Avenue Q - The Musical: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
Avenue Q - The Musical
The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
Paperback      ISBN: 1423489047

Hairspray (978-1-5578-3514-7); Rent (978-1-5578-3737-0); Fiddler on the Roof (978-0-8791-0136-7)

Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination
Something's Coming, Something Good
West Side Story and the American Imagination
Paperback      ISBN: 155783766x

Something's Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination takes a critical, comprehensive look at one of the most inventive, influential, and internationally beloved Broadway musicals of all time - from its inception by a brilliant quartet of creators (Robbins, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Laurents) to its smashing success on film, to its ongoing popularity on stages around the world and its potent impact on the Great American Musical. Featuring intriguing chapters on West Side Story in relation to Romeo and Juliet; as a recording phenomenon; as a film rated the second-best movie musical of all time by the American Film Institute; as part of a wave of juvenile delinquency dramas; as the first great choreographer-auteur musical; and as the granddaddy of "youth musicals" such as Hair and Rent, Something's Coming, Something Good is a revealing guide for those who have seen the show; for those who wish to study it for pleasure or inspiration; and for actors, designers, and directors planning on producing it.

Kabuki: A Pocket Guide
A Pocket Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0804817308

Concise enough to take to performances, this pocket guide to Kabuki provides a wealth of fascinating information about the plays, the actors, and their history. As only an insider can do, the author takes us behind the scene to meet the actors, attend rehearsal, and get a first-hand look at the makeup, costumes, sets and props that go into a Kabuki performance.

Shakespeare at the Moment: Playing the Comedies
Shakespeare at the Moment
Playing the Comedies
Hardcover      ISBN: 0325002061

Certainty may give way to misgiving, happiness may become unease. Moment-to-moment changes often make actors and directors pause and ponder when deciding to perform a Shakespeare comedy. But this should not be the case, claims theatre scholar Albert Bermel. In Shakespeare at the Moment, Bermel contends that Shakespeare's comedies depend for their effects on their sparkling inconsistency and spontaneity, and on the opportunities they offer for artistic ingenuity and initiative. The book discusses fifteen plays, addressing Shakespeare's experimentation, the power and intelligence of his inconsistencies, his novel "happy" endings, and ultimately, how each comedy can be performed. Among other things, Bermel argues that:

  • The characters in these plays are not rigidified personalities, and actors will, almost inevitably, add their own "characterizations" to their roles.
  • Shakespeare created scenes and roles that actors can rediscover and remake without being untrue to the words.
  • Shakespeare's female roles are the most persuasive and familiar carriers of the feminine spirit in today's theatre world
Bermel encourages actors to reinvent and "characterize" Shakespeare's characters in their own acting, and he provides examples of how the comedies have already responded to the imaginative treatment of a director and the memorable dynamism of particular actors.
Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass
Broadway Bares
Backstage Pass
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789315661

A front-row seat for the hottest show in town-Broadway's finest strip down for a good cause.
This is your ticket behind the scenes to see Broadway's sexiest performers displaying some of their greatest assets. Gorgeous stage idols from the biggest shows strut their stuff as you've never seen them before. It's burlesque naughtiness lit up by the razzle-dazzle of the Great White Way. They tease, they titillate, they tantalize. And boy, do they deliver the goods. By the end of each number they're wearing little more than a smile. But at the end of the show comes the real payoff; hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the theatre community's unique fundraising and grantmaking organization.
"Backstage Pass "peeks behind the curtain at the famous event called "Broadway Bares"- conceived by Tony Award(R)--winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell-which sets New York City ablaze each summer. The hottest dancers in show business come together for this one-night-only sold-out "Strip-A-Thon"-a fundraising, eye-popping spectacle the likes of which Gypsy Rose Lee could never have dreamed. Now for the first time this luxurious keepsake album brings together all the sizzling posters, scintillating backstage shots, and scorching on-stage photographs from the past seventeen years of "Broadway Bares." Sit back and enjoy the show.

