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Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes

Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes

by Ken Bloom

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Overview

Did you know that Frank Sinatra was nearly considered for the original production of Fiddler on the Roof? Or that Jerome Robbins never choreographed the famous "Dance at the Gym" in West Side Story? Or that Lin-Manuel Miranda called out an audience member on Twitter for texting during a performance of Hamilton (the perpetrator was Madonna)? In Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes, Broadway aficionado-in-chief Ken Bloom takes us on a spirited spin through some of the most intriguing factoids in show business, offering up an unconventional history of the theatre in all its idiosyncratic glory. From the cantankerous retorts of George Abbott to the literally show-stopping antics of Katharine Hepburn, you'll learn about the adventures and star turns of some of the Broadway's biggest personalities, and discover little-known tidbits about beloved plays and musicals from The Black Crook to Beautiful.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190221010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,143,630
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ken Bloom is the author of Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time and Broadway: An Encyclopedia. He has directed and produced shows at Town Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and other venues. Bloom is the founder of the website InsideSongs.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Personalities
The Idea
Writing the Show
Naming the Show
Songs
Producing the Show
Auditions
Rehearsals
Out of Town
Theatres
Previews
Opening Night
Critics
Box Office
Audiences
Superstitions
Publicity
Stunts
Performing the Show
Tragedies
Quotes
Bibliography

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