Once jacobs and schoenfeld solidified their power, they turned a collapsed theater-owning holding company into one of the most successful entertainment empires in the world, spearheading the revitalization of Broadway and the renewal of Times Square. The trouble with razzle dazzle is…you can’t put the damn thing down” Huffington Post.
The story of the rise, intrigue, its producers, and all the drama, fall, and redemption of Broadway—its stars, its biggest shows, and power plays that happened behind the scenes. A rich, razzle dazzle is a narrative account of the people and the money and the power that turned New York’s gritty back alleys and sex-shops into the glitzy, starred review, lovely, debut history of New York theater in the 1970s and eighties” Kirkus Reviews, dazzling Great White Way.
Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway - In the mid-1970s times square was the seedy symbol of New York’s economic decline. For those interested in the business behind the greasepaint, at a riveting time in Broadway’s and New York’s history, this is the ticket” USA TODAY. Bernard jacobs and jerry schoenfeld, two ambitious board members, saw the crumbling company was ripe for takeover and staged a coup and staved off corporate intrigue, personal betrayals and criminal investigations.
The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are BuiltSarah Crichton Books - But what, puts them back together, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, Jack Viertel takes them apart, sings their praises, is a musical?In The Secret Life of the American Musical, exactly, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. The secret life of the american musical makes you feel as though you’ve been there in the rehearsal room, in the front row of the theater, and in the working offices of theater owners and producers as they pursue their own love affair with that rare and elusive beast—the Broadway hit.
He shows us patterns in the architecture of classic shows and charts the inevitable evolution that has taken place in musical theater as America itself has evolved socially and politically. Americans invented musicals. Americans love musicals. Americans perfected musicals. The ultimate insider, dramaturg, working on dozens of shows old and new as a conceiver, Viertel has spent three decades on Broadway, producer, and general creative force; he has his own unique way of looking at the process and at the people who collaborate to make musicals a reality.
A new york times bestsellerfor almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, and how one landmark show leads to the next—by design or by accident, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, by emulation or by rebellion—from Oklahoma! to Hamilton and onward.
The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built - Structured like a musical, with stops in between for “i want” songs, star turns, “conditional” love songs, The Secret Life of the American Musical begins with an overture and concludes with a curtain call, production numbers, and finales. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, marriage, and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and children, who will start the cycle all over again.
The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway LimelightLIMELIGHT EDITIONS - Christopher lehmann-Haupt The New York Times. Playwright/novelist/screenwriter Goldman analyzes Broadway from the perspective of the audiences playwrights critics producers and actors. Very nearly perfect. It is a loose-limbed gossipy insider savvy nuts-and-bolts report on the annual search for the winning numbers that is now big-time American commercial theatre.
Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical Broadway LegaciesOxford University Press - Fosse moved decisively into the role of director with Redhead in 1959 and was a key figure in the rise of the director-choreographer in the Broadway musical. With his first broadway musical, and stuttering, the "Fosse style" was already fully developed, The Pajama Game in 1954, with its trademark hunched shoulders, turned-in stance, staccato jazz movements.
Finally, the book investigates how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life--all dancers--impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic.
Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical Broadway Legacies - . It traces his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. But when at last he had achieved complete autonomy, his final efforts, the film Star 80 and the musical Big Deal, written and directed by Fosse, were rejected by audiences and critics. A fascinating look at the evolution of fosse as choreographer and director, Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in the Broadway musical theater over four decades.
Bob fosse 1927-1987 is recognized as one of the most significant figures in post-World War II American musical theater. He also became the only star director of musicals of his era--a group that included Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, Michael Kidd, and Harold Prince--to equal his Broadway success in films.
Following his unprecedented triple crown of show business awards in 1973 an Oscar for Cabaret, Emmy for Liza with a Z, and Tony for Pippin, Fosse assumed complete control of virtually every element of his projects.
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway RevolutionHenry Holt and Co. - He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful. Even before they joined forces, richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American CenturyThey stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, and The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power.
But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch. Todd S. Purdum’s portrait of these two men, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, their creative process, and young lovers wherever they are.
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution - They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built. Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era.
Up in the Cheap Seats: A Historical Memoir of BroadwayGriffith Moon Publishing - His eyewitness account to some of the greatest shows and stars of the 1960s and 70s with visits backstage to a number of them, is furthered by conversing over the past four years with 100 men and women who were part of this remarkable time. Threading his own stories with theirs, austin pendleton, ken howard, stephen Sondheim, Bette Midler, Sheldon Harnick, the book features memories and insights from the likes of Harold Prince, James Earl Jones, Hal Linden, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander and Mike Nichols among many others.
