The american musical though one of the united states most popular and emblematic musical genres has long been neglected as a topic for academic study only recently have scholars taken up the serious study of musicals and serious criticism and commentary available to non professionals is still sparse the oxford handbook of the american musical covers many disciplines concerned with the genre. The oxford handbook of the american musical oxford handbooks knapp raymond morris mitchell wolf stacy on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the oxford handbook of the american musical oxford handbooks. Oxford handbooks offer authoritative and up to date surveys of original research in a particular subject area specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates as well as a foundation for future research. The oxford handbook of the american musical offers new and cutting edge essays on the most important and compelling issues and topics in the growing interdisciplinary field of musical theater and film musical studies. The history of the american musical is framed by spectacular successes driven by faustian elements the black crook 1866 running for decades based loosely on webers der freischutz the freeshooter and the phantom of the opera 1988 still running as of 2019 yet straightforwardly faust based musicals are rare with damn yankees 1955 being the single obvious example
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