The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway's Most Remarkable Songs

eBook - 2016
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When Robert Preston shouted "Ya got trouble!" in River City, when Carol Channing glided down a gilded staircase while waiters serenaded her with "Hello, Dolly!," when Barbra Streisand defied us to rain on her parade in Funny Girl, audiences were instantly enchanted. Showstoppers! is all about Broadway musicals' most memorable numbers--why they were so effective, how they were created, and why they still resonate. Much of it is told through the eyes of the performers, songwriters, directors, and choreographers who first built these explosive numbers and lit the fuse. Gerald Nachman interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures, including Patti LuPone, John Raitt, Jerry Herman, Edie Adams, Dick Van Dyke, Joel Grey, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander, Tommy Tune, Sheldon Harnick, and Harold Prince, uncovering priceless untold anecdotes and details.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781613731055
Branch Call Number: 782.14 Na
Description: 1 online resource (384 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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OranguTang Jul 23, 2017

Full of really good and interesting information about your favourite Broadway tunes. Unfortunately, the writer's bias becomes overwhelming the longer you read. He very clearly favours older musicals and trashes newer musicals even as he is trying to present their great "showstoppers". And don't even get him started about movie musicals! The background information in the book, while interesting, seems a little sad and sordid - not the shiny and glitzy exterior that we end up seeing. I felt a little disillusioned by the end. If you want something informational but more cheerful and less biased, read 'The Secret Life of the American Musical'.


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