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MUSC 114: History of the Broadway Musical

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These pages will help you find library resources for Dr. Folger's class MUSC 114: History of the Broadway Musical.

Need HELP?

General Research assistance is available through the Research Help Desk by phone, email or in person.

Music Librarian, Kathryn Kalmanson, is always glad to work with you individually for detailed help with your research.

Office in the library- BL129b (You’re welcome to drop in.)

Office hours in the Department of Music

Tuesday 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.  FH245

Friday 10:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m. FH234


Office:  410-543-6190   Mobile: 410-845-9093



Reference Books

These books are all located in the Reference area on the first floor. If you can’t find them, be sure to ask at the Research Help Desk.

  • Broadway Musicals, 1943-2004 REF ML 102 .M88S74 2006 Brief descriptions, cast list, list of songs in each scene, production history
  • Encyclopedia of the American Musical Theatre (3 vols.) REFML 102 .M88G3 2001 Articles in alphabetical order covering the plays and the people who created them.

Other Books

Here are some recommendations from the general collection (second floor).

Mordden, Ethan
Make Believe :the Broadway Musical in the 1920s.
ML1711.8.N3 M78 1997

Broadway Song and Story :Playwrights/Lyricists/Composers Discuss Their Hits
PN2277.N5 B64 1985

Mordden, Ethan
The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen :the Last Twenty-Five Years of the Broadway Musical
ML2054 .M66 2004

Jones, John Bush
Our Musicals, Ourselves :a Social History of the American Musical Theater
ML1711 .J65 2003

Walsh, David F.
Musical Theater and American Culture
ML3918.M87 W35 2003

Swain, Joseph Peter.
The Broadway Musical :a Critical and Musical Survey
ML2054 .S93 2002

Lamb, Andrew
150 years of Popular Musical Theatre
ML1700 .L24 2000

Search CatalogUSMAI for books about the musical or the writer, composer, and others involved. Or search for books that give a brief overview of the social issues you are writing about. For starters, be sure you are looking at the catalog section for Salisbury University!

If you need more choices, go to the "choose campus" link and select "all campuses."



Academic Search Complete
Popular periodicals and scholarly journals are indexed here. Coverage from the 1970s to today, with a limited number of earlier entries.

New York Times (1980 - current) Historical New York Times (1851-2006)
Full text of articles from the newspaper.

Humanities International Complete
Mostly full text; Articles from scholarly journals

Social Sciences Abstracts (EBSCO)
Abstracts of publications on addiction studies, anthropology, corrections, economics, gender studies, gerontology, minority studies, political sciences, psychology, sociology, and more. Mostly scholarly journals.



Naxos Music Library
Streaming access to CDs and tracks. The library offers the catalogs of more than 50 classical, jazz and world music labels. There is also film music, nostalgia, ...



ST Lyrics
Find the lyrics to songs in musicals—browse by title of the show. Some songs also have film clips showing the song being performed on stage.

All Musicals
Another great site for finding synopses, lyrics, and film clips from stage performances. Browse or search by show title.


History timelines

Highlights of American history arranged by decade. from the Information Please Almanac

A brief listing of important historical events in each decade of the 20th century. Some items have detailed stories.

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