Broadway: The American Musicalby Laurence Maslon
Pub. Date: 10/13/2004
Along with jazz and abstract expressionism, the Broadway musical is one of the few uniquely American art forms. A companion to the six-part PBS documentary series, BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is the first comprehensive history of the musical, from its roots at the turn of the 20th century through the smashing successes of the new millennium. The compelling,… See more details below
Along with jazz and abstract expressionism, the Broadway musical is one of the few uniquely American art forms. A companion to the six-part PBS documentary series, BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is the first comprehensive history of the musical, from its roots at the turn of the 20th century through the smashing successes of the new millennium. The compelling, in-depth text is lavishly illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, sheet-music covers, posters, scenic renderings, production stills, rehearsal shots, and caricatures, many previously unpublished. Complementing the narrative are lively sidebars that highlight the stars, the shows, and the songsthe key ingredients that make the musical great. Each chapter also included essays written by some of Broadway's most fascinating luminaries, past and present. An entertaining amalgam of unpublished material, candid and production photographs, and a trunkful of anecdotes and Broadway lore, BROADWAY will appeal to eighth-graders in their first high school musical as well as to connoisseurs of the art form.
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This book is the best thing that any theater fan could ever come across. It takes a part of history which isn't well known and shoots it out into the present's medium. This has helped the integration of theater and entertainment once again. There's kids in my school singing Hairspray and Wicked in the halls! THEYRE ACTUALLY DOING IT!
This book is quite possibly the best book on theatre history and even a little bit of theory that I have ever come across. The text is thorough and the photographs are amazing. As a theatre teacher, I use this book in my class becuase of its wonderful blend of entertainment value and educational value. The book touches on everything from the first musical on Broadway to the attack on 9/11 and how it effected the theatre. With featurettes on famous actors, directors, designers and even theory through musical lyrics and text, I find this book an invaluable addition to ANY library.
This book is great for a young actor as myself to know Broadway History...I love It