This is the "Welcome!" page of the "Performing Arts" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
Averett Library Home Averett University Home

Performing Arts  

Discover reliable and peer reviewed sources in Music, Theatre, and related fields.
Last Updated: Nov 1, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Welcome! Print Page

Research Tools

Discover >>


Research Paper


Easy Cite Tutorial

Performing Arts

Welcome to the library's guide to resources in the Performing Arts!

For a simple search, explore Credo Reference under "Research Tools" to the left.

For a focused research in Music, Theatre, or related fields, click on a tab above.



    Featured Titles

    Cover Art
    The Musical as Drama: a study of the principles and conventions behind musical shows from Kern to Sondheim - Scott McMillin
    Call Number: ML2054 .M353 2006
    ISBN: 9780691127309
    Publication Date: 2006-10-22
    Derived from the colorful traditions of vaudeville, burlesque, revue, and operetta, the musical has blossomed into America's most popular form of theater. Scott McMillin has developed a fresh aesthetic theory of this underrated art form, exploring the musical as a type of drama deserving the kind of critical and theoretical regard given to Chekhov or opera.

    Until recently, the musical has been considered either an "integrated" form of theater or an inferior sibling of opera. McMillin demonstrates that neither of these views is accurate, and that the musical holds true to the disjunctive and irreverent forms of popular entertainment from which it arose a century ago.

    Critics and composers have long held the musical to the standards applied to opera, asserting that each piece should work together to create a seamless drama. But McMillin argues that the musical is a different form of theater, requiring the suspension of the plot for song. The musical's success lies not in the smoothness of unity, but in the crackle of difference. While disparate, the dancing, music, dialogue, and songs combine to explore different aspects of the action and the characters.

    Discussing composers and writers such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Leonard Bernstein, and Jerome Kern, The Musical as Drama describes the continuity of this distinctively American dramatic genre, from the shows of the 1920's and 1930's to the musicals of today.

    Cover Art
    Musical Theatre: A History - John Kenrick
    Call Number: ML2054 .K46 2008
    ISBN: 9780826428608
    Publication Date: 2008-04-15
    Like every art form, musical theatre has been changing and evolving since its inception more than 2,000 years ago. Musical Theatre: A History presents a comprehensive history of stage musicals, from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, for whom songs were common elements in staging, to Jacques Offenbach in Paris during the 1840's, to Gilbert and Sullivan in the U.K. to the rise of music halls and vaudeville traditions in America, and eventually to "Broadway's Golden Age: with George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

    Musical Theatre: A History covers it all, from the opening number to the curtain call, offering readers the most up-to-date history of the art form. As informative as it is entertaining, Musical Theatre is richly illustrated with anecdotes of shows and show people. It is cause for celebration for those working in the theatre as well as its legions of devoted fans.

    Liaison Librarian

    Profile Image
    Jim Verdini
    Contact Info
    203 Blount Library
    (800) 543-9440
    (434) 791-5694 (office)
    Send Email

    Loading  Loading...