- Hardcover: 250 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber (1 Mar. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571162029
- ISBN-13: 978-0571162024
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,110,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now Hardcover – 1 Mar 1998
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..."a wide ranging and provocative study... whatever your taste in musicals, you will be stimulated by what he has to say."
-"London Daily Telegraph, March 4, 2000
"A columnist and critic offers an irreverent history of the Broadway musical, a diverse and lively art form that, judging from the flood of revivals these days, may be in its death throes. Last year in the Book Review, Robert Gottlieb called this an 'eccentric, funny, shrewd, and somewhat dismaying book.'."
-"New York Times Book Review, May 21, 2000
"A witty, anecdote-stuffed history of the past seventy years in musicals."
-"The New Yorker
"Steyn deserves a standing ovation. . . . His prose is as sharp as his stiletto."
"Wise but wicked in his analysis . . . Steyn leaves no turn unstoned. . . . At last, a book of theater criticism with real teeth; it may rankle, but it never bores."
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About the Author
Mark Steyn is a columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph and Canada's National Post. He is theatre critic of The New Criterion, North American correspondent of The Spectator, and also contributes to The Wall Street Journal and The American Spectator. A Canadian citizen, he lives in New Hampshire and Québec. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It's divided into two halves. The first part deals with the mechanics of the musical: book, lyrics, music etc whilst the second is an examination of its place in our culture, with reference to the key `players': Kern, Hammerstein, Sondheim, Lloyd Webber etc. It has snappy chapter titles and a good index which makes it easy for references. Indeed, it's a book I come back to time and again.
Occasionally his enthusiasms or dislikes get the better of him and spill over too subjectively - you will be left in no doubt of his feelings about the work of Lloyd Webber and Sondheim from his extremely cutting remarks - but he ultimately does give a very fair analysis.
More importantly he is also a passionately political writer, who obviously believes the Arts to be an integral part of our society and our lives; there to question and challenge, but also all too often symptomatic of deeper problems.
Although the first chapters tend to be repetitive, this is a well-written and highly engaging book, which deserves to be read by everyone - and particularly by those who think they have no interest in the musical or in the imnportance of the arts in Britain and America today.
* That absurdity 'hoves into view' instead of heaves. HOVE IS A PAST TENSE, like gave or made or rode or strove. Nice to see my brand new spellcheck rejecting both hoves and the equally absurd (but worryingly common) hoved. I'm a linguistic conservative, moi
It is a little dated now - still a great book and if you read Steyn his wit is probably better served here than in some of his more recent journalism. Still worth a read but could do with a second volume as it doesn't really go near Disney. The end of the British Musical and the rise of In The Heights and Hamilton. About time for an update.
Mark Steyn's book made it worthwhile. Subjective, yes - highly so. Witty, pun-loaded, and irreverent - absolutely. Insightful, passionate, inspired, well-structured - check.
This book is absolutely essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in musical theatre/theatre/drama/songwriting/the arts/showbusiness. Even if you don't, it's a really good read - well-paced, snappy and easily digestible.
Buy this book immediately. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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If you're into Musical Theatre, either as a performer or informally, this book really tells you what makes it tick. Read morePublished on 7 May 2009 by M. J. Saxton