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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the musical theatre fan, 30 May 2012
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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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