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Broadway Musicals [Hardcover]

Ken Bloom , Frank Vlastnik
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Book Description

1 Dec 2010
This information-filled and photography-packed celebration of Broadway has been thoroughly updated to include the latest shows, and an expanded off-Broadway section. It celebrates popular theatre's most enduring artform and brings to life the best-loved shows of all time - from Annie Get Your Gun to the Ziegfeld Follies, including Brigadoon, Cabaret, Grease, Evita, Chorus Line, Cats, Carousel and Anything Goes. Broadway Musicals includes: Creators and Performers; Stars who Failed to Conquer Broadway; Great Off-Broadway Musicals; Poster Art and Artists; Show Slang; Broadway Theatres; Revues; Nudity on Broadway; Notable Flops.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc; Rev Upd edition (1 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128494
  • Product Dimensions: 32.3 x 27.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the musical theatre fan 30 May 2012
By A. Non
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This is a beautifully-presented coffee-table book. It's an incredibly large, glossy hardback that will make a perfect gift to the Broadway buff in your life.

Inside, there are details of 101 notable musicals spanning nearly one hundred years of Broadway history. There are perennial classics such as "Gypsy", "Cabaret", "Chicago" and "The King and I", modern favourites such as "Wicked" and "Avenue Q", and everything before and in between. The pages for each musical come with a production history, an original Broadway cast list, several photographs from the actual show, a short synopsis, and a song list (often reminding you why you loved a show so much in the first place)

Also scattered through the book are short biographies of several notable Broadway actors, songwriters, etc. There are also many little quotes relating to performers and shows.

One of my personal favourite quotes can be found in the pages for "Hair" and states that in "Hair" "you were a professional if you turned up".

There are several pages about notable off-Broadway shows, the old revues, notable flops, bad shows that had good songs, and two interesting pages on the original Ziegfeld Follies of 1919, complete with some rare photographs.

Whether you're an absolute Broadway fanatic, or just find the subject mildly entertaining, you're bound to find something to interest you in this large, lavish book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very nice, but incomplete ~ 15 Feb 2013
By Christopher Barrett - Published on
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I wanted to add a positive review. My partner and I are huge fans of Broadway musicals, so I got her this for her birthday. We enjoy reading it very much. But there are a couple of things to point out:

The jacket mentions several musicals, Les Miserables in particular, but there is no individual entry for said musical. There are several other shows mentioned but not included with their own entry, such as Miss Saigon. There are more, but the rest don't come to mind right away. We were wondering if perhaps since Les Miserables (and some others) were created for the stage overseas, perhaps that is why they were not included? Though Les Miserables is just one of the main examples I use since it was specifically mentioned on the inside flap and mentioned in several other entries in the core of this book.

But for the positives. This is a rather large book, size wise and all. There are many enjoyable, glossy photos. Also, and most favorably is that the book has many entries for older Broadway shows which are no longer in existence. Many of these were well known in their own time, but little footage remains. The shows all seem to have some importance in the history of Broadway.

I also enjoyed the little extra sections, such as the entry about the biggest Broadway flops (Seussical anyone?) and other entries about musicals with a great song but little else going for it, or a great cast with lackluster music.

All in all a great coffee table book that will get attention. We have many friends and family members pick it up the minute they see it, and it's always a great conversation starter. A conversation which usually ends with us putting on The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray]. I highly recommend it for the musical lover in your life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the Balcony and Beyond 23 April 2011
By Richard Rubinstein - Published on
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Growing up in New York, I was fortunate to have seen many of these wonderful Broadway Musicals. Some of these I saw with original cast and some as revivals. Our home was loaded with original-cast albums. This book brought back memories especially of the musical scores some of which I can play from memory. I really appreciated the list of song titles for each musical. In short, a great overview of greatest shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 20 Nov 2011
By James Tibbs - Published on
I have read countless books about New York theatre. I consider this one of the best. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in musical theatre as entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway Musicals 23 Jan 2012
By LAW - Published on
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We ordered this book for our son and he thought it was amazing. Because he is going into a career of Musical Theatre, he feels this book will really help him out down the road when he has papers to write about different shows, and as a good reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Gift for Aspiring Broadway Star 12 May 2014
By Bookpuppy - Published on
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This was a birthday present for my 15-year old niece, who performs in amateur musicals. It seemed like she really loved it !
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