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Broadway Musicals, Revised and Updated: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Timeby Ken Bloom
Synopses & Reviews
A fully updated edition of the acclaimed and bestselling Broadway Musicals, now featuring an expanded off-Broadway section
Broadway Musicals is a richly illustrated, and information-packed celebration of the most popular and enduring Broadway shows of all time. Each show is featured in a detailed, photo-filled chapter that includes expert commentary, special features on the creators and performers, plot synopses, cast and song lists, production details, and backstage anecdotes. Also included are sidebars on Broadway flops, advertising posters, the greatest scores, and more. This edition includes several shows not in the original hardcover edition such as Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Wicked. An expanded off-Broadway section showcases beloved shows such as I Love You, You're Perfect, NowChange and Little Mary Sunshine.
Praise for Broadway Musicals:
"This book is a joy from cover to cover." --Dallas Morning News
"This book is a must for fans of musical theater." --Hartford Courant "A nostalgic treasure trove." --Seattle Times
"For any theater fan or musical buff it is a perfect abridged education." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Broadway Musicals is a visual delight." --Palm Beach Post
Book News Annotation:
In this update of the 2008 and 2004 editions, theater historian Bloom teams with actor Vlastnik to introduce this celebration of Broadway musical theatre. They selected the most popular and/or groundbreaking, vs. the best shows though there is considerable overlap; e.g., one section showcases "great scores from so-so shows." Spanning Annie to Zorba, the selections include historical-cultural context, opening date and venue, production data, cast, plot synopsis, featured songs, color photos, and off-stage anecdotes and quotes. A listing by date would be useful in subsequent editions. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Bloom is the author of The American Songbook: The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs; Jerry Herman: The Lyrics; and a two-volume history of Twentieth Century-Fox music, among other books. He lives in New York City.
Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original casts of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad. He lives in New York City.
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