By M. Lundskaer-Nielsen
This can be one of many first books to provide a rigorous research of the big adjustments within the musical theatre through the Eighties and 90s. furthermore, it specializes in the contribution of famous, severe theatre administrators to the mainstream Musical Theatre and it's the first e-book to provide a twin Anglo-American standpoint in this topic.
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