Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination
Something's Coming, Something Good takes a critical, comprehensive look at one of the most inventive, influential, and internationally beloved musicals of all time. Softcover, 279 pp. $21.99.
Broadway Musicals Show by Show 7th Edition
Stanley Green & Cary Ginell
This updated edition of one of the best-selling and comprehensive Broadway reference books, first published in 1985, has been expanded to include many of the most important and memorable productions of the American musical theatre, including revivals. Chronologically arranged, beginning with The Black Crook in 1866, the seventh edition adds new entries on numerous musicals from recent years. Softcover, 481 pp. $22.99.
Broadway Musical MVPs 1960-2010
In Broadway Musical MVPs, 1960-2010, Peter Filichia names his choices for the MVPs of each of the past fifty Broadway seasons, they might be performers, producers, directors, or choreographers. Softcover, 335 pp. $22.99.
The Sound of Musicals
Out of a lifetime of theatre-going, the critic and biographer Ruth Leon celebrates this joyous theatrical form. Hardcover, 127 pp. $23.50.
Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre from the start of the Cold War to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. Softcover, 306 pp. $27.95.
The Book of Mormon: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
Book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, foreword by Mark Harris
14 Tony Award nominations! The only official companion book to the new Broadway musical from the creators of South Park and the co-creator of Avenue Q. Features the complete script and song lyrics, with 4-color spot illustrations throughout, an original introduction by the creators. $22.95.
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954 - 1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
This promises to give the reader a rare unparralleled insight into the art, life and times of one of the geniuses of the modern American musical theatre. Rich with history, personal insights and intimate details, Sondheim discusses his relationship with his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II and his collaborations with legends like Bernstein, Laurents, Rodgers, Prince, Mary Martin, Angela Lansbury, Ethel Merman and countless others. All this and the lyrics for all his productions from 1954 - 81. Cloth, $46.00.
Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time
Ken Bloom & Frank Valstnik
Now revised and updated, this lush celebration of musicals chronicles the 101 most influential, popular and enduring shows, along the way profiling dozens of composers, writers, performers and designers. A vast array of 850 ravishing photographs leap off the pages and, in themselves, make this book a publishing milestone. Broadway Musicals is made complete by an extensive colllection plot synopses, cast and song lists, and much more. Hardcover, 336 pp. $49.95.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Including rarelly seen archival photographs and documents associated with the original production, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess commemorates this uniquely American opera and the creators, the performers, and the times that produced it. Hardcover, 190 pp.
The Guest List
Ethan Mordenn has penned a fascinating social history of Manhattan's Golden Age that begins with a look at how early-twentieth-century immigrants stirred the cultural melting pot to create a new model of sophistication for the nation. Behind the glamour however, Mordenn unearths the backlash which occured in the Heartland -- a resistance against the supposed cultural subversion by foreigners, intellectuals, and people of indeterminate gender preference. This tension, brilliantly exposed, makes The Guest List a thought-provoking work of cultural history. Hardcover, 317 pp. $34.50.
The Broadway Musical Quiz Book
With over eighty quizzes devoted to the careers of Broadway's brightest stars and most successful writers, directors, and producers, this book is the ultimate trivia resource for every musical theatre fanatic. Softcover, 271 pp. $18.95.
Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theatre
From ABBA to Zigeunerbaron, Robert Blumenfeld's remarkable and lively book is chock-full of facts about all kinds of musical theater -- including opera, operetta, and musical comedy -- and the people who have made them possible. This comprehensive dictionary is a must-have research tool and handy reference for students, teachers, professional singers, directors, producers, and anyone who loves music and theatre. Softcover, 399 pp. $19.99.
Showtime A History of Broadway Musical Theatre
The culmination of decades of research,Stempel has written a thoroughly comprehensive and authoritative history which brings the Broadway story to life. Cloth, $50.00. September.
Forbidden Broadway: Behind the Mylar Curtain
This journey through the creation and history of Forbidden Broadway offers a dazzling, whimsical inside glimpse at the evolution of the show in its twenty incarnations to date, with zany parodies, hilarious lyrics, and behind-the-scenes stories. Told with dozens of outrageous pictures from the productions, as well as photos of major celebrities who attended the show, this one-of-a-kind story is narrated by the creator-writer-director of Forbidden Broadway, Gerard Alessandrini. Hardcover, 265 pp. $24.99.
