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Overview

Broadway, the Golden Years, is a wonderfully readable group portrait of the great Broadway choreographer-directors: Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Tonny Tune, Graciela Daniele, and Susan Stroman.

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Editorial Reviews

Terry Teachout
Robert Emmet Long's new book focuses on Jerome Robbins, who sought to turn the humble musical comedy into something approaching a totally unified work of art.
New York Times
Publishers Weekly
A literature critic, commentator on the performing arts, author of hundreds of magazine articles (in the Nation, Saturday Review, etc.) and author or editor of 30 books on subjects like Hawthorne, Fitzgerald, Thurber and the films of Merchant and Ivory, Long certainly has the credentials for this latest project. But his tenure as a New York drama critic (North American Review) cinches the deal. In this colorful history of the Great White Way, he deftly traces the Broadway musical's evolution from WWII to the present, covering such hits as A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The Pirates of Penzance and The Producers. Long documents the fancy footwork of Broadway's great choreographer-directors Agnes de Mille (Oklahoma!), Bob Fosse (Cabaret), Gower Champion (42nd Street), Michael Bennett (Dreamgirls) and Tommy Tune (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). While these major talents receive full chapter profiles, Jerome Robbins takes center stage in a 100-page portrait packed with fascinating anecdotes: he turned A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum from flop to hit; his 1943 collaboration with Leonard Bernstein on the innovative Fancy Free ballet evolved into Broadway's On the Town. It might even be said that Robbins choreographed this book, arranging for his associates to be interviewed by Long, and making available the coveted rehearsal tapes. A chapter on Broadway today brings down the curtain on this marvelously entertaining and exuberant critical history. 15 b&w photos. (Dec.) Forecast: This fine book will be greeted with applause by the many Broadway buffs, show-tune collectors and musical mavens. Booksellers would do well to display it alongside Greg Lawrence's Dance with Demons: The Lifeof Jerome Robbins (Forecasts, Apr. 30). Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Several retrospective looks at the Great White Way have been published in the last year, including Steven Suskin's Broadway Yearbook (LJ 8/01) and the New York Times Book of Broadway (LJ 10/15/01). This title differs in several ways. Most important, rather than a Broadway overview, it is primarily a series of short biographical essays on choreographer-directors Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, Michael Bennett, and Tommy Tune, with Robbins getting the lion's share of the attention. Their creative lives are told in the context of their Broadway successes and failures. A critic of American and British literature and drama, Long is interested in how various dance and music styles made their way into the commercial theater of the time. Ultimately, although he writes in a lively, chatty, informal style, the price and narrow subject remove his book from the selection lists of smaller public libraries and into the realm of larger libraries and theater collections. J. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826418838
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Emmet Long is a recognized critic of American and British literature, and a commentator on the performing arts. He is author or editor of some 30 books and he has contributed over 400 articles to many journals and magazines, including The Nation, Commonweal, and Saturday Review.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1—Establishing the Tradition
1 Agnes de Mille
2 Jerome Robbins: Early Fame
3 Jerome Robbins: West Side Story
4 Jerome Robbins: The Later Career Part 2—Extending the Line
5 Bob Fosse
6 Gower Champion
7 Michael Bennett
8 Tommy Tune Epilogue: Broadway Today Notes Select Bibliography Index

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    Great Book!

    I am really enjoying this book and I already used it for a paper on Jerome Robbins.

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