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

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Broadway's Most Wanted celebrates the glitter, glamour, wit, and whimsy of musical theater. Tom Shea honors the productions and people that have made Broadway and off-Broadway theater what they are today - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Oh, the ugly! With dozens of top-ten lists packed full of fun and facts, Broadway aficionados and occasional theatergoers alike will enjoy this entertaining and irreverent book.
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Overview

Broadway's Most Wanted celebrates the glitter, glamour, wit, and whimsy of musical theater. Tom Shea honors the productions and people that have made Broadway and off-Broadway theater what they are today - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Oh, the ugly! With dozens of top-ten lists packed full of fun and facts, Broadway aficionados and occasional theatergoers alike will enjoy this entertaining and irreverent book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574885965
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Series: Most Wanted?
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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