Broadway's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts [NOOK Book]

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It's not just a street anymore-it's a genre of its own, and it's celebrated in Tom Shea's Broadway's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts. Part of Potomac's popular Most Wanted series, Broadway's Most Wanted sings the praises of musical theater with a dash of whimsy thrown in. Shea honors those who have made musical theater what it is today-the good, the bad, and the ugly. Oh, the ugly! When a show hits gold, the world's a wonderful place, but a bomb is just ...
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Overview

It's not just a street anymore-it's a genre of its own, and it's celebrated in Tom Shea's Broadway's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts. Part of Potomac's popular Most Wanted series, Broadway's Most Wanted sings the praises of musical theater with a dash of whimsy thrown in. Shea honors those who have made musical theater what it is today-the good, the bad, and the ugly. Oh, the ugly! When a show hits gold, the world's a wonderful place, but a bomb is just as precious and enjoyable in its own perverse way. With more than forty top-ten lists packed full of fun and facts, Shea shows you the best-and worst-that Broadway, off-Broadway, and the rest of the musical theater has to offer.

So while you learn about the amazing people behind the hit Bye Bye Birdie, including the incomparable Chita Rivera, you'll also read about the ill-fated and laughable Bring Back Birdie, which quickly indicated why Broadway doesn't do sequels (especially twenty years after the original). While chuckling over how Jimmy Durante and Ethel Merman bickered over top billing for 1936's Red, Hot, and Blue-with the comical result of their names being written diagonally, crossing in an X-you'll also find praise for Paul Ford, Stephen Sondheim's rehearsal pianist, who helps the legendary composer bring his music to life. Musicals run the gamut of topics, and Shea waxes melodic on political, western, rock and roll, and comic-book musicals, plus so much more. They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway; Tom Shea shines just as brightly with Broadway's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612340333
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Tom Shea is an accomplished singer and actor and, to his knowledge, the only person to have appeared in The Golden Apple; Lady in the Dark; One Touch of Venus; Knickerbocker Holiday; Utopia, Ltd.; and The Grand Duke. He lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Introduction xii
I'm the Greatest Individual: 10 Notable Tony Winners 1
With Their Awful Clothes and Their Rock-and-Roll: 10 Musicals Written by Famous Rock Artists 7
I Can't Do the Sum: 10 Numerical Broadway Musicals 14
Next Stop, Neverland: 10 Musicals Set in Imaginary Locations 17
I Think It's Funny: 10 Musicals Based on the Comics 24
Show Me: Behind the Scenes 31
It's a Hell of a Town: 10 Fun City Musicals 38
We Shout, "Look Out, Yale!": 10 Musicals about Sports 45
Again, from the Top: 10 Prominent "Revisals" 52
Duelling Musicals!: Musicals that Share the Same Source Material 60
The Wages of Sin: TV Shows Featuring Broadway Stars 71
Fill the World with Ships and Shoes: 10 Musicals about Big Business 76
That Was a Flop?: 10 Misleadingly Great Broadway Cast Albums 83
Cinema Theatricalo: Movies about the Creation of Musical Theater 91
Food, Glorious Food!: 10 Broadway Musicals You Could Eat 95
Cold and Dead: 10 Musicals About Killers 100
Every Movie's a Circus: 10 Legendary Broadway Performers Who Lost Their Roles in the Movie Version 107
I Think I Can Play This Part: 10 Broadway Performers Who Did the Movie Version 117
All Hail the Political Honeymoon: 10 Musicals about Politics and Politicians 123
Don't Fence Me In: 10 Rootin' Tootin' Western Musicals 129
Bring the House Down: Pop Stars Who Crossed Over to Broadway 134
Come Back to Me: 10 Hollywood Stars Who Crossed Over to Broadway 139
It's a Hit, It's a Palpable Hit: Hit Songs You Never Knew Came from Musicals 145
I Love a Film Cliche: Movie Musicals that Made It to the Stage 153
We Sail the Seas: 10 Musicals Set on the Water 159
I'm a Bad, Bad Man: 10 Great Musical Villains 164
Blow, Gabriel, Blow: Depictions of Faith in Broadway Musicals 169
It's Better with a Bard: 10 Musicals Based on Shakespeare 174
You're Responsible! You're the One to Blame! It's Your Fault!: 10 Musicals to Scratch Your Head Over 180
Wig in a Box: 10 Musicals Featuring Characters in Drag 185
Bigger Isn't Better: 10 "Small" Shows 192
It's an Art: 10 Musicals about Other Art Forms 196
Children Will Listen: Parents and Children in the Musical Theater 201
Keep it Gay: 10 Musicals With, Um, Happy Bachelor Characters 207
Where Did We Go Right?: 10 Surprise Hit Musicals 213
Am I My Resume?: Musical Actors Who Write 219
I Saw Stars: Recent TV Shows With Tony Winners and Nominees 223
All We'll Do Is Just Dance: 10 Dance Musicals 228
Hard to Be a Diva: 10 Outrageous Offstage Moments 233
All Things Bright and Beautiful: 10 Musicals about the Animal Kingdom 240
Let's Do It: 10 Musicals About S-E-X 246
Oh, I Say!: 10 Broadway Musicals Whose Titles Are Complete Sentences 251
Monorail!: 10 Musical Theater Spoofs 256
Historical News Is Being Made: 10 Innovative Musicals 264
Sunrise, Sunset: 10 of New York's Longest-Running Musicals 274
Index 281
About the Author 303
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