June 2006

Broadway The American Musical

Bulfinch Press, Time Warner Book Group

  • 1271 Avenue Of The Americas
  • New York , NY


abc Broadway – The American Musical xyz is a companion piece to the acclaimed six-part PBS Series.  This is a comprehensive and concise history of over 100 years of Broadway magic. The book is divided into six distinct chapters, all placed in chronological order. Each chapter also contains a point of reference for the reader such as: who’s who, which musical typifies the era, and some of the great lyrics of that time. All the greatest legends of the great white way are covered from Fanny Brice (Funny Girl), Fred Astaire and Ray Bolger (the scarecrow from the Wizard Of Oz) to today’s crop of luminaries, Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Lane.

Added features at the end of the book include:

  • Exit Music
  • Broadway: A selected chronology
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Maps Of The Theater District
  • Photo, Lyric And Text Credits 

abc Broadway – The American Musical xyz contains 310 black and white and 200 color images from the most memorable moments in theater history. From the Phantom of the Opera to Carousel to Hairspray, they’re all here. The authors have also provided interviews such as: Lorenz Hart on Richard Rogers, Tommy Tune on a dancer’s life, and Mel Brooks on Musical Comedy. Theater lovers and history buffs alike will find something to enjoy in this wonderful book.

Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member