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Upcoming Theater Book Releases for October 2011

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They Can't Take That Away from Me: Musical Memories That Colour Our Lives
by Jackie McGregor
Released on Accent Press Ltd. on 10/1/11

Does a particular song take you back to a certain time and place? More than 100 celebrities were asked what songs bring back special memories. * Film star Joan Collins The Way You Look Tonight reminds her of the first dance at her wedding to Percy Gibson. * TV presenter Richard Madeley remembers playing guitar at the local folk club when he hears American Pie by Don McLean. * Pavarotti's rendition... (more...)

Broadway MVPs: 1960-2010 - The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons
by Peter Filichia
Released on Applause Books on 10/1/11

Every year, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League name a Most Valuable Player - an MVP. The Broadway musical community doesn't. Oh, there are the Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Awards, and the Theatre World Awards. But what if Broadway selected a MVP each season? In Broadway Musical MVPs: 1960-2010, The Most Valuable P... (more...)

Creating Pantomime
by Joyce Branagh, Keith Orton
Released on Crowood Press on 10/1/11

Pantomime is a much-loved institution, but how is it created? What tools and processes are used? Working from purely a title, this practical book explains how scripts and a design can develop together through the creative processes to culminate in the wonder and excitement of a unique production on opening night.... (more...)

Daring to Play: A Brecht Companion
by Manfred Wekwerth
Released on Routledge on 10/1/11

Translated into English for the first time, Daring To Play: A Brecht Companion is the study of Bertolt Brecht’s theatre by Manfred Wekwerth, Brecht’s co-director and former director of the Berliner Ensemble. Wekwerth aims to challenge prevailing myths and misconceptions of Brecht’s theatre, instead providing a refreshing and accessible approach to his plays and theatrical craft. The book is ric... (more...)

Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship
by Koritha Mitchell
Released on University of Illinois Press on 10/1/11

Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890–1930 demonstrates that popular lynching plays were mechanisms through which African American communities survived actual and photographic mob violence. Often available in periodicals, lynching plays were read aloud or acted out by black church members, schoolchildren, and families. Koritha Mitchell shows that... (more...)

The Playbill Broadway Yearbook: June 2010 to May 2011, Seventh Annual Edition
by Robert Viagas
Released on Applause Books on 10/1/11

Many of the people who work on Broadway keep scrapbooks of their experiences: photos, signed posters, ticket stubs, and, of course the Playbills. Playbill Books, a division of the iconic 127-year-old company that designs the programs for every show on Broadway, has expanded this idea into an annual project that has become a Broadway institution: The Playbill Broadway Yearbook. Taking the form of a... (more...)

Singer and Actor: Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer
by Alan E. Hicks
Released on Amadeus on 10/1/11

Current market forces in the performing arts, such as aging audiences, electronic media, and HD broadcasts, have changed the operatic landscape. Young opera singers entering the workforce find themselves navigating difficult and highly competitive waters. Previously ignored skill sets become assets - and, in many cases, requirements - in casting. But most singers graduate from college having never... (more...)

Stages of Life: Indian Theatre Autobiographies
by Kathryn Hansen
Released on Anthem Press on 10/1/11

The vanished world of India’s late-colonial theatre provides the backdrop for the autobiographies in this book. The life-stories of a quartet of early Indian actors and poet-playwrights are here translated into English for the first time. These men were schooled not in the classroom but in large theatrical companies run by Parsi entrepreneurs. Their memoirs, replete with anecdote and humor, are as... (more...)

Trust Me: A Memoir
by George Kennedy
Released on Applause on 10/1/11

"These are memoirs of a kid born in New York City in 1925. His dad, George Senior, was a pianist, composer, and orchestra leader at Proctor's Vaudeville Theatre, and his mother, Helen, played in a classic dance troupe. Hanky-panky ensued. They married, and I soon was the result... I write like I talk. A long time ago I tried making 'talking and telling the truth' one and the same. That isn't just ... (more...)

Broadway Nights
by Seth Rudetsky
Released on Vantage Point on 10/1/11

It’s been said (actually, it’s been sung), that when a Broadway baby says goodnight, it’s early in the morning. But what about those Broadway nights? The thrill of being on stage, the adulation, the applause, the stage door fanatics… Stephen Sherrin has no such life. Sure, he dallies on the Great White Way, but when he does have a job it’s beneath the stage, subbing in the orchestra pit. Other par... (more...)

Show Case: Developing, Maintaining, and Presenting a Design-Tech Portfolio for Theatre and Allied Fields
by Rafael Jaen
Released on Focal Press on 10/5/11

A design tech portfolio showcases a theatre designer/technician's most prized accomplishments in stage design, lighting, costuming, or makeup. The ability to make a winning portfolio is essential to getting into choice colleges, obtaining scholarships, and getting new jobs in the field. Unfortunately the process can become time consuming and challenging if you don't know where to start. Show Case ... (more...)

Automata and Mimesis on the Stage of Theatre History
by Kara Reilly
Released on Palgrave Macmillan on 10/11/11

This book explores automata or early robots as performers on the stage of theatre history. Automata are precursors to our digital culture, demonstrating that our spectacular culture of machine-based entertainments has numerous historical precedents. Automata are surprisingly saturated with intellectual and cultural history. Chapters examine topics like English Reformation Iconoclasm's fear that ar... (more...)

Shakespeare and Laughter: A Cultural History
by Indira Ghose
Released on Manchester University Press on 10/11/11

This book examines laughter in the Shakespearean theater, in the context of a cultural history of early modern laughter. Aimed at an informed readership, as well as graduate students and scholars in the field of Shakespeare studies, it is the first study to focus specifically on laughter, not comedy. It looks at various strands of the early modern discourse on laughter, ranging from medical treati... (more...)

