Musicals

Author: DK Publishing, Inc
Publisher: Dk Pub
ISBN: 1465438866
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Performing Arts

From The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music to Les Misérables, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story brings the world's best-loved productions to life.The complete history of the musical is covered, from its earliest origins in dance halls and vaudeville, to the record-breaking West End musicals and spectacular Broadway shows of today. Discover the history, plots and stars of musical theatre and movie musicals, go backstage to find out behind-the-scenes gossip and delve into profiles of successful creators such as Disney and Andrew Lloyd Webber in this illustrated celebration. Plus fun infographics summarise plot, characters and songs, making this a handy reference guide of all the best-loved musicals.With a beautiful glittery cover capturing the excitement and glamour of a trip to the theatre, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story is a show-stopping celebration and a perfect gift for musical fans everywhere.

The Book of Broadway

Author: Eric Grode
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 9780760357347
Release Date: 2017-06
Genre: Performing Arts

The Book of Broadway is a celebratory, gorgeous tome dedicated to what is arguably the quintessential American art form: the Broadway show. Lose yourself in 150 profiles of the best, most influential, and most important Broadway musicals and plays ever produced.Shows profiled include everything from the 1860s musical The Black Crook, which captivated and titillated audiences for more than five hours, to Hamilton, Broadway's biggest story of 2016. The men and women who shaped Broadway history--such as Stephen Sondheim, Tennessee Williams, Bernadette Peters, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Ethel Merman, Marlon Brando, August Wilson, and Nathan Lane--are celebrated for their groundbreaking work and photographs throughout illustrate the stunning designs of the shows. This comprehensive book by Eric Grode--arts writer for The New York Times, and author of Hair: The Story of the Show That Defined a Generation--is the ultimate guide to Broadway shows. Even if you consider yourself an expert in the theater, you will be amazed by the fantastic Broadway trivia scattered throughout this volume, as well as the palpable sense of history in this encyclopedic treatment of one of our most beloved pastimes. Just a few of the titles included are: -Annie -The Book of Mormon -Bye Bye Birdie -Cat on a Hot Tin Roof -Chicago -Death of a Salesman -Fiddler on the Roof -Grease -Guys and Dolls -Hamilton -Hello, Dolly! -Kiss Me, Kate -Les Miserables -The Music Man -My Fair Lady -The Phantom of the Opera -Rent -Six Degrees of Separation -The Sound of Music -A Streetcar Named Desire -West Side Story And so many more!

Musicals

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ISBN: 0241214564
Release Date: 2015-09-23
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From The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music to Les Misérables, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story brings the world's best-loved productions to life. The complete history of the musical is covered, from its earliest origins in dance halls and vaudeville, to the record-breaking West End musicals and spectacular Broadway shows of today. Discover the history, plots and stars of musical theatre and movie musicals,go backstage to find out behind-the-scenes gossip and delve into profiles of successful creators such as Disney and Andrew Lloyd Webber in this illustrated celebration. Plus fun infographics summarise plot, characters and songs, making this a handy reference guide of all the best-loved musicals. With a beautiful glittery cover capturing the excitement and glamour of a trip to the theatre, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story isa show-stopping celebration and a perfect gift for musical fans everywhere.

The Broadway Musical Quiz Book

Author: Laura Frankos
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9781423492757
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Performing Arts

Includes over 80 quizzes on every aspect of the Broadway musical, including stars, directors, choreographers, shows imported from England, biographical shows, jukebox musicals, and shows by the decade.

The Secret Life of the American Musical

Author: Jack Viertel
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
ISBN: 9780374711252
Release Date: 2016-03-01
Genre: Performing Arts

A New York Times Bestseller For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, marriage, and children, who will start the cycle all over again. Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical? In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next—by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion—from Oklahoma! to Hamilton and onward. Structured like a musical, The Secret Life of the American Musical begins with an overture and concludes with a curtain call, with stops in between for “I Want” songs, “conditional” love songs, production numbers, star turns, and finales. The ultimate insider, Viertel has spent three decades on Broadway, working on dozens of shows old and new as a conceiver, producer, dramaturg, and general creative force; he has his own unique way of looking at the process and at the people who collaborate to make musicals a reality. He shows us patterns in the architecture of classic shows and charts the inevitable evolution that has taken place in musical theater as America itself has evolved socially and politically. The Secret Life of the American Musical makes you feel as though you’ve been there in the rehearsal room, in the front row of the theater, and in the working offices of theater owners and producers as they pursue their own love affair with that rare and elusive beast—the Broadway hit.

