Ben Brantley has put together the definitive volume on the subject including the original reviews and related content of the 119 most important shows, from the golden age of the musical right up to The Book of Mormon.
About the Author: Ben Brantley is the chief theater critic of the New York Times, for which he's been reviewing plays since 1993. He was the editor of The New York Times Book of Broadway, and received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism in 1996–97.
About the Book: Over the last century the New York Times' six leading critics—Brooks Atkinson, Howard Taubman, Clive Barnes, Walter Kerr, Frank Rich, and Ben Brantley—have offered the most authoritative and influential commentary on Broadway Musicals. These scribes have not only chronicled the lively history of Broadway Musicals, they have also, in the words of current chief theater critic Ben Brantley, "teased, chastised, fretted over, smiled upon, and (on occasion) worshipped it."
Now Ben Brantley has put together the definitive volume on the subject including the original reviews and related content of the 119 most important shows, to create Broadway Musicals: From the Pages of The New York Times Abrams; Oct 2012; U.S. $50.00/Can. $57.50; ISBN: 978-1-4197-0337-9. Complete with archival photographs and illustrations from each show's first production as well as celebrated revivals, Broadway Musicals pays tribute to the theater's finest moments – from the golden age of the musical right up to The Book of Mormon. Relive the years of divas, legendary directors, lyricists, and choreographers as Brantley gives context to this treasure trove of reviews with a thoughtful introduction and essays that guide the reader through each decade.
A must-have for Broadway aficionados of all ages, Broadway Musicals: From the Pages of The New York Times is a star-studded, one-of-a-kind celebration of a beloved art form and the critical tradition inextricably linked with it.
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