A sampler of the past century of Broadway, Experiencing Broadway Music guides the reader through theater music from the Ziegfeld Follies through Hamilton.
Sherrell intersperses discussion of musical styles and themes throughout the narrative — her various explanations of the music of HAMILTON are nothing short of dazzling. There are many glossy coffee-table guides and encyclopedic works on musicals, but this close-lens look will appeal to both Broadway fans and music lovers in general.
A very thorough and thoughtful trip thru Broadway music. It's a good overview showing the progression of Broadway music from SHOW BOAT to the present ... Thoughtfully researched and a good addition to the canon of books on Broadway musicals.
- Orchestrator Larry Blank