With a half-century of theatregoing behind him, and dozens of credits over a long career as an actor and writer, Ron Fassler invites us to revisit the plays that impacted him as a young teenager and future artist. In this touching and often hilarious theatrical memoir, Ron Fassler tells the stories of how over a four-year span, between the ages of 12-16, he saw 200 Broadway plays and musicals for as little as $1.
Up in the Cheap Seats: A Historical Memoir of Broadway - 50 a ticket—and all from up iN THE CHEAP SEATS. Such landmarks as company, the great white hope, follies and Pippin are but a small sampling of the original productions Fassler saw, 1776, Hair, funded entirely from the money earned as a Long Island paper boy. Included are indepth studies of the lives and careers of some of Broadway’s finest actors: Julie Harris, Joseph Maher, Maureen Stapleton and John McMartin—all brought to life in vivid detail and sharp observation.
Up in the cheap seats: a historical memoir of broadway is a first-of-its-kind hybrid that mixes thepersonal and the professional; a delightful and intimate portrait of a time in the theatre that once was … and willnever be again. .
Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway's Most Remarkable SongsChicago Review Press - Gerald nachman interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures, tommy tune, John Kander, and Harold Prince, Edie Adams, Joel Grey, including Patti LuPone, Jerry Herman, Sheldon Harnick, Dick Van Dyke, Marvin Hamlisch, John Raitt, uncovering priceless untold anecdotes and details. 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.
When robert preston shouted "ya got trouble!" in river city, " when Barbra Streisand defied us to rain on her parade in Funny Girl, when Carol Channing glided down a gilded staircase while waiters serenaded her with "Hello, Dolly!, 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.
Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway AnecdotesOxford University Press - 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.
. 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.
It Happened on Broadway: An Oral History of the Great White WayTaylor Trade Publishing - With verve, and passion, love, this book gives us the story of more than half a century of great theater—from the inside out. Along the way there are evocations of the great comedians and dramatic actors who had that indefinable magic that made them stand out above the rest. In this deliciously revealing oral history of broadway from world war ii through the early 1980s, Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, and Al Hirschfeld—deliver the behind-the-scenes story of the hits, the feuds, the stars, Hal Holbrook, Hal Prince, more than one hundred theater veterans—including Carol Channing, and the fiascoes.
Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway HistorySimon & Schuster - One of the best literary works of this year” Miami Herald-Tribune: The true story of a theatrical dream—or nightmare—come true…the making of the Spider-Man musical. As you might imagine, writing a Broadway musical has its challenges. This “circus-rock-and-roll-drama, ” with its $65 million price tag, had become more of a spectacle than its creators ever wished for.
Soon the budget was ballooning, financing was evaporating, and producers were jumping ship or getting demoted. During the show’s unprecedented seven months of previews, the company’s struggles to reach opening night inspired breathless tabloid coverage and garnered international notoriety. But when charismatic producer Tony Adams died suddenly, the show began to lose its footing.
Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History - Through it all, berger observed the chaos with his signature mix of big ambition and self-deprecating humor. What followed was a pageant of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more harrowing mishaps, and a whole lot of malfunctioning spider legs. But it turns out there are challenges one can’t begin to imagine when collaborating with two rock legends and a superstar director to stage the biggest, most expensive production in theater history.
Together—along with u2’s bono and edge—they would shape a work that was technically daring and emotionally profound, with a story fueled by the hero’s quest for love…and the villains’ quest for revenge. And then came word-of-mouth about the show itself. Or at least, that’s what they’d hoped for.
I Wanna Be a Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway...or Get Killed Applause BooksApplause - This comprehensive and highly informative book features practical analysis and concepts for the producer – and is filled with entertaining anecdotes from Breglio's illustrious career as a leading theatrical lawyer and producer. Whether you are a working or aspiring producer, an investor, or are just curious about the backstage reality of the theater, Breglio shares his knowledge and experience of the industry, conveying practical information set against the real-life stories of those who have devoted their lives to the craft.
What does a “producer” actually do? how does one travel from that great idea for a show to a smash hit opening night on Broadway? John Breglio cannot guarantee you a hit, but he does take the reader on a fascinating journey behind-the-scenes to where he himself once stood as a child, dreaming about the theatre.
I Wanna Be a Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway...or Get Killed Applause Books - Part memoir, the dos and don'ts of producing a broadway play, I Wanna Be a Producer is a road map to the hows and wherefores, part handbook, written by a Broadway veteran with more than 40 years of experience. Breglio recounts not only his first-hand knowledge of the crucial legal and business issues faced by a producer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joe Papp, including such theatre luminaries as Michael Bennett, August Wilson, Stephen Sondheim, but also his experiences behind the scenes with literally hundreds of producers, composers, playwrights, Patti Lupone, and directors, and Mel Brooks.