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German Operetta on Broadway and in the West End, 1900–1940
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Academic attention has focused on America's influence on European stage works, and yet dozens of operettas from Austria and Germany were produced on Broadway and in the West End, and their impact on the musical life of the early twentieth century is undeniable. In this ground breaking book, Derek B. Scott examines the cultural transfer of operetta from the German stage to Britain and the USA and offers a historical and critical survey of these operettas and their music. In the period 1900–1940, over sixty operettas were produced in the West End, and over seventy on Broadway. A study of these stage works is important for the light they shine on a variety of social topics of the period - from modernity and gender relations to new technology and new media - and these are investigated in the individual chapters. This book is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


‘This virtuoso study provides valuable insights into the musical styles, business models, stars, creators and infrastructures associated with operetta during the decades surrounding the turn of the twentieth century. Scott provides salient distinctions between Viennese and Berlin operetta styles and discusses how both approaches played out in London and New York. His insights into the concepts and production systems of operetta complicate and therefore add to previous accounts of the genre. Scott's book helps us gain a deeper appreciation of this highly popular and influential part of the wider musical theatre firmament and its influence on contemporary transnational practices.'

William Everett - University of Missouri, Kansas City

'Considering that there are not that many new books on operetta in English, one must greet Derek B. Scott’s fresh-off-the-press German Operetta on Broadway and in the West End, 1900-1940 with a big cheer … [the book] gives a clear overview of this particular field, as a good introduction that mentions many important aspects that will give students more than enough to do on their own in the years to follow.'

Kevin Clarke Source: Operetta Research Center (

'Rather than looking at the influence of American operettas on European stage productions (the customary approach), this excellent study focuses on the influence of German operettas on the stages of the West End and Broadway from 1900 to 1940.'

R. Pitts Source: Choice

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  • German Operetta on Broadway and in the West End, 1900–1940
    pp i-ii
  • German Operetta on Broadway and in the West End, 1900–1940 - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Figures and Tables
    pp vii-viii
  • Music Examples
    pp ix-ix
  • Acknowledgements
    pp x-x
  • Introduction
    pp 1-16
  • Part I - The Production of Operetta
    pp 17-18
  • 1 - The Music of Operetta
    pp 19-54
  • 2 - Cultural Transfer: Translation and Transcreation
    pp 55-88
  • 3 - The Business of Operetta
    pp 89-124
  • 4 - Producers, Directors, Designers, and Performers
    pp 125-158
  • Part II - The Reception of Operetta
    pp 159-160
  • 5 - The Reception of Operetta in London and New York
    pp 161-190
  • 6 - Operetta and Intermediality
    pp 191-220
  • 7 - Operetta and Modernity
    pp 221-251
  • 8 - Operetta and Cosmopolitanism
    pp 252-276
  • Postlude: The Demise of Operetta
    pp 277-283
  • Appendices
    pp 284-316
  • Appendix 3 - Operettas with English Librettos by Composers for the German Stage
    pp 319-323
  • Appendix 4 - Selected Period Recordings of English Versions of Operetta from the German Stage
    pp 324-340
  • Appendix 5 - Selected Films in English of Operettas by Composers for the German Stage
    pp 341-344
  • Appendix 6 - Research Resources
    pp 345-350
  • Bibliography
    pp 351-367
  • Reference
    pp 366-367
  • Index
    pp 368-384


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