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New Book And Podcast By Celebrated Theatre HistorianFifty Key Stage Musicals

New Book And Podcast By Celebrated Theatre HistorianFifty Key Stage Musicals

Routledge Press has released Robert W. Schneider and Shannon Agnew’s new book, Fifty Key Stage Musicals, an exploration of fifty musicals whose creation impacted the trajectory of musical theater history.

“Fifty Key Stage Musicals is designed to introduce both students of musical theater, as well as its fans, to groundbreaking musicals that moved the genre forward in some way. We hope that this book will initiate a conversation about musical theater’s past and its impact on contemporary storytelling.” Schneider said.

Shows highlighted in the book include traditionally noted landmark musicals Show Boat, Oklahoma, and Hamilton, as well as musicals not typically explored in the discussion of musical theater history, such as Promises, Promises; the 1994 revival of Grease; and Seussical.

Contributors to the book include a collection of artists, historians, and scholars including Jerrell L. Henderson, Peter Filichia, Laura Frankos, Laurence Maslon, Scott Miller, and Susan B. Russell.

Fifty Key Stage Musicals is published by Routledge Press and is available here.

In addition to the book, the Broadway Podcast Network will host Fifty Key Stage Musicals: The Podcast, offering a deeper understanding of each production and can be used by educators and scholars as a supplement to the book. The podcast will be hosted by Schneider and Andrew Child.

Guests on the podcast include Tony Award winners Lianah Sta. Ana, Susan Stroman, and Brian Yorkey, as well as Jerrell L. Henderson, Carla Mirabal Rodriguez, Elizabeth L. Wollman and many others.

Fifty Key Stage Musicals: The Podcast is produced by the Broadway Podcast Network and is available here.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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