who have written music for movies over the past one hundred years. In addition to composers from the United States and Great Britain, artists from dozens of other countries are also represented. A rich resource of movie music history, The Encyclopedia of Film Composers will be of interest to fans of cinema in general as well as those who want to learn more about the many talented individuals who have created memorable scores [Publisher description]
Stage it with music : an encyclopedic guide to the American musical theatre by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the screen door : what happened to the Broadway musical when it went to Hollywood by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Also presented are discussions of British musicals that were popular in New York and later filmed with Hollywood connections; a directory that provides credits, names, and songs for both stage and screen versions; appendixes offering statistical data on musicals; and an extensive bibliography. Theatergoers, moviegoers, students of film and/or theater, and those in the theater and film business will enjoy this detailed comparative study of the two genres."--Jacket
Word crazy : Broadway lyricists from Cohan to Sondheim by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tin Pan Alley song encyclopedia by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers background information and commentary on 1,200 popular songs from a variety of styles and genres written between the mid-nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century
The theatregoer's almanac : a collection of lists, people, history, and commentary on the American theatre by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a concise study of the American Theatre, this work explores the past and present by looking at major aspects of theatregoing in America over the past 250 years. Diverse topics include plays on and off Broadway, ticket prices, critics, playwrights, awards, musicals, actors, theatre groups and organizations, and theatre publications, with suggestions for further reading throughout. The Almanac serves as both a reference work and a browsing book. It is scholarly with a strong index and bibliography, but at the same time lively and highly readable, providing a personal and distinctive tour of the American Theatre for anyone who loves the stage
Film it with music : an encyclopedic guide to the American movie musical by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This encyclopedic reference to the American movie musical identifies and describes the musicals and the artists who made them. Film entries range from The Jazz Singer in 1927 to Fantasia 2000. Artists ranging from Gene Kelly to Elvis Presley, Busby Berkeley, and John Travolta are included, as are musicians as varied as Irving Berlin, Paul Williams, and the Beatles. Entries also detail animated musicals, studios, operettas, rock documentaries, sequels and remakes, and dance movies
American plays and musicals on screen : 650 stage productions and their film and television adaptations by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detailed commentary is given on what changes occurred between the formats, the strengths and weaknesses of each, the success of the transition, and how the end product was received. Cross references, bibliography, and name and title indexes complete the work."--Jacket
Theatre as human action : an introduction to theatre arts by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlike other introductory theatre textbooks that are often written for theatre majors and assume a considerable amount of previous knowledge, this text is designed for the general education student in college - one who may not be familiar with very many plays and has only seen a limited number of theatre productions. Because it can be difficult to make references to works that students are already familiar with, this text focuses on just four plays: the tragedy Macbeth, the American classic Our Town, the landmark African American drama A Raisin in the Sun, and the contemporary rock musical Rent. At the beginning of the text, each play is described with plot synopses (and suggested video versions), and then these four representative works are referred to throughout the book. By using these four model plays, this textbook aims to inform the student about theatre arts, stimulate interest in the art form, lead to critical thinking about theatre, and prepare the student to be a more informed and critical theatregoer. The textbook looks at both the theoretical and practical aspects of theatre arts, from the nature of theatre and drama to how it reflects society to explaining the processes that playwrights, actors, designers, directors, producers, and critics go through. Finally, the textbook addresses students as contemporary theatregoers and offers ways in which to better view a theatre production, to discuss it critically, and to do a written evaluation of a theatre event
100 greatest American plays by Thomas S Hischak( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 100 Greatest American Plays, Thomas S. Hischak provides an engaging discussion of the best stage productions to come out of the United States. Each play is discussed in the context of its original presentation as well as its legacy. Arranged alphabetically, the entries for these plays include: plot details, production history, biography of the playwright, literary aspects of the drama, critical reaction to the play, major awards, the play's influence, [and] cast lists of notable stage and film versions. The plays have been selected not for their popularity but for their importance to American theatre and include works by Edward Albee, Harvey Fierstein, Lorraine Hansberry, Lillian Hellman, Tony Kushner, David Mamet, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, Sam Shepard, Neil Simon, Gore Vidal, Wendy Wasserstein, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson. This informative volume also includes complete lists of Pulitzer Prize winners for Drama, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for American Plays, and the Tony Award for Best Play. Providing critical information about the most important works produced since the eighteenth century, 100 Greatest American Plays will appeal to anyone interested in the cultural history of theatre"--Publisher
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The Oxford companion to American theatre
American theatre : a chronicle of comedy and drama, 1969-2000The Oxford companion to the American musical : theatre, film, and televisionThe Rodgers and Hammerstein encyclopediaThe Disney song encyclopediaBroadway plays and musicals : descriptions and essential facts of more than 14,000 shows through 2007The American musical theatre song encyclopediaOff-Broadway musicals since 1919 : from Greenwich Village follies to The toxic avengerThe American musical film song encyclopedia
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Hischak, Thomas.

Hischak Thomas 1951-....

Hischak, Thomas S. 1951-

Thomas S. Hischak author, composer and playwright

Thomas S. Hischak Sachbuchautor

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