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I Wants to be A Actor Lady and Other Hits From Early Musical Comedies

Composer(s): Giuseppe Operti, Philip Stoner, John Braham, Henry E. Dixey, J. Cheever Goodwin, Edward E. Rice, Charles E. Trevathan, Vincent Bryan, Harry Von Tilzer, Reginald De Koven, Harry B. Smith, Ludwig Englander, Sydney Rosenfield, Percy Gaunt, Charles H. Hoyt, Woolson Morse, George M. Cohan, Joseph K. Emmet, Victor Herbert, Glen MacDonough, Jerome Kern, Edward Laska, Gustav Luders, Frank Pixley
Album Title: I Wants to Be a Actor Lady 
Cat. No.: 80221
Genre: Musical Theater/Opera
 
Description: Kim Criswell, soprano; Cincinnati’s University Singers and Theater Orchestra, Earl Rivers

The witty and charming selections on this CD are associated with shows that achieved their popularity through long-run productions in New York City from 1860 to 1900. A multitude of musical theater styles flourished in New York because it was the most ethnically diverse city in the country. While the city’s population swelled with large numbers of Europeans and former slaves, the professional stage was dominated by immigrant composers and performers. They strongly influenced the melodic and instrumental style of the music, the subject matter, wit and imagery of the texts, and the costume and stage design of the production. Essential to an understanding of the evolution of American musical theater. 
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