With hit TV shows picking the leads in productions of Oliver! and The Sound of Music, and smash musicals like Hairspray all the West End rage, musical theatre is as popular as it's ever been. James Inverne provides an indispensable guide to his top one hundred greatest shows of all time -- and ten of the worst. Whether you know your Pal Joey from The Producers, or your West Side Story from your Which Witch?, this book is packed with entertaining behind-the-scenes stories, essential songlists and comprehensive recording guides. Softcover, 293 pp. $10.99.
The Great American Book Musical: A Manifesto, A Monograph, A Manual
Denny Martin Flinn
By analyzing the scores, lyrics, librettos, and choreography of innovative and revolutionary shows such as Oklahoma!, On the Town, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and Dreamgirls, as well as looking at what propelled certain shows to success (and what caused some to flop), The Great American Book Musical provides the current generation with a thorough history and practical guide to the creation of Great American Book Musicals of their own. Softcover, 261 pp. $24.94.
The American Musical
and the Performance of Personal Identity
The American musical has long provided an important vehicle through which writers, performers, and audiences reimagine who they are and how they might best interact with the world around them. By considering specific themes -- fairy tales and fantasy, idealism and inspiration, gender and sexuality, and personal relationships -- Raymond Knapp explores how musicals enable us to perform alternative versions of ourselves and thereby "try on" alternative identities. Softcover, 470 pp. $32.95.
The Cambridge Companion to the Musical
Edited by William A. Everett & Paul R. Laird
Tracing the development of the musical both on Broadway and in London's West End through a series of essays, this updated Companion provides a thorough overview of one of the most popular forms of musical performance. This updated and revised edition contains five new chapters covering: ethnic musicals in the US; the european musical; Broadway revival musicals; television adaptations; most recent shows; and a case study of the creation of Wicked based on interviews with its creators. Softcover, 412 pp. $25.95.
Musical Theatre: A History
Musical Theatre: A History covers it all, from the opening number to curtain call, offering readers the most up-to-date history of the art form. As informative as it is entertaining, Musical Theatre is richly illustrated with anecdotes of shows and show people. It is cause for celebration for those working in the theatre as well as its legion of devoted fans. Hardcover, 408 pp. $49.95.
The Oxford Companion to the American Musical
With more than two thousand entries, this illustrated guide offers a wealth of information on musicals, performers, composers, lyricists, producers, choreographers and much more. This well-researched and entertaining source is the first place to turn for reliable information on virtually every aspect of the American musical. Hardcover, 923 pp. $43.95.
Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It
Brian Sibley & Micheal Lassell
This is an illustrated tribute to the world's favourite flying nanny, who blew in on the east wind one day, unpacked her carpetbag, and took up residence in the collective imagination of the world. The main book features her story and is divided into three sections - one for the books, one for the film, and one for the musical. Additionally, there are two seperate portfolios: one presents the inspired artwork of Tony award-winning set and costume designer Bob Crowley, and the other features dozens of colourful photographs showcasing every scene in the fully realized Broadway production. Hardcover, 107 pp. $58.00.
Spring Awakening: In The Flesh
The Official Companion to the Broadway Musical
Spring Awakening: In The Flesh is more than just a companion book. It is a new opportunity to experience the show. Designed to resemble a vandalized book, this beautiful volume offers more than one hundred photographs, handwritten drafts of its hit songs, original sketches of costumes and sets, an annotated, unabridged libretto, and unprecedented acces to the hit show. Hardcover, 170 pp. $47.00.
The Routledge Guide to Broadway
This is an A-to-Z reference guide aimed at students of performance, theatre history, direction and production, as well as anyone with an interest in Broadway. Includes a comprehensive history of Broadway theatre, focusing on key performers, writers, directors, plays, musicals, and the folklore of Broadway. Softcover, 288 pp. $23.95.
Broadway Babylon: Glamour, Glitz, and Gossip on the Great White Way
Discerning fact from fiction, quoting hundreds of players, and revealing the stories behind over a century of major headlines, this hilarious and poignant volume raises the curtain on a legacy of top-of-the-line talent, outsized and clashing personalities, unprecedented greed, embarrassing disasters, and barely masked discrimination. Written with affection and audacity its subject demands, Broadway Babylon celebrates life on the Great White Way - warts and all. Hardcover, 342 pp. $31.00.
