Stars on Stage: Eileen Darby and Broadway's Golden Age, Photographs 1940-1964

Stars on Stage: Eileen Darby and Broadway's Golden Age, Photographs 1940-1964

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by Mary C. Henderson, Eileen Darby
     
 

During the golden age of American theater on Broadway, the names of stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, and Ethel Merman were writ large on theater marquees. Playwrights such as Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller offered a new play every season. Photographer Eileen Darby came onto the theater scene in 1939 and… See more details below

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During the golden age of American theater on Broadway, the names of stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, and Ethel Merman were writ large on theater marquees. Playwrights such as Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller offered a new play every season. Photographer Eileen Darby came onto the theater scene in 1939 and eschewed the stiff portraits and fixed tableaux that were in vogue. Her style of photographing not only onstage but also backstage and during rehearsals allowed an intimate look at the creative process of theater. Darby photographed more than six hundred shows during her career, and her portfolio has become the definitive photographic record of theatrical history. STARS ON STAGE is the culmination of Darby's career in the theater's golden age and includes dozens of previously unseen pictures of stars such as Lucille Ball, Montgomery Clift, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, and Gregory Peck. As well as the people who created the shows, including Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Abbott, irving Berlin, and Anita Loos. With an overview of the theatrical period by John Lahr and a biographical portrait of Darby and her work by Mary Henderson, STARS ON STAGE is one of the most dynamic books on this most fascinating period of American culture.

Author Biography: John Lahr is the senior theater critic for The New Yorker and the author of 17 books on culture and theater.

Author Biography: Mary C. Henderson is an internationally known expert on American theater and the author of Theater in America.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
This treasure chest of 255 classic b&w theater photographs features Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun and Call Me Madam, Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, Audrey Hepburn in Gigi, Julie Harris and Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding, John Raitt in Carousel, Ruth Gordon in The Matchmaker and Carol Channing in its musical version, Hello, Dolly! There are too many shows and show people to list, but this handsome package also provides an index, a selected portfolio of shows covered (to read it is to appreciate that Darby was chronicling an important part of American history), a stunning collection of portraits, some wonderful unposed, backstage shots and photos of writers and directors. New Yorker critic Lahr provides a celebratory introduction, but more interesting is theater historian Henderson's brief biography of Darby, who came to New York from Oregon in 1939 and conquered Broadway with her Leica. A few shots of her, slim and boyish in the tailored pant suits she worked in, turn up, as does a Christmas card by her longtime friend Al Hirschfeld, showing her popping out of Santa's bag (she died last year at 87). But the stars take center stage, still dazzling after all these years. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780821228975
Publisher:
Bulfinch
Publication date:
05/11/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.85(d)

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