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The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers

  • Laura MacDonald
  • William A. Everett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Overture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Laura MacDonald, William A. Everett
      Pages 3-10
  3. Act 1. To the 1940s

  4. Act 2. From the 1940s through the 1970s

About this book


This handbook is the first to provide a systematic investigation of the various roles of producers in commercial and not-for-profit musical theatre. Featuring fifty-one essays written by international specialists in the field, it offers new insights into the world of musical theatre, its creation and its promotion. Key areas of investigation include the lives and works of producers whose work is part of a US and worldwide musical theatre legacy, as well as the largely critically-neglected role of the musical theatre producer in the making, marketing, and performance of musicals. Also explored are the shifting roles of producers in musical theatre and their popular portrayals, offering a reader-friendly collection for fans, scholars, students, and practitioners of musical theatre alike.


Broadway West End theatre industry professional reputation popular portrayals musical comedy music hall vaudeville theatre traditions revue shows megamusicals theatre marketing revivals commercial theatre The Producers Gilbert and Sullivan Rodgers and Hammerstein Ziegfeld Follies Theatre Guild Public Theater

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura MacDonald
    • 1
  • William A. Everett
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Media and Performing ArtsUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Conservatory of Music and DanceUniversity of MissouriKansas CityUSA

About the editors

Laura MacDonald is Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where she teaches musical theatre, dramaturgy, and critical theory. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Studies in Musical Theatre, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, New England Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, the SDC Journal, Theatre Journal and Theatre Survey.

William A. Everett is Curators’ Professor of Musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, USA, where he teaches courses on a variety of subjects, including musical theatre and nineteenth-century music.  He is author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books on musical theatre and various other topics.

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