Library Journal - Library JournalTheater historian Bloom ( American Song , LJ 4/15/85) focuses on the ten or so blocks of the Times Square area that over the years have made Broadway the heart of American theater. A brief but highly informative history precedes hundreds of entries, arranged alphabetically, which include mini-histories of all the theaters, information on the leading playwrights, composers, actors, producers, and directors, and such esoterica as publicity stunts, restaurants, slang, and even the huge signs that line the street. Bloom's bias toward musical theater is evident, and some repetition occurs among entries, along with the occasional error (actor Sydney Chaplin is described variously as Charlie's son and nephew). But in addition to providing a wealth of lore, much of which would be nearly impossible to find elsewhere, Bloom captures the essence of Broadway and makes the reader nostalgic for days past. Essential for theater collections.-- Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalYA-- A lushly illustrated compendium of theaters, playwrights, composers, reporters, and Broadway ``characters'' that captures and celebrates New York's ``Great White Way.'' Virtually every well-known theater, past and present, is cited with a brief history of its most popular productions. A worthwhile sourcebook for students of American history, popular culture, and theater.
BooknewsAn informal guidebook, both scholarly and anecdotal, to 100 years of Times Square history--the playwrights, composers, lyricists, producers and performers, restaurants, hotels, journalists, and gangsters who contributed to the legend, glamour, and gossip associated with Broadway. With some 190 b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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