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Rent by Jonathan Larson, Evelyn McDonnell, Kathy Silberger, LarryFink. Published by William Morrow & Company and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

A bona fide phenomenon, Rent has single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway and taken America by storm. Now, the show makes its triumphant debut in book form with this fully illustrated, innovatively designed volume--the exclusive and absolutely complete book of Rent.

Sweeping all major theater awards, including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama, as well as four 1996 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score for a Musical, Rent captures the heart and spirit of a generation, reflecting it onstage through the emotion of its stirring lyrics and the energy of its young cast. Here, in vivid color photographs, the complete libretto, original artwork, show artifacts, and oral history, Rent comes to life on the page with the behind-the-scenes story of its creation, its explosive success, and the exuberant talent behind it: the actors, the director, the producers, and the librettist and composer himself, Jonathan Larson, whose sudden death on the eve of the first performance has made Rent's life-affirming message all the more poignant.


More Opening Nights on Broadway: A Critical Quotebook of the Musical Theatre from 1965 Through 1981 by Steven Suskin (Editor). Published by MacMillan General Reference and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

Picking up where Suskin's earlier Opening on Broadway leaves off, this new collection offers excerpted first night reviews of 210 of the most popular Broadway productions of recent memory--A Chorus Line, Hair, Pippin, Grease, Cabaret, Annie, Ain't Misbehavin', Jesus Christ, Superstar and many more. The reviews also serve to chronicle many of the careers that were made and broken during this period of the Broadway theatre. 100 photos.


Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim by Geoffrey Block. Published by Oxford Univ Press and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

Subtitled The Broadway Musical from "Show Boat" to Sondheim, Geoffrey Block's book concerns itself with the creative process that made hits out of 14 musical comedies, such as Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady, rather than just interpreting the impact of the finished projects. Block is adept at demonstrating how musical themes are used by the witty composers to tell or buttress the stories in subtle ways; there seem to be as many passages of sheet music recreated in the pages as there are photos. The book leans more heavily on scholarly analysis than others in the genre, but many of the insights and examples are developed here in print for the first time. Especially fascinating are the sections on the development of beloved numbers that went from ideas to hits, such as "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" in Porgy and Bess and "Bianca" in Kiss Me Kate.


Musical!: A Grand Tour: The Rise, Glory, and Fall of an American Institution by Denny Martin Flinn. Published by Schirmer Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

A complete narrative history of the musical theater in the U.S., from the late 19th century through today, Musical! provides a readable examination of the ups and downs, highlights and lowlights, of several generations of actors, composers, lyricists, and directors. Illustrated with original production photos, flyers, and memorabilia. Musical! is a history of the art and craft of the American musical, from its Greco-Roman roots to Broadway today. It offers the ups and downs, the highlights and lowlights of generations of shows, and the composers, lyricists, directors, and choreographers who created the classic American musical. Illustrated with original production photos, flyers, and memorabilia, this is a fascinating and fabulous sweeping history of the American musical theatre.


Make-Believe: The Broadway Musical in the 1920s by Ethan Mordden. Published by Oxford Univ Press and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

The 1920s were a fertile time for the American musical. Audiences were hungry for new shows, and producers cranked out new productions every week--revues, musical comedies, and American operettas, all packed with songs by tunesmiths and lyricists now considered giants, the likes of Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, and George and Ira Gershwin. In this breezy, fascinating book, Mordden chronicles that amazing Broadway decade. It began with chorus-girl-filled revues and silly, slapped-together musical comedies reigning supreme but then saw musical forms and audience tastes evolve through the rise and fall of the operettas of Sigmund Romberg and Rudolf Friml and peak in the era's culmination, that epic, rule-breaking classic, Showboat. Mordden writes with thea uthority of a true devotee, a quality that, although mostly an asset, becomes a liability in his exhaustive, exhausting discussion of Showboat, during which he becomes lost in a forest of facts as only an aficionado can.


Let's Put on a Musical!: How to Choose the Right Show for Your Theater by Peter Filichia. Published by Watson-Guptill Publications and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.


The Musical from the Inside Out by Stephen Citron. Published by Ivan R Dee and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.


Beach Blanket Babylon: A Hats-Off Tribute to San Francisco's Most Extraordinary Musical Revue by Janet Lynn Roseman. Published by Chronicle Books and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

In a glorious celebration, readers are taken behind the scenes of the longest running musical revue in American history, "Beach Blanket Babylon" known for outrageous humor, great music, fabulous characterizations of the famous and the infamous, and absolutely the biggest hats ever seen on stage.


Sing Out, Louise!; 150 Stars of the Musical Theatre Remember 50 Years on Broadway by Dennis McGovern. Published by Simon & Schuster and is available in association with Amazon. To order click here.

One hundred fifty stars of the musical theatre remember fifty years on Broadway. Well known performers such as Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, and Tony Randall share their personal recollections of what it really feels like to perform on Broadway. Sing Out, Louise! is the ultimate Broadway insider's book. Based on extensive interviews with Broadway performers, it provides a unique backstage glimpse at the passion, commitment, jealousy, and heartbreak that have made Broadway legends. The performers speak candidly of working with Broadway legends. They share memories of trying to get cast in a Broadway show; the unique, and often terrifying, experience of singing onstage; and performing in troubled shows that closed too early, or never even reached New York. They discuss replacing other performers, the nightmare of going on with little rehearsal, and understudying a star.

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