Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time

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Finally in paperback, this info-and photo-packed celebration of Broadway has been thoroughly updated to include new shows, new features, and new comments from Broadway's celebrated leading ladies.

The rich history of Broadway—from the beloved classics of each decade to the most popular recent hits—are showcased here in colorful chapters that include authoritative commentary, features on the creators and performers, and more. The list of the 101 best has been reevaluated by the ...

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Overview

Finally in paperback, this info-and photo-packed celebration of Broadway has been thoroughly updated to include new shows, new features, and new comments from Broadway's celebrated leading ladies.

The rich history of Broadway—from the beloved classics of each decade to the most popular recent hits—are showcased here in colorful chapters that include authoritative commentary, features on the creators and performers, and more. The list of the 101 best has been reevaluated by the authors for this edition, and new shows include Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grease, Grey Gardens, Sunday in the Park with George, and Wicked.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
"I was happy to leaf through this very weighty tome (with some of the finest color photos I've ever seen in such an archival volume on nearly every page) and match my own favorites against those of the authors....by the time you make it through the catalogue...you will have hummed at least a hundred tunes and been reminded of what a dazzling achievement this theatrical form has been. And for holiday shoppers in search of the perfect gift for musical mavens, here's the grail."
—Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
Hartford Courant
This lush and relatively inexpensive coffeetable book is one that fans of musicals will actually read and talk about...These are not the same old glossies we've seen a thousand times, but fresh and rare photographs, many from private collections, that capture the essence of the show's greatness. Then there's the presentation: lively, opinionated, sometimes deliciously gossipy writing...This book is a must for fans of musical theater."
Hartford Courant
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"I nearly missed deadline for this column, thanks to Broadway Musicals...It's one of those great browser books that can eat up an hour before you realize it. For any theater fan or musical buff it is a perfect abridged education."
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Time Out New York
"This massive, lavishly printed tome is almost a coffee-table unto itself. A must-have for the Broadway fanatic."
Time Out New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579123901
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.81 (w) x 12.81 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Bloom is the author of The American Songbook: The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs; Jerry Herman: The Lyrics; and a two-volume history of Twentieth Century-Fox music, among other books. He lives in New York City.

Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original casts of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Great gift for a musical theater lover

    I bought this for my daughter who loves musicals. It was a hit with her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2009

    Very nice coffee table book for the history of theater & Broadway enthusiast

    Lots of great photos & information on the well known and not as well known shows to the younger generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    Outstanding Book

    I have made my living in the theater for 35 years and worked with many of the people in this book. It's fascinating and has wonderful tidbits. I've bought seveal more for my friends who have made a career of Broeadway and truly love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    Many incorrect facts in the text, strange choices for the list

    I flipped through this book in the store, and in 5 minutes, i found 3 factual errors and a few editorial errors. I flipped open to the COMPANY show page, and there was a stand-alone quote about singing 'getting married today' from Beth Howland, who played amy on in the OBC. Only in this book, she is quoted as 'Beth Howard.' The errors continue. It's generally not laid out very well either, with inserts and features inserted throughout the book. This is common for this type of anthology o pictoral retrospective, but it's very confusing and poorly organized in this book. I've been waiting for a book like this, but-- this one isn't going to be the one i buy, i'll just have to wait. THe photos are of great quality and the book is big and beautiful and impressive looking, but ultimately... it's more fluff than anything. There are many musicals left off of this list, yet 'Promises, Promises' is one of the featured shows here. I think that's ridiculous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    The Ultimate Must Have Book

    I've read literally hundreds of musical theater books and in my opinion, this is by far the best that's ever been published. This book brings back the classics of the stage and doesn't focus on the 'flavor of the moment' musicals like so many of the other books. Filled with interesting stories, fun facts, kitch and more, you'll have a hard time putting it down.

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