From the silver screen to the Great White Way, small community theatres to television sets, the musical has long held a special place in America's heart and history. Now, inThe Oxford Companion to the American Musical, readers who flocked to the movies to seeAn American in Paris or Chicago, lined up for tickets toWest Side Story or Rent, or crowded around their TVs to watchCinderellaorHigh School Musicalcan finally turn to a single book for details about them all. For the first time, this popular subject has an engaging and authoritative book as thrilling as the performances themselves. With more than two thousand entries, this illustrated guide offers a wealth of information on musicals, performers, composers, lyricists, producers, choreographers, and much more. Biographical entries range from early stars Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, and Mae West to contemporary show-stoppers Nathan Lane, Savion Glover, and Kristin Chenoweth, while composers Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Andrew Lloyd Webber all have articles, and the choreography of Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, and Debbie Allen receives due examination. The plays and films covered range from modern hits likeMamma Mia!andMoulin Rouge!to timeless classics such asYankee Doodle DandyandShow Boat. Also, numerous musicals written specifically for television appear throughout, and many entries follow a work-Babes in Toylandfor example-as it moves across genres, from stage, to film, to television. TheCompanionalso includes cross references, a comprehensive listing of recommended recordings and further reading, a useful chronology of all the musicals described in the book, plus a complete index of Tony Award and Academy Award winners. Whether you are curious aboutSingin' in the RainorSpamalot, or simply adoreThe Wizard of OzorGrease, this well-researched and entertaining resource is the first place to turn for reliable information on virtually every aspect of the American musical.