More Broadway musicals

Author: Martin Gottfried
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
ISBN: UOM:39015032710033
Release Date: 1991-09
Genre: Music

Documents the new generation of musicals to hit Broadway, showcasing the talents of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Tommy Tune, and other notables

Musical Theatre

Author: John Kenrick
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474267014
Release Date: 2017-07-27
Genre: Performing Arts

Musical Theatre: A History is a new revised edition of a proven core text for college and secondary school students – and an insightful and accessible celebration of twenty-five centuries of great theatrical entertainment. As an educator with extensive experience in professional theatre production, author John Kenrick approaches the subject with a unique appreciation of musicals as both an art form and a business. Using anecdotes, biographical profiles, clear definitions, sample scenes and select illustrations, Kenrick focuses on landmark musicals, and on the extraordinary talents and business innovators who have helped musical theatre evolve from its roots in the dramas of ancient Athens all the way to the latest hits on Broadway and London's West End. Key improvements to the second edition: · A new foreword by Oscar Hammerstein III, a critically acclaimed historian and member of a family with deep ties to the musical theatre, is included · The 28 chapters are reformatted for the typical 14 week, 28 session academic course, as well as for a two semester, once-weekly format, making it easy for educators to plan a syllabus and reading assignments. · To make the book more interactive, each chapter includes suggested listening and reading lists, designed to help readers step beyond the printed page to experience great musicals and performers for themselves. A comprehensive guide to musical theatre as an international phenomenon, Musical Theatre: A History is an ideal textbook for university and secondary school students.

Broadway A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles

Author: Fran Leadon
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393285451
Release Date: 2018-04-17
Genre: History

An eye-opening history of Manhattan told through its most celebrated street. In the early seventeenth century, in a backwater Dutch colony, there was a wide, muddy cow path that the settlers called the Brede Wegh. As the street grew longer, houses and taverns began to spring up alongside it. What was once New Amsterdam became New York, and farmlands gradually gave way to department stores, theaters, hotels, and, finally, the perpetual traffic of the twentieth century’s Great White Way. From Bowling Green all the way up to Marble Hill, Broadway takes us on a mile-by-mile journey up America’s most vibrant and complex thoroughfare, through the history at the heart of Manhattan. Today, Broadway almost feels inevitable, but over the past four hundred years there have been thousands who have tried to draw and erase its path. Following their footsteps, we learn why one side of the street was once considered more fashionable than the other; witness the construction of Trinity Church, the Flatiron Building, and the Ansonia Hotel; the burning of P. T. Barnum’s American Museum; and discover that Columbia University was built on the site of an insane asylum. Along the way we meet Alexander Hamilton, Emma Goldman, Edgar Allan Poe, John James Audubon, "Bill the Butcher" Poole, and the assorted real-estate speculators, impresarios, and politicians who helped turn Broadway into New York’s commercial and cultural spine. Broadway traces the physical and social transformation of an avenue that has been both the "Path of Progress" and a "street of broken dreams," home to both parades and riots, startling wealth and appalling destitution. Glamorous, complex, and sometimes troubling, the evolution of an oft-flooded dead end to a canyon of steel and glass is the story of American progress.

Patti Lupone

Author: Patti LuPone
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780307460745
Release Date: 2011-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The multiple award-winning actress traces the story of her career from her junior high-school performance of the title character in Gypsy to her 2008 opening on Broadway as Louise's mother, Rose, in a candid account that also describes her personal and professional relationships. Reprint.

Broadway

Author: Laurence Maslon
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema
ISBN: 1423491033
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Music

Presents a history of the Broadway musical theater, including summaries of the shows, photographs of the stars, posters, sheet music, production stills, and essays by theater luminaries.

The Ultimate Broadway Musical List Book

Author: Steven M. Friedman
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781491786963
Release Date: 2016-02-16
Genre: Performing Arts

From Showboat to Hamilton, American musical theater has long held the imagination of the nation’s theatergoers. Those who love Broadway musicals always have their favorites—their all-time bests, their most reviled shows, and the ones that are absolutely unforgettable. The Ultimate Broadway Musical List Book considers the history of the Broadway musical from the unique perspective of the list—the bests and worsts of various eras, the groundbreaking shows and the forgotten gems. Author Steven M. Friedman explores the musicals of the last ninety years, taking apart favorites and flops alike in numerous creative ways. These lists offer facts and background that stimulate laugh and discussion, provoke passionate reactions, and provide tons of fun for any Broadway enthusiast. Offering a new twist on the subject, this collection explores Broadway musicals and their history and provides intriguing background for music theater aficionados of all levels.

Showstoppers

Author: Gerald Nachman
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613731055
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Genre: Performing Arts

When Robert Preston shouted "Ya got trouble!" in River City, when Carol Channing glided down a gilded staircase while waiters serenaded her with "Hello, Dolly!," when Barbra Streisand defied us to rain on her parade in Funny Girl, audiences were instantly enchanted. Showstoppers! is all about Broadway musicals' most memorable numbers—why they were so effective, how they were created, and why they still resonate. Much of it is told through the eyes of the performers, songwriters, directors, and choreographers who first built these explosive numbers and lit the fuse. Gerald Nachman interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures, including Patti LuPone, John Raitt, Jerry Herman, Edie Adams, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Grey, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander, Tommy Tune, Sheldon Harnick, and Harold Prince, uncovering priceless untold anecdotes and details.

Razzle Dazzle

Author: Michael Riedel
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451672169
Release Date: 2015-10-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"A revered and provocative theater observer presents a grand history of the producers, directors, actors, and critics battling for creative and financial control of Broadway"--Front jacket flap.

On Broadway

Author: Drew Hodges
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 9780847848249
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Advertising agencies

A visual and oral history of the last twenty years of theater, containing a collection of behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and posters, as well as personal anecdotes.

Showtime

Author: Larry Stempel
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 039392906X
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Music

Showtime brings the history of Broadway musicals to life in a narrative as engaging as the subject itself--beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849 to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent.