This Fall marks the fiftieth anniversary of Jesus Christ’s Broadway debut. Here’s a link to a Religion News Service article on the topic, in which I am rather liberally quoted. And for extended discussion of Jesus Christ Superstar and other Biblical plays and musicals, check out my book Playing God.
Note: As of now, this volume is only available as part of a four-volume box set. The other volumes are great! But if individual volumes go on sale, this page will be updated accordingly.
From the Back Cover:
George Abbott, Vinnette Carroll, and Harold (Hal) Prince, were trailblazing figures who helped shape and define the Broadway musical over the course of the twentieth century. Their careers expanded the boundaries of the genre, highlighting the critical role of the director in the creation of a new musical. As theatre history, the essays in this volume help to complicate and deepen the reader’s understanding of the musical genre, of Broadway, and of the enduring legacies of these three pioneers. As lessons in theatrical direction, they illustrate the particular issues involved in directing musicals, as well as the stakes of working commercially at the highest levels of the industry.
The Great North American Stage Directors provides an authoritative account of the art of directing in North America by examining the work of twenty-four major practitioners from the late 19th century to the present.Each of the eight volumes examines three directors and offers an overview of their practices, theoretical ideas, and contributions to modern theatre. The studies chart the life and work of each major North American theatre director, placing his or her achievement in the context of other important theatre practitioners and broader social history. Written by a team of leading experts, the series presents the genealogy of directing in North America while simultaneously chronicling crucial trends and championing contemporary interpretation.
Henry Bial is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Kansas, USA.
Chase Bringardner is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Auburn University, USA.
Contributors include Bud Coleman (University of Colorado, USA), La Donna L. Forsgren (University of Notre Dame, USA), Brian Granger (Mary Baldwin University, USA), Barbara Wallace Grossman (Tufts University, USA), Paul R. Laird (University of Kansas, USA), Hillary Miller (Queens College, City University of New York, USA), and Alisa Roost (Hostos Community College, USA).
General Editor: James Peck (Muhlenberg College, USA)