B0095. Richard Traubner. Operetta, a Theatrical History. Garden City, NY, Doubleday, 1983. First Edition. 461pp. Photos and Illus., Bibliography; Index; DJ. - 0-385-13232-8
“OPERETTA: A THEATRICAL HISTORY is considered the classic history of this important musical theater form. Traubner's book, first published in 1983, is still recognized as the key history of the people and productions that made operetta a worldwide phenomenon. Beginning in mid-19th
century Europe, the book covers all of the key developments in the form, including the landmark works by Strauss and his followers, Gilbert & Sullivan, Franz Lehár, Rudolf Friml, Victor Herbert, and many more. The book perfectly captures the champagne-and-ballroom atmosphere of the greatest works in the genre. It will appeal to all fans of musical theatre history. Here is a complete, richly illustrated history of operetta, that delightful form of musical theatre which enraptured audiences around the world for more than a century. Commencing with the one-act frivolities of Offenbach and Hervé, whom he credits with creating the genre, the author follows the evolution of operetta in each of its distinctly national incarnations, from the operas-bouffes of Offenbach to the successes of Lecocq and Planquette; from the Golden Vienna of Strauss, Suppé and Millöcker to the Silver Age triumphs of Lehár and Kalmán; from Gilbert and Sullivan to Noel Coward; from Victor Herbert to Lerner and Loewe. FROM LA BELLE HELENE to LES CLOCHES FE CORNEVILLE; from EINE NACHT IN VENEDIG to DAS LAND DES LÄCHELNS; from THE MIKADO to BITTER-SWEET; from NAUGHTY MARIETTA to MY FAIR LADY. Traubner examines the careers of the major operetta composers, the original productions of their works, the principal foreign versions, the famous revivals, and related aspects of public and critical reaction. The book is also a chronicle of operetta's great theatres, such as Paris's Bouffes-Parisiens, Vienna's Theater an der Wien; London's Savoy, as well as, its popular stars: Hortense Schneider, Yvonne Printemps, Lillian Russell, Julie Andrews and many more."
- Loyal Bluto