Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time

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Black Dog & Leventhal, 2008 - Music - 336 pages
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Finally, a book as glorious as its subject: this lush showcase for everyone who loves musicals covers the 101 most influential, popular, and enduring Broadway shows--all of which have toured the country and been performed in theatres large and small everywhere. Each listing includes expert commentary that sets the play in historical and cultural context, plus features on the creators and performers, plot synopses, cast and song lists, production details, backstage anecdotes, and more. Four or five beautifully reproduced photographs from each show--the majority never before published--accompany the text and make the shows leap off the page. Appendices and special features include cast albums, poster artists, revivals, guilty pleasures, Off-Broadway musicals, notable flops, and much more.

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User Review  - silversurfer - LibraryThing

A comprehensive look at 101 of the greatest musicals. I could have added at least 100 more to the list. A fun book, filled with numerous backstage gossip. I loved it! Read full review

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User Review  - JCLHeatherM - LibraryThing

A must own for any Broadway theatre fan. This coffee table book is filled with illustrations, anecdotes and memories. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ken Bloom is the author of American Song, Hollywood Song, and Tin Pan Alley. His Broadway: An Encyclopedic Guide to the History, People and Places of Times Square was named one of the top reference books of the year by the New York Public Library and was recently reissued in a new edition. Most recently, he published an illustrated book celebrating the career of Jerry Herman and a two-volume history of Twentieth Century-Fox music. Bloom is also a playwright, a theatre director, a radio host, an arts consultant, and the president of Harbinger Records. He lives in New York City.

Frank Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original cast of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad. He did the photo editing and research for Ken Bloom's Jerry Herman and Richard Norton's A Chronology of American Musical Theatre. He lives in New York City.

Jerry Orbach appeared on Broadway more than any actor in Broadway history, appearing in The Fantasticks", 42nd Street", and Promises, Promises". He appeared in several films, including Dirty Dancing "and Crimes and Misdemeanors". On TV, he starred in his own series before joining the cast of Law & Order". Jerry passed away in 2004.

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