Beyond the Logos: West End Musical Drama

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)


One way of looking at the musical in the 1980s and 90s is that there was a sense of energy in the London shows that can be likened to Broadways Golden Age. Richard Maltby Jr. points out that

great American musicals come in bursts. In the late 1940s when I was growing up, there were all these articles in the New York Times about the integrated musicals with Frank Loesser writing “you see, the songs will tell the story.” And it seemed there was something like that going on in England—that mere was a discovery of a different kind of scale of singing and a different kind of show, the impact on an audience.


Social Drama Musical Theatre Musical Drama Love Story American Musical 
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