Theatre in Pieces: Politics, Poetics and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
by Anna Furse
Released on Methuen Drama on 10/11/11

Theatre in Pieces: politics, poetics and interdisciplinary collaboration is an innovative compilation of seven highly acclaimed productions by key practitioners of non-playwright-driven theatre. Each playtext is reproduced in full and accompanied by extensive notes from members of the original producing theatre. A substantial introduction by Anna Furse provides an overview of the works and context... (more...)

Working in American Theatre
by Jim Volz
Released on Methuen Drama on 10/11/11

This is the indispensable career guide for anyone interested in the theatre: the complete A to Z culled from industry expert Jim Volz's experience and interviews with many voices in the theatre community. This guide is your first port of call from how to get your foot in the door to where, when and how to advance your career. In addition to advice, inspiration and strategies for all working pract... (more...)

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Musicals
by Scott Miller
Released on Northeastern on 10/11/11

Scott Miller once again shares his passion for and knowledge of musical theater in this endlessly entertaining and informative look at how musicals have both reflected and adapted to America's changing mores. Specifically, Miller casts his eye on the triumvirate of postwar social change: sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Eager to respond to the concerns and tastes of the increasingly influential bab... (more...)

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (20th Anniversary Edition)
by Tony Kushner
Released on Theatre Communications Group on 10/11/11

A revised edition of one of the most influential plays of our time, published with a new forward by the author, and debuting in celebration of Signature Theatre Company’s Tony Kushner season.... (more...)

Working in American Theatre: A Brief History, Career Guide and Resource Book for over 1000 Theatres
by Jim Volz
Released on Methuen Drama on 10/11/11

This is the indispensable career guide for anyone interested in the theatre: the complete A to Z culled from industry expert Jim Volz's experience and interviews with many voices in the theatre community. This guide is your first port of call from how to get your foot in the door to where, when and how to advance your career. In addition to advice, inspiration and strategies for all working pract... (more...)

Lillian Lorraine: The Life and Times of a Ziegfeld Diva
by Nils Hanson
Released on McFarland on 10/13/11

After a meteoric ascent on Broadway that began with Ziegfeld's 1910 Follies, Lillian Lorraine went on to become one of the most famous entertainers in America. Her passionately lived life made her a prime target for the tabloid gossip doyens of the day. This biography recounts the early West Coast life of this superstar as well as her coronation on Broadway, her work in silent film, and her sexual... (more...)

Exercises for Rebel Artists: Radical Performance Pedagogy
by Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Roberto Sifuentes
Released on Routledge on 10/25/11

In Exercises for Rebel Artists, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Roberto Sifuentes use their extensive teaching and performance experience with La Pocha Nostra to help students and practitioners to create ‘border art’. Designed to take readers right into the heart of radical performance, the authors use a series of crucial practical exercises, honed in workshops worldwide, to help create challenging th... (more...)

The Spaces of Irish Drama: Stage and Place in Contemporary Plays
by Helen Heusner Lojek
Released on Helen Heusner Lojek on 10/25/11

Contemporary Irish drama communicates not only through words but also through the non-verbal use of space – both the geographical places in which plays are set and the ways stage space is used. The work of cultural and physical geographers, brought to bear on plays by Friel, McPherson, Carr, and McGuinness, illuminates the extent to which perceptions of themes and characters are determined by the ... (more...)

Staging Modern American Life: Popular Culture in the Experimental Theatre of Millay, Cummings, and Dos Passos
by Thomas Fahy
Released on Palgrave Macmillan on 10/25/11

The theatrical works of Millay, Cummings, and Dos Passos, which have largely been marginalized in discussions of theater history and literary scholarship, offer a hybrid theater that integrates the popular with the formal, the mainstream with the experimental. Fahy examines the integration of and challenges to popular culture found in their works and offers new readings with an eye to American cul... (more...)

Aztecs on Stage: Religious Theater in Colonial Mexico
by Louise M. Burkhart
Released on University of Oklahoma Press on 10/25/11

Nahuatl drama, one of the most surprising results of the Catholic presence in colonial Mexico, merges medieval European religious theater with the language and performance traditions of the Aztec (Nahua) people of central Mexico. Franciscan missionaries, seeking effective tools for evangelization, fostered this new form of theater after observing the Nahuas’ enthusiasm for elaborate performances. ... (more...)

Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater
by Jonathan Kalb
Released on University of Michigan Press on 10/28/11

We easily accept that size matters in other areas of human endeavor, but what about works of the imagination? Why do some dramatic creations extend to five hours or more, and how does their great length help them accomplish extraordinarily ambitious aims? In Great Lengths, theater critic and scholar Jonathan Kalbexamines internationally prominent, marathon-length theater productions, including Ton... (more...)

Arthur Miller: 1962-2005
by Christopher Bigsby
Released on University of Michigan Press on 10/28/11

This masterful biography sheds new light on one of the 20th-century’s most acclaimed literary figures. Arthur Miller’s prize-winning plays, including Death of a Salesman, A View from the Bridge, and The Crucible brought him an international and enduring following. While the first half of his life was marked by events such as his refusal to provide information to the House Un-American Activities Co... (more...)

Lux Presents Hollywood: A Show-by-show History of the Lux Radio Theatre and the Lux Video Theatre, 1934-1957
by Connie Billips, Arthur Pierce
Released on Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub on 10/31/11

This reference work is a show-by-show chronicle of the series, arranged by broadcast season, and showing network affiliation, host, announcer, director, musical director, and adaptation writer. Show listings include title, date first broadcast, cast, cast of the Lux commercials, plot synopsis, and film versions of the story. Also provided are the intermission guests-D.W. Griffith, Theda Bara, King... (more...)

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