Synopses & Reviews
Tony Award winner and Broadway icon Brian Stokes Mitchell brings star power to this Broadway treasury. With entries such as "audition," "box office," "marquee," and "understudy," kids will discover Broadway from A to Z. Elliot Kreloff's energetic and dynamic illustrations come from someone who clearly knows theater from first-hand experiences. With an introduction by Mitchell, quotes from famous Broadway performers, and theater facts and trivia, fans of all ages will delight in this compendium.
"Tony Award winning actor Mitchell's fittingly dramatic introduction ushers readers into the world of Broadway, inviting them to 'be ignited by the incredible collaborative magic that gives life and light to the theater.' The theme of collaboration recurs throughout this alphabetical roundup of theatrical terms A is for actor, O is for orchestra, U is for understudy which spotlights the many roles that play a part in mounting a stage production. Other entries (improvisation, lights, rehearsal) address techniques or mechanics of the theater. Quotations from celebrated actors, producers, and other figures from the theater world (among them Nathan Lane, Billy Crudup, and Idina Menzel) add sparkle and insight to these busy pages, but there are also humdrum bits ('Every member of the audience needs a ticket in order to enter the theater and see the show'). Kreloff's neon illustrations incorporate a range of display type and cartoon styles, and evoke the dazzle and buzz of Broadway. A CD featuring Mitchell singing an adaptation of 'I Was Here' is included. Ages 8 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Tony Award winner and Broadway powerhouse Brian Stokes Mitchell brings star power to this treasury about Broadway -- from audition and box office to marquee and understudy. With an introduction by Mitchell, quotes from famous Broadway performers, and theatre facts and trivia, this is a must-have book for aspiring actors and theater fans of all ages.
About the Author
Harriet Ziefert is the author of over 200 children's books. The mother of two and the grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.
Elliot Kreloff received a Masters in Theatre Direction from Hunter College. His first role ever was as Pinocchio; and he also played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Today, Elliot Kreloff is an illustrator and designer of books for children. He lives in New York City and Fire Island, New York.
Brian Stokes Mitchell's Broadway career includes performances in many shows, among them Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate (Tony Award); and Ragtime. Mitchell has also made numerous appearances in film, television, and concerts. He is the current president of the Actors Fund.