The New York Times Book of Broadway: On the Aisle for the Unforgettable Plays of the Last Century

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Macmillan, Nov 14, 2001 - Performing Arts - 268 pages
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Ben Brantley, drama critic of The New York Times relives unforgettable Broadway and off-Broadway moments. Witness the night a star was born, a director's brilliant debut, a play that broke new ground, a musical that redefined the genre, and even a terrible play that ran for years. This entertaining, essential volume for anyone who loves Broadway will include a foreword from a major actor, a full introduction by Ben Brantley, drama critic of The Times, and his choice of 100 other most important plays of the twentieth century. Each of the best 100 will include the full, original New York Times review by the critic of the day such as Frank Rich, Brooks Atkinson, Walter Kerr, George S. Kaufman, Alexander Woolcott and others. Cast boxes, lavish photos and statistics about the productions will complete this authoritative volume about classic Broadway theater.
 

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This is a book of lists. The first offers reviews of 25 productions that defined the century, while the second offers 125 reviews of "unforgettable productions of the century," which repeats the ... Read full review

Contents

The Hairy
2
Porgy and Bess
8
Oklahoma
14
My Fair Lady
20
West Side Story
26
Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
32
Sweeney Todd
38
Ma Rainey s Black Bottom
44
The Crucible
131
Waiting for Godot
137
A Raisin in the
143
The Caretaker
150
The Blood Knot
156
The Odd Couple
162
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
168
The Living Theaters Frankenstein
175

The Wooster Groups production
50
Sarah Bernhardts La Dame aux Camelias
56
Our Town
98
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On the Town
112
Kiss Me Kate
119
The Member of the Wedding
125
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Ben Brantley became chief theater critic of The New York Times in September 1996 after having served as its drama critic since 1993. Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Brantley was a staff writer at The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Elle, and the European editor, publisher and Paris bureau chief for Women's Wear Daily and W. Born in Durham, N.C., Mr. Brantley received a B.A. degree in English from Swarthmore College. He received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 1996-1997.

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