‘This is a work of considerable genius … intelligent, incisive, informed, yet immensely readable.’
'This well-structured, beautifully argued and thought provoking compendium proves itself to be an indispensable guide.'
Source: Classical Music
' … the companion is well written, effectively organized, readable, and visually attractive, punctuated by well-placed photographs and playbills. Footnotes are provided for each essay; the bibliography is extensive; and the index includes a full coverage of shows, songs, dances, lyricists and composers. Because of the updated chapters and the extensive new material included in the later edition, it is well worth having, even if the reader also has the earlier 2002 edition.'
Source: Studies in Musical 4