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Opening Night on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Golden Era of the Musical Theatre, Oklahoma! (1943 to Fiddler on the Roof) by Steven Suskin (Editor). Published by Schirmer Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

A critical quotebook of the Golden Era of the Musical Theatre, from Oklahoma! (1943) to Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Suskin combines the glitter and excitement of nearly 300 Broadway premieres with the expert commentary of a true show business insider. Includes a Broadway score card. Combining the glitter and excitement of the first critical reception of the Broadway musical with the expertise of a true insider, here are the voices of the most acclaimed theatre critics, who wrote during the era of such innovative musicals as Brigadoon, South Pacific, The Music Man and West Side Story.


Bob Fosse's Broadway by Margery Beddow. Published by Heinemann and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

Beddow, a dancer who appeared in numerous Fosse shows (she replaced Gwen Verdon in one of his early shows) and recreated some of his choreography for national touring shows, checks in with a show-by-show account of Fosse's career, from Pajama Game through Sweet Charity and Pippin to Big Deal -- all told from a dancer's point of view. The book is at its best when it vividly describes some of Fosse's "lost" dances for lesser-known shows like Frank Loesser's Pleasures and Palaces, which closed out of town. Included are many rare photos of Fosse's dancers in action, and a heart breaking account of his last rehearsal on the day he died.


The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway by William Goldman. Published by Proscenium Publishing and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.


Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America (Theater-Text/Theory Performance Series) by Deborah R. Geis (Editor), Steven F. Kruger (Editor). Published by Univ of Michigan Press and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.


The Compass: The Improvisational Theatre That Revolutionized American Comedy by Janet Coleman. Published by Univ of Chicago Press and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

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