The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway's Most Remarkable Songs

Book - 2017
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Showstoppers! is all about Broadway musicals' most memorable numbers--why they were so effective, how they were created, and why they still resonate. Gerald Nachman has interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures to get their inside stories for this book, including Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Grey, Edie Adams, John Kander, Jerry Herman, Sheldon Harnick, Tommy Tune, Harold Prince, Donna McKechnie, and Andrea McArdle, uncovering priceless previously untold anecdotes and details,"
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781613731024
Branch Call Number: 782.14 Na
Description: xxiii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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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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