Writing the Ten-Minute Play: A Book for Playwrights and Actors Who Want to Write Plays
Writing the Ten-Minute Play
A Book for Playwrights and Actors Who Want to Write Plays
Paperback      ISBN: 1557838488

(Limelight). This book is written for the beginning or seasoned playwright, as well as for actors (or anyone) wishing to attempt their first ten-minute play. Every aspect of writing a ten-minute play is covered, from perking with an idea, to starting the play, to developing it, to effective rewriting, to completing it, even to how to get the most out of readings of your play once you've finished it. Writing the 10-Minute Play also reveals the best ways to market your play and includes an extensive listing of ten-minute play contests. The guide contains many in-depth interviews with international playwrights who have had substantial success with their ten-minute plays, as well as publishers of ten-minute plays and producers of ten-minute play festivals. Included as well are several award-winning ten-minute plays, followed by a discussion by the respective playwrights on how they went about creating their play, from start to finish. The final chapter offers tips and suggestions from artistic directors of ten-minute play festivals and from well-known playwrights whose ten-minute plays have received awards and publishing deals.

Theatre World: 2010-2011
Theatre World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1557838402

Now in its 67th year, Theatre World is the most comprehensive record of the theatrical season-Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, including listings for over 60 regional companies. Detailing more than 2 000 productions, each entry includes photos, a complete cast listing, 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 shows on and off Broadway, and a detailed index. Highlights of the 2010-2011 season include the multi-award-winning musical The Book of Mormon. The National Theatre production of War Horse transferred to a successful Broadway engagement at Lincoln Center Theater, featuring the stunning puppetry of the Handspring Puppet Company. Larry Kramer's hit Off-Broadway play from the 1980s, The Normal Heart, was revived on Broadway with a star-studded cast, while Cole Porter's timeless classic Anything Goes had a glorious White Way revival at Roundabout Theatre Company's new Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The Signature Theatre staged Tony Kushner's Angels in America, while New York Theatre Workshop presented The Little Foxes, as well as Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan. Theatre World continues its new tradition of including Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and Regional Theatre roundups written by accomplished theater critics, and includes over 700 photos of the season.

At This Theatre: An Informal History of New York's Legitimate Theatres
At This Theatre
An Informal History of New York's Legitimate Theatres
Hardcover      ISBN: 0396084680

This is the ultimate backstage tour of Broadway AT THIS THEATRE tells the complete history of Broadway in the 20th century, theatre by theatre. This gorgeous book is now updated, revised and with a larger format, covering 1900 to 2001. PLAYBILL's columnist, Louis Botto, along with Robert Viagas, opens the doors and lets readers explore the 40 active Broadway theatres in New York. From the conception and design of the buildings, to their original creators, and on to the theatres' transformation, often under duress, from legitimate houses to vaudeville and Burlesque, to movie houses and then back to their original purpose, this book captures the magical world of Broadway.

It is a complete and authoritative history that only Botto, the curator of PLAYBILL's incomparable 116-year-old archives, can tell. Expanded from his popular column in PLAYBILL magazine, AT THIS THEATRE is the biography of those living, breathing buildings we call theatres. In this substantially updated version, Botto includes the histories of all the theatre rescued from the wrecker in the last ten years, including the American Airlines Theatre, Disney's New Amsterdam, and the Lyric and the Apollo, now combined into the Ford Center.

AT THIS THEATRE is filled with great stories featuring a cast of characters including Ethel Merman, David Merrick, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. And it's also a theatrical spectacle boasting lavish illustrations of posters, programs, and photographs throughout. This is the gift book for every theatre lover on your list, including yourself

Painting the Stage with People: Garland Wright and the American Theater
Painting the Stage with People
Garland Wright and the American Theater
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1635052300

An unprecedented study of the craft and artistry of one of the most important American stage directors of the late-twentieth-century theater.

Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theater: Opera, Operetta, Musical Comedy
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 Fran ois-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.