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Broadway Musicalsby Ken Bloom
Synopses & Reviews
Finally, a book as glorious as its subject: this lush showcase for everyone who loves musicals covers the 101 most influential, popular, and enduring Broadway shows--all of which have toured the country and been performed in theatres large and small everywhere. Each listing includes expert commentary that sets the play in historical and cultural context, plus features on the creators and performers, plot synopses, cast and song lists, production details, backstage anecdotes, and more. Four or five beautifully reproduced photographs from each show--the majority never before published--accompany the text and make the shows leap off the page. Appendices and special features include cast albums, poster artists, revivals, guilty pleasures, Off-Broadway musicals, notable flops, and much more.
Book News Annotation:
Filled with lots of photos and juicy tidbits about stars, producers, and shows, fans will enjoy this suitably oversize (10.5x12.75") volume on hits that range from Annie to Zorba.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The 101 most influential, popular, and enduring Broadway productions are examined, with features on the creators and performers, plots, cast and song lists, and more. Full color.
About the Author
Ken Bloom is the author of American Song, Hollywood Song, and Tin Pan Alley. His Broadway: An Encyclopedic Guide to the History, People and Places of Times Squarewas named one of the top reference books of the year by the New York Public Library and was recently reissued in a new edition. Most recently, he published an illustrated book celebrating the career of Jerry Herman and a two-volume history of Twentieth Century-Fox music. Bloom is also a playwright, a theatre director, a radio host, an arts consultant, and the president of Harbinger Records. He lives in New York City.Frank Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original cast of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad. He did the photo editing and research for Ken Bloom's Jerry Hermanand Richard Norton's A Chronology of American Musical Theatre. He lives in New York City.
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