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The Show Must Go On!

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A Beautiful Pageant: African American Theatre, Drama, and Performance in the Harlem Renaissance, 1910-1927
by David Krasner

A history of the performances and entertainments that fueled the Harlem Renaissance covers such topics as the prizefight between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries, the choreography of Aida Walker and Ethel Waters, and the writing of Zora Neal Hurston.

Publisher’s Weekly review

Drop Me Off in Harlem (extensive multimedia site by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)

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Broadway Baby
by Alan Shapiro

Miriam Bluestein tries to realize her childhood dream of being a Broadway star by living vicariously through her son, a talented stage performer, and becomes fixated on her fantasy career as everything else in her life falls to the wayside.

Publisher’s Weekly review

Broadway or Bust (PBS television show about young aspiring Broadway stars)

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Broadway Costumes on a Budget: Big-Time Ideas for Amateur Producers
by Janet Litherland and Sue McAnally

Booklist review

Today Show segment about original Broadway costumes (video)

Designing the costumes for Wicked (video)

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Broadway: The American Musical
by Laurence Maslon

Complemented by more than four hundred color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs, the companion to the six-part PBS documentary traces the history of the Broadway musical, from the turn of the twentieth century through the present day, highlighting the great stars, landmark shows, music, and other important aspects of the genre.

Publisher’s Weekly review

Broadway: The American Musical (companion multimedia site for the book)

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The Days We Danced: The Story of My Theatrical Family From Florenz Ziegfeld to Arthur Murray and Beyond
by Doris Eaton Travis with Joseph and Charles Eaton

Autobiography of a Ziegfeld Follies star, a co-partner of Arthur Murray Dance Studios, a quarter horse ranch owner in Oklahoma, and at age 88, the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Interview with Doris Eaton Travis: Part 1 (video of last known interview with the author who passed away at the age of 106 in 2010)

Interview with Doris Eaton Travis: Part 2

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Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theater
by Jeffrey Magee

Award-winning music historian Jeffrey Magee chronicles Berlin's legendary theatrical career, providing a rich background to some of the great composer's most enduring songs, from "There's No Business Like Show Business" to "Puttin' on the Ritz."

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection: Irving Berlin (multimedia site including video and audio performances of his well-known works)

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Mr. Broadway: The Inside Story of the Shuberts, the Shows, and the Stars
by Gerald Schoenfeld

Taking readers backstage, the long-term chairman of the Shubert Organization shares his triumphs and failures, sings praises and settles scores, revealing how he and his partner, Bernie Jacobs, saved the Shubert Organization by bringing some of Broadway's greatest hits to the stage.

Interview with Gerald Schoenfeld (video)

 

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Murder on Broadway
by Edward I. Koch and Wendy Corsi Staub

Publisher’s Weekly review

About the author (web site)

Series (web site)

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My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies
by Allen Zadoff

While working backstage on a high school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," sixteen-year-old Adam develops feelings for a beautiful actress--which violates an unwritten code--and begins to overcome the grief that has controlled him since his father's death nearly two years earlier.

Publisher’s Weekly review

Interview with Allen Zadoff (video)

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The Rehearsal
by Eleanor Catton

All the world's a stage--and nowhere is that more true than at an all-girls high school, particularly one where a scandal has just erupted. A teacher has had an affair with his underage student, and though her friends pretend to be dismayed, they are secretly curious and jealous.  When the local drama school turns the story of the scandal into their year-end show, the real world and the world of the theater are forced to meet.

Publisher’s Weekly review

Interview with Eleanor Catton (video)

Book trailer for this title (video)

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Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater
by Larry Stempel

Brings the history of Broadway musicals to life in a narrative as engaging as the subject itself--beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849 to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent.

Publisher’s Weekly review

History of the Tony Awards (video)

Astor Place: Riots at the Opera (video)

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The Shuberts Present 100 Years of American Theater
by the Staff of the Shubert Archive

Looks at theater palaces owned by the Shubert Organization in New York City and shows how their history fits into the history of American theater during the twentieth century.

Booklist review

The Shubert Organization (official web site)

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Stagestruck
by Peter Lovesey

When a pop diva is brutally attacked minutes before a theatrical performance and the chief suspect is promptly found dead, Detective Peter Diamond uncovers bitter rivalries among the cast and crew and must confront his own mysterious theater phobia to find the killer.

Publisher’s Weekly review

About the author (web site)

Author talk by Peter Lovesey (video)

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The Story of 42nd Street: The Theaters, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World’s Most Notorious Street
by Mary C. Henderson and Alexis Greene

A theater historian traces the rise and fall of the street that symbolizes the Broadway experience and captures the colorful characters, shows, scandals, and stories of this uniquely American dreamscape.

NY Times Q & A with the authors (web site)

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Theater Geek: The Real Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor, the Famous Performing Arts Camp
by Mickey Rapkin

Follows three teen actors through the ups and downs of a session at Stagedoor Manor, a renowned theater camp in the Catskills with such noted alumni as Robert Downey, Jr., Natalie Portman, Zach Braff, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Publisher’s Weekly review

Stagedoor Manor (official web site for the theater camp portrayed in this title)

CBS Sunday Morning story about Stagedoor Manor (video)

 


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