Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now
The glorious tradition of the Broadway musical from Irving Berlin to Jerome Kern and Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. And then . . . Cats and Les Miz. Mark Steyn's Broadway Babies Say Goodnight is a sharp-eyed view of the whole span of Broadway musical history, seven decades of brilliant achievements the best of which are among the finest works American artists have made. Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Gypsy, and more. In an energetic blend of musical history, analysis, and backstage chat, Mark Steyn shows us the genius behind the 'simple' musical, and asks hard questions about the British invasion of Broadway and the future of the form. In this delicious book he gives us geniuses and monsters, hits and atomic bombs, and the wonderful stories that prove show business is a business which -- as the song goes --there's no business like.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - charlie68 - LibraryThing
I found the style enjoyable, but the subject matter, while familiar with some of the Broadway shows, but ignorant of most, a bit hard to digest. It is also hard to objectify something which is by nature subjective. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KatKealy - LibraryThing
I found a couple parts of this book interesting, but mostly the author annoyed me. He seemed to dislike some things about theatre just because one is supposed to (Andrew Llyod Webber, etc.) and jumped ... Read full review