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This edition: Librettos and Masterpieces of The American Musical

Episode Details

Original tape date: January 23, 2015.

First aired: February 21, 2015.

Theater Talk focuses on the key theatrical art form, book writing, with two celebrated veteran librettists, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Thomas Meehan, along with Laurence Maslon, editor of the impressive new collection “American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of 16 Broadway Classics 1927-1969,” Meehan, whose books for musicals include “Annie” and “The Producers,” and Maltby, who wrote librettos for “Miss Saigon” and “Ain't Misbehavin'” among others, join Maslon in discussing the important books for shows included in the anthology, among them “Gypsy,” “Show Boat,” “Oklahoma! “ and an almost forgotten revue by Moss Hart, “As Thousands Cheer.”

Guest List

Richard Maltby, Jr. Librettist, “Miss Saigon”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’”

Laurence Maslon Editor, “American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of 16 Broadway Classics 1927-1969”

Thomas Meehan Librettist, “Annie”, “The Producers”