A “brisk, insightful, and deliciously detailed take” (Kirkus Reviews) on a transformative decade on Broadway, featuring behind-the-scenes accounts of shows such as Rent, Angels in America, Chicago, The Lion King, and The Producers—shows that changed the history of the American theater.
The 1990s was a decade of profound change on Broadway. At the dawn of the nineties, the British invasion of Broadway was in full swing, as musical spectacles like Les Miserables, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera dominated the box office. But Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard soon spelled the end of this era and ushered in a new wave of American musicals, beginning with the ascendance of an unlikely show by a struggling writer who reimagined Puccini’s opera La Bohème as the smash Broadway show Rent. American musical comedy made its grand return, culminating in The Producers, while plays, always an endangered species on Broadway, staged a powerful comeback with Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. A different breed of producers rose up to challenge the grip theater owners had long held on Broadway, and corporations began to see how much money could be made from live theater.
And just as Broadway had clawed its way back into the mainstream of American popular culture, the September 11 attacks struck fear into the heart of Americans who thought Times Square might be the next target. But Broadway was back in business just two days later, buoyed by talented theater people intent on bringing New Yorkers together and supporting the economics of an injured city.
“Told with all the wit and style readers could wish for” (Booklist) Michael Riedel presents the drama behind every mega-hit or shocking flop. From the bitter feuds to the surprising collaborations, all the intrigue of a revolutionary era in the Theater District is packed into Singular Sensation. Broadway has triumphs and disasters, but the show always goes on.
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Table of Contents
1 I'm Ready for My Close-up, Mr. Lloyd Webber 1
2 Boulevard of Broken Dreams 13
3 508 Greenwich, #4 33
4 La Vie Broadway 55
5 The Gambler 71
6 I Got the Horse Right Here 85
7 Winging It 99
8 Who's Afraid of Edward Albee? 111
9 Razzle Dazzle 127
10 The Fran and Barry Show 139
11 Everything's Coming Up Rosie 149
12 The Making of a Mogul 167
13 Be at the Fucking Matinee 177
14 The Lion Queen 195
15 The Unmaking of a Mogul 221
16 The Playmakers 239
17 It's Good to Be the King 251
Epilogue And the Show Goes On 281