Entitled "The Theater Will Rock: A History of the Rock Musical, from Hair to Hedwig," the 288-page tome, published by University of Michigan Press, is set to hit stores around the country Nov. 20. "The book," Wollman recently told Playbill.com, "began as my doctoral dissertation in ethnomusicology, which I got from the Graduate Center, CUNY, in 2002. I have since revised it significantly — the book version is much less academic, stylistically, I hope, and thus much more accessible than the dissertation was." "The book," Wollman adds, "traces the use of rock music in the musical theatre from the mid-1950s — when rock 'n' roll numbers were attempted in The Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 and the Bert Lahr-Nancy Walker revue The Girls Against the Boys in 1959, both of which were critically and commercially unsuccessful — to the turn of the century. The book is aimed at anyone interested in the postwar musical theatre, rock music or the cultural history of New York City."
"The Theater Will Rock" includes analyses of both flop rock musicals — Dude, The House of Leather, The Legend of Johnny Pot and Saturday Night Fever — as well as those that triumphed onstage: Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, The Who's Tommy and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Wollman, who resides in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, is currently at work on another theatre-based book, which will focus on "'adult' musicals in New York City during the 1970s and their relationship to contemporary attitudes about gender and sexuality."
"The Theater Will Rock" has a list price of $29.95. Amazon.com is currently accepting pre-orders for $19.77. Click here for more information.