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The Phantom of the Opera Collection (2021)

Fully authorized graphic novel adaptation by Cavan Scott, illustrated by José María Beroy, of the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe original libretto.

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Vaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890–1925 (2020)

Looks through the apparent carnival of vaudeville performance and asks: what made the theater so popular and transformative? Monod makes the case that vaudeville became so popular because it offered audiences a guide to a modern urban lifestyle.

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Time to Act: An Intimate Photographic Portrait of Actors Backstage (2020)

In meditative portraits, often shot in the intimate space of the dressing room, Annand captures the focus and tension of world-class actors right before they go on the stage. Including Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal and Judi Dench.

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Sistuhs in the Struggle: An Oral History of Black Arts Movement Theater and Performance (2020)

Documents how black women theater artists and activists—many of whom worked behind the scenes as directors, designers, producers, stage managers, and artistic directors—disseminated the black aesthetic and emboldened their communities. Draws on nearly thirty original interviews with well-known artists such as Ntozake Shange and Sonia Sanchez, as well as less-studied figures including distinguished lighting designer Shirley Prendergast, dancer and choreographer Halifu Osumare, and three-time To...

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The New Business of Acting: The Next Edition - COVID Update (2020)

Pandemic-specific supplement to his popular book for actors, The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape - The Next Edition.

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God, Sex, and Musical Theatre: Meditations for Unlocking the Powerful Self (2020)

Poetry, thoughts, and musings on communing with the unseen, expressions of love, and the nuances of desire.

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Circle in the Square Theatre: A Comprehensive History (2020)

Records the seven-decade history of this distinguished theatre from its nightclub origins to its current status as a Tony Award-winning Broadway institution. Based on years of research as well as interviews conducted with Circle in the Square's major contributing artists.

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West Side Story the novel (2020)

The classic novelization of one of Broadway’s most enduring and beloved musicals (based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins), updated with a new cover.

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A Tale of Transformation: Twenty-Five Years of Beauty and the Beast on Stage (2020)

Fully illustrated with concept art, costume designs, behind-the-scenes photography, and other rarities and never-before published visuals, along with text by renowned Disney author historian Jeff Kurtti. Also features a dozen guest essays by creative talents and performers who have been a part of, or been deeply influenced by this landmark cultural work. Disney Editions Deluxe series.

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The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story (2020)

Mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to imagine the provocative story of a woman we thought we knew. Darin Strauss and Tavia Gilbert narrators for the audio version.

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Vietgone (2020)

Play by Qui Nguyen. L.A. Theatre Works production recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in February 2020. Will Dao, Desiree Mee Jung, Greg Watanabe, Paul Yen, Jeena Yi. Directed by Tim Dang. Original music by Shane Rettig.

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A Strange Loop: A Musical (2020)

Usher is a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson’s blistering, momentous new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — not least of which, the punishing thoughts in his own head — in an attempt to capture and understand his own strange loop.

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Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway (2020)

Account of recent Broadway history—spanning from the debut of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard to Disney’s The Lion King. Drawing upon more than 150 insider interviews, Riedel walks us through the Broadway we know and love today: an industry awash in big hits and bigger money, while also being an industry split between its adherence to old art forms and the allure of popular culture.

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Reading Between the Lines: A Memoir (Janis Paige) (2020)

A memoir filled with stories of luminaries from the past. Chronicles such adventures as the author's journeys to the battlefields of Vietnam and Korea as well as one unforgettable trip to South Africa; her film career, vaudeville, Broadway, nightclubs, television and soaps; and her work to protect the legacy of her late husband, songwriter Ray Gilbert. 528 pages.

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Paula Scher: Twenty-Five Years at the Public, A Love Story (2020)

Illustrated book by graphic designer Paula Scher, who turned her first major project as a partner at Pentagram into a formative twenty-five-year relationship with the Public Theater in New York. Chronicles over two decades of brand and identity development and an evolving creative process in a unique "autobiography of graphic design."

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London Theatres (new edition) (2020)

Fully revised and updated version of 2017 book by drama critic Michael Coveney, with photographs by Peter Dazeley. Stories of the architecture, the people, and the productions which have defined each theatre, with photographs of the public areas, auditorium and backstage, Updated to include ten additional theatres, including the Victoria Palace Theatre, the Sondheim Theatre, the Bridge Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre. Foreword by Mark Rylance. 288

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Ink (2020)

Play by James Graham, which appeared on Broadway in 2019. 144 pages.

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Gene Kelly: The Making of a Creative Legend (2020)

Biography by Earl Hess and Pratibha A. Dabholkar. Offers a full picture of Gene Kelly as the Renaissance man he actually was—dancer, choreographer, actor, clown, singer, director, teacher, and mentor. Photographs. 552 pages.

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The Dramatic Moment of Fate: The Life of Sherlock Holmes in the Theatre (2020)

Alexandra Kitty curates Sherlock Holmes' theatrical world throughout the decades: from unlikely Off-Broadway musicals to lauded slapstick comedies, to more traditional and gripping portrayals of his iconic stories and new incarnations. 172 pages.

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The Sanest Guy in the Room: A Life in Lyrics (2020)

"A rich and delightful paean to a life lived through song ... reveals the essence of Black's craft, looks at those who have inspired him and allows us to understand what made those icons tick ... with wit, warmth and great humour."

