Theatre World 2011-2012 Season
Hardcover ISBN: 1476886776
(Book). Celebrating its 68th year, Theatre World remains the definitive annual record of the American theater the most complete record of the Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and regional theater seasons complete with cast listings, replacements, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, plot synopses, plus obituaries, longest-running listings, awards, and photos. On Broadway, movies turned musicals continued to be successful, with Tonys for Once (Best Musical) and its star Steve Kazee (Best Actor in a Musical), and Disney's stage adaptation of Newsies (Best Score). Mike Nichols received his ninth Tony for direction of Death of a Salesman (Best Revival of a Play); Audra McDonald became the only African-American actress to win five Tonys ( The Gershwins' Porgy and Bes s); meanwhile, Tonys went to newcomers Nina Arianda (Best Actress in a Play, Venus in Fur ) and James Corden (Best Actor in a Play, British import One Man, Two Guvnors ). Off-Broadway, Sweet and Sad , opening (and set on) the tenth anniversary of 9/11, won raves at the Public Theater, as did Nina Raines' Tribes . Regionally, Newsies debuted at New Jersey's Papermill Playhouse; and End of the Rainbow , at the Guthrie in Minneapolis, garnered its star Tracie Bennett a Theatre World Award as well as a Tony nod for her portrayal of Judy Garland.
The Metropolitan Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme
Paperback ISBN: 1574674447
(Amadeus). There's a reason La Boheme has been staged at the Met more often than any other opera: Puccini's enticing music perfectly conveys the enchantment of new young love and the anguish that comes with loss and death. La Boheme , the passionate and timeless story of love among impoverished young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world's most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression (even on those new to opera) and to reveal unexpected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Boheme is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things (a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor) that make up our everyday lives. This touching story of tenderness and tragedy never fails to move audiences and melt hearts.
Theatre World 2012-2013
Hardcover ISBN: 1480360694
(Book). Now in its 69th year, Theatre World is the only comprehensive annual pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre season from coast to coast: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and complete listings for 70 regional theatres a modern classic in its field. Detailing more than 2,000 productions with over 800 photographs, each entry includes cast lists, replacements, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, and plot synopses. Theatre World also features the year's obituaries, a listing of all nominees and winners of the major theatrical awards, the longest-running Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and a detailed index. Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots and the successful London transfer of Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical . Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre scored Tonys for the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and its star Tracy Letts, and Cicely Tyson became the oldest Tony winner in history for her rousing turn in the revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful . Pippin scored big with multiple Tony wins for its first revival and stars Patina Miller, Billy Porter, and Andrea Martin, while David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim's Imelda Marcos concept musical Here Lies Love was an extended hit Off-Broadway at The Public Theater. Theatre World continues its tradition of including Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatre roundups written by accomplished theatre critics.
Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theater
Opera, Operetta, Musical Comedy
Paperback ISBN: 0879103728
Have you heard of the first American musical, The Black Crook, which opened in 1866 and had fifteen revivals? Do you know Oscar Straus's hilarious parody of Wagner's Ring cycle, Die lustigen Nibelungen (The Merry Nibelungs)? Do you know who the Ricci brothers, the Piccinni family, Edmond Audran, David Braham, or Francois-Joseph Gossec were? Look them up in this remarkable, thoroughly researched, lively book. Packed with nearly 1,800 entries, this is a must-have research tool and handy reference for the theater and music lover, student, teacher, professional singer, director, and producer! Meant as a supplement and companion to Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Acting and Show Business (Limelight, 2009), this unique dictionary is chock-full of information about all the various genres of musical theater; thumbnail plot summaries of works well-known and obscure; thumbnail biographies of composers and writers; and dance, theatrical, singing, and music terminology. Historical terms and foreign terms (with pronunciations) are included along with information on available recordings of many obscure pieces. Convenient lists of the works of Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Gilbert and Sullivan, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and many others are provided.
The New Radical Theatre Notebook
Paperback ISBN: 1557831688
This book traces three tumultuous decades of avant-garde theatre in the U.S. It begins with the Living Theatre, and explores diverse ensembles such as The Open Theatre, The Performance Group, and Bread and Puppet Theatre. It also looks at the women's theatre movement, and examines the work of Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman and more. There are sections devoted to ritual concepts, theatre in the streets, radical participation of the spectator, workshops in prisons, spectacles such as the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, and much more. This giant colloquium involves the people who changed the face of theatre from the '60s onward. Filled with photos, drawings, private notes and fliers, it is part ongoing history, part document, part journal, part complaint and part blessing.
A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
Hardcover ISBN: 0316349259
In a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Home, the beloved performing artist reflects on her Hollywood career and the creations of three of her most iconic films, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria. 300,000 first printing. Movie tie-in.
Theatre World 2007-2008 Season
Hardcover ISBN: 1557837422
Celebrating its 64th year, Theatre World remains the definitive annual record of the American theatre season - the most complete record of the Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and regional theatre season. Volume 64 features Harvey Fierstein's A Catered Affair, starring Faith Prince, and Tracy Lett's moving August: Osage County, the latter part of a strong season for original dramas on Broadway. It was a season also rife with stellar revivals, including Sunday in the Park with George; South Pacific; Come Back; Little Sheba with S. Epatha Merkerson; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with James Earl Jones; and The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand. Off Broadway, both Passing Strange and In the Heights were a sensation and moved to Broadway. Mask, at the Pasadena Playhouse, and True Life Tales, based on an Internet blog and produced by Balliwick Repertory in Chicago, made splashes on the regional scene. As always, Theatre World's outstanding features include: * An expanded section of professional regional productions from across the U.S. * An expanded listing of all the major theatrical awards * The longest running shows on and off Broadway * Full coverage of the Theatre World Awards for Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts * Expanded obituaries and a comprehensive index
Getting the Part
Thirty-Three Professional Casting Directors Tell You How to Get Work in Theater, Films, Commercials, and TV
Paperback ISBN: 0879101946
"At last, an in-depth book about the casting process that tells actors what it is like to be on the other side of the desk, and a must read for the aspiring casting director!" -Marilyn Henry, coauthor, How to Be a Working Actor
Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women Late Thirties to Forties
Paperback ISBN: 1480396621
(Applause Acting Series). In this thoughtfully curated collection, actors preparing for an audition or searching for quality scenes to hone their chops will find a wealth of contemporary material from American and British plays. Almost all of the works are from the year 2000 to the recent 2014 Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time , chosen from the point of view of a professional acting teacher, director, and casting director. Along with covering the basics of how to match the best monologue to the actor and how to approach the rehearsal and performance of a piece, the book provides a synopsis of the plays, character descriptions, and lists of questions specific to each monologue that will direct the actor toward shaping a complex, honest, and thoughtful performance with a strong emotional connection, a clear arc, and playable actions. There is also a brief lesson on appropriate rehearsal behavior and preparation.