The House That George Built
For four glittering decades, geniuses like Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen ran their fingers over piano keys, enticing unforgettable melodies out of thin air. Critically acclaimed writer Wilfrid Sheed knew the legends, mingled with the greats, and gossiped with the insiders. Now he's crafted a dazzling, authoritative history of the era that "tripled the world's total supply of singable tunes." Sparkling with wit, insight and the grace notes of wonderful songs, The House That George Built is a heartfelt, intensely personal portrait of an unforgettable era. Softcover, 330 pp. $19.00.
The Making of The Sound of Music
The Making of The Sound of Music tells the full story of the making of the show, from the first rough ideas through the tryouts, fine tuning, and eventual triumph - all from an eyewitness to the events themselves. Max Wilk brings a musical theatre historian's eye to the work, along with his passionate involvement as a witness to this history. For anyone and everyone who has ever been thrilled by The Sound of Music, this book is a must. Softcover, 111 pp. $21.50.
The Playbill Broadway Yearbook June 2006 - May 2007
Taking the form of a school yearbook, this third edition is packed with photos, facts and memorabilia fro the 2006-2007 Broadway Season. Crammed with backstage stories on all 67 Broadway production of the season gathered from excellent sources including dressers, stage doormen, stage managers and cast members, this is the definitive “ go-to” for Broadway fans everywhere. Hardcover. $37.95. Coming in September.
What Would Barbra Do? How Musicals Changed My Life
From An American in Paris to Oklahoma!, Brockes explores the history, art and politics of musicals, and how they have become an indelible part of our popular culture. At the heart of What Would Barbra Do? is a touching story about a daughter, a mother, and how musicals kept them together. Softcover, 270 pp. $28.95.
All That Glittered: The Golden Age of Drama on Broadway, 1919-1959
From the 1920s to the late 1950s, the Broadway theatre was the center of America's cultural universe. Ethan Mordden, long one of the liveliest chriniclers of Broadway's history, re-creates this lost world as only he can, telling us how those fifteen square blocks of Manhattan real estate became every American's touchstone for sophistication, intelligence, and wit. Hardcover, 340 pp. $40.95.
North: The Dream of a Canadian Musical Theatre
Did you know that the idea behind the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes was first
tried out in Toronto? That Canada produced the world's longest-running annual
revue? Or that Anne of Green Gables has played more performances
at the Charlottetown Festival than South Pacific did in its
original Broadway production? All this and more is illuminated in Mel Atkey's
enthusiastic tribute to Canadian musical theatre. Softcover, 309 pp. $29.95.
Color Purple: A Memory Book of the Broadway Musical
This glorious book takes the reader inside the hit show with interviews, photographs,
and personal mementoes from the cast, writers, and producers. See pages from
Alice Walker's original handwritten version of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel;
learn how Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze transforms night after night into
Celie; see the original sketches of the costumes and sets. Designed to resemble
a family album, this book is a piece of the show that is a must-have for anyone
moved by Celie's story. Hardcover, 183 pp. $49.95.
The Musical as Drama
Derived from the colorful traditions of vaudville, burlesque, revue, and
operetta, the musical has blossomed into America's most popular form
of theater. Scott McMillin has developed a fresh aesthetic theory
of this underrated art form, exploring the musical as a type of drama
deserving the kind of critical and theoretical regard given to Chekhov
or opera. Hardcover, 230 pp. $32.95.
The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical
Many of today's Broadway shows, from Rent to The
Lion King to Movin' Out,
have become commercial hits, but do they have the cultural importance
or the dramatic and musical artistry of such enduring productions
as Oklahoma!, Show Boat, or Kiss
Me, Kate? This is just one of the
compelling questions considered by Mark N. Grant in his highly original,
incisive, and spirited examination of the rise, heyday, and decline
of American musical theatre. Softcover, $29.95.