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Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training (2020)

Compilation of essays that offers a comprehensive analysis of the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique in comparison to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, revealing the connections as well as the contradictions between these two very different approaches. 274 pages.

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Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown (2020)

Book of lyrics and stories from Hadestown from its author, songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, with a foreword by Steve Earle. 272 pages.

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Theresa Rebeck, Complete Plays, Volume 5 2011-2019, Volume 5 (2020)

The Nest, Poor Behavior, The Way of the World, Seared, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Downstairs, and Fool. 643 pages.

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The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda (2020)

Play by Ishmael Reed that " critiques the acclaimed historical musical Hamilton through a depiction of a fictionalized version of ... Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is visited by several historical figures missing from the musical in a style similar to Dickens' A Christmas Carol ... echoes many critiques made by historians, such as the whitewashing of Alexander Hamilton." Debuted in 2019 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. 80 pages.

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Stage Money: The Business of the Professional Theater 2nd edition (2020)

For decades roughly 80 percent of commercial Broadway productions have failed to recoup their original investments. In light of this shocking and harsh reality, how does the show go on? Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson answer this question and many others in this updated edition of their popular, straightforward guide to understanding professional theater finances and the economic realities of theater production.

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The Understudy (2020)

THE UNDERSTUDY is the story of Nina Landau, an actress, living in New York City in the early '70s and trying hard to make it on Broadway. We follow her from her Broadway audition nerves to her eventual success on stage. Along the way we discover what goes on backstage during a Broadway show, how actors deal with the mistakes that occasionally occur and how exciting it is to be at an opening night party at Sardi's! Nina experiences thrilling triumphs as well as crushing setbacks and has a passio...

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Idiots, Heathers, and Squips: The New Golden Age of the Musical Theatre (2020)

Covers the first decade and a half of the new millennium, guided by deep dives into eleven of the musicals that represent the astonishing variety and fearlessness of this new Golden Age, including bare, Urinetown, Sweet Smell of Success, Jerry Springer the Opera, Passing Strange, Cry-Baby, Next to Normal, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Heathers, and Be More Chill.

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Climbing Rejection Mountain: An Actor's Path to Success, Stability, and Self-Esteem (2020)

Full of practical advice and guidelines for approaching not only acting but life. Highlighted by anecdotes from Mr. Wyman's long, illustrious career (sixteen Broadway shows) as well as dozens of clever, amusing cartoons by the noted Broadway actor (seventeen Broadway shows) Michael X. Martin.

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But He Doesn't Know the Territory: The Story behind Meredith Willson's The Music Man - "Broadway edition" (2020)

New reprint of Meredith Willson's 1959 memoir. Reflections on the ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, and finally successes of making one of America’s most popular musicals. New foreword by foreword by Michael Feinstein. 208 pages.

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The Understudy (2020)

New novel by stage actress Ellen Tovatt Leary about the life of a Broadway actress in the 1970s. 255 pages.

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The Complete Book of 2010s Broadway Musicals (2020)

New volume in Dan Dietz' series of books (which previously covered the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s). Includes detailed information about every musical that opened on Broadway from 2010 through the end of 2019. Discusses the decade's major successes, notorious failures, and musicals that closed during their pre-Broadway tryouts, and also highlights revivals and personal-appearance revues. Plot summaries; cast members; names of all important personnel, including ...

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Understanding Tracy Letts (2020)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in drama as well as Tony Awards for best play and best actor, Tracy Letts has emerged as one of the greatest playwrights of the twenty-first century. Understanding Tracy Letts, the first book dedicated to his writing, is an introduction to his plays and an invitation to engage more deeply with his work―both for its emotional power and cultural commentary.

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The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: The Shorter Plays (2020)

With notes by Professor Gontarski. Completes this series of notebooks, with Play, Come and Go, Eh Joe, Footfalls, That Time and What Where.

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The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: Krapp's Last Tape (2020)

With notes by Professor Knowlson. Samuel Beckett directed Krapp's Last Tape on four separate occasions: this volume offers a facsimile of his 1969 Schiller-Theater notebook.

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The Theatre and Films of Conor McPherson: Conspicuous Communities (2020)

Offers a detailed and engaging critical analysis of the plays and films of Conor McPherson, considering issues of gender and class disparity, violence and wealth in the cultural and political contexts in which the work is written and performed, as well as the inclusion of song, sound, the supernatural, religious and pagan festive sensibilities through which initial genre perceptions are nudged elsewhere, towards the unconscious and ineffable. Supplemented by a number of contributed critical and...

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Oklahoma!: The Making of an American Musical, Revised and Expanded Edition (2020)

Revised edition of 2007 book which tells the full story of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Now, Carter draws further on recently released sources, including the Rouben Mamoulian Papers at the Library of Congress, with additional correspondence, contracts, and even new versions of the working script used—and annotated—throughout the show's rehearsal process. Carter also focuses on the key players and concepts behind the musical, including Lynn Riggs's "Green Grow the Lilacs," and th...

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My White Best Friend: (And Other Letters Left Unsaid) (2020)

Originally commissioned by The Bunker Theatre as a festival that ran in 2019. 23 letters that engage with a range of