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This reference book records the activities of the Stratford, Ontario (Shakespeare) Festival, which is considered the premiere professional festival in North America. Alan Somerset documents not only the Stratford theater activities, but also the Festival's many…

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Not Since Carrie is Ken Mandelbaum's brilliant survey of Broadway's biggest flops. This highly readable and entertaining book highlights almost 200 musicals created between 1950 and 1990, framed around the notorious musical adaptation of Carrie , and examines…

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"[Miller] aims at the heart of each work and reaches it with artistic insight. Those who participate in the theatre at any level as well as those with an avid interest in the subject will discover some fresh ideas here." - Library Journal on "From Assassins to…

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This is the first biography of Christopher Rich (1647ó1714), the Somerset lawyer who, largely by chance, became the manager of Drury Lane Theatre from 1694ó1709. Author Paul Sawyer looks at several of Rich's accomplishments during his tenure at Drury Lane and…

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Provides original reviews, reprinted in their entirety, of New York stage productions for the first half of the twentieth century. Each volume includes a name index and an index by critics and the final volume also features a cumulative index to all productions…

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(Limelight). The lyricist/librettist of The Fantasticks , the longest-running show in the history of the American theater, takes on a new role as your guide through the magical world of the stage musical.

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The Frenchman Juan de Grimaldi was instrumental in the development of the Spanish theatre in the 1820s and 30s, at a time when censorship, repression, and economic chaos had left it in a state of stagnation. As impresario and stage director, he trained actors in…

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Whether moralistic or satirical, the plays of the American Revolution offer unique insights into the sympathies and fears of both loyal and dissident parties, and so serve as a telling document of a socially turbulent age. Brown's extensive research coheres into…

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Publicity, nerve, and verve made David Merrick possibly the most successful producer in the history of Broadway. Not since the days of David Belasco or Florenz Ziegfeld had the theatre produced such a spectacular producer-star. He was dubbed "The Barnum of…

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This book offers an account of an unprecedented North American study of contemporary female and male strip shows. It particularly focuses on the contradictory sex roles, cultural positions, and performance practices of 'straight' strip shows during their second…

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This book doesn't tell a director how to direct more complex shows, it serves as a roadmap to the treasure buried beneath the surface of some of the musical theatre's most sophisticated and complex shows. A must for anyone in theatre this book provides a…