Writing the Broadway Musical
Brimming with advice and techniques, this essential reference, the
only one of its kind, demonstrates the fundamentals of the three crafts
of the musical -- the book, the music, and the lyrics. Using many
both contemporary and classic musicals and accounting for the "British
Invasion" and Disney on Broadway, this is the ideal musical writer's
guide to the art, and will increase the theatergoer's pleasure as well.
Softcover, 182 pp. $29.00.
America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood,
and Tin Pan Alley
Phillip Furia & Michael Lasser
America's Songs tells the fascinating, funny, and sometimes
poignant stories behind the greatest songs ever to emerge from the Broadway
Hollywood movies, and the music industry of Tin Pan Alley. In addition
each song's inspiration, creation, and enduring popularity, America's
Songs shows how these "standards" mirror American life from the
years before World War I through the years after Vietnam. Softcover,
327 pp. $20.95.
The Playbill Broadway Yearbook
Packed, cover-to-cover, with full-colour photographs and encyclopedic information,
The Playbill Broadway Yearbook is the ultimate one-volume record of the
Broadway season. Hardcover, 422 pp. $38.95.
Little Musicals for Little Theatres
Denny Martin Flinn
This comprehensive, practical, and entertaining handbook contains essential
information on more than 150 small musicals that any theatre or school
can produce with limited resources. In each entry you will find a
synopsis of the musical, its cast size, a list of musical numbers,
as well as the author's professional comments on the advantages and
disadvantages of producing the show. Softcover, 293 pp. $23.95.
Today in History: Musicals
Today in History: Musicals takes you through a year's worth of ups and
downs in the history of Broadway and movie musicals, day by day.
Packed with memorable events in musicals history, trivia, insider
tidbits, and quotable lines from the best of musical theater, this
is the perfect companion for any fan. Softcover, $19.50.
Second Act Trouble: Behind the Scenes at Broadway's Big Musical Bombs
If Broadway's triumphant musical hits are exhilararting, the backstage tales
of Broadway failures are tantalizing soap operas in miniature. Behind
every fabled flop is a set of claims, countercharges, and recriminations
some of the biggest egos in the public eye, struggling to save face.
In Second Act Trouble Steven Suskin has compiled and annotated long-forgotten,
first-person accounts of 25 Broadway musicals from the 1930s to the 1990s
that stubbornly went awry. Hardcover, $36.95.
Musicals: Facts, Figures & Fun
A beautifully researched trawl through the glamorous world of musicals
on stage and screen. Perfect material for a music-based quiz or just
a quiet read in the smallest room in the house. Hardcover, 96 pp.
Unfinished Business: Broadway Musicals as Works-in-Progress
In this fresh approach to musical theatre history, Bruce Kirle challenges
the commonly understood trajectory of the genre. Drawing on the notion
that the world of the author stays fixed while the world of audience
is ever-changing, Kirle suggests that musicals are open, fluid products
the particular cultural moment in which they are performed. Incomplete
as printed texts and scores, musicals take on unpredictable lives
of their own in the complex transformation from page to stage. This
will appeal to students, scholars, and lifelong musical theatre enthusiasts.
Softcover, 252 pp. $87.99.
Classic American Popular Song: The Second Half-Century, 1950-2000
David Velsey & Don Jenness
What happened to American popular song after 1950? While 1950 is seen as
the end of an era, the tap of popular song creation hardly ran dry after
that date. This book tackles the issue head on, answering questions such
as: Was there a decline in quality or quantity of pop song after 1950?
Were the highly successful writers who emerged after 1950 working in
style? Did they adopt new musical and verse techniques, and thus shape
a new genre to be judged in retrospect as a new classic style? Are the
post-1950 songs as memorable, viewed now after another 50 years, as those
before? Will they last as long, and mean as much? Finally, if indeed
there is still a great tradition, how vital is this tradition as of 2000?
Hardcover, 385 pp. $46.50.
Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time
Ken Bloom & Frank Vlastnik
This lush celebration of musicals chronicles the 101 most influential,
popular and enduring shows, along the way profiling dozens of composers,
writers, performers and designers. A vast array of 850 ravishing
photographs leap off the pages and, in themselves, make this book
a publishing milestone.
Broadway Musicals is
made complete by an extensive collection plot synopses, cast and song lists,
and much more. Hardcover, 336 pp. $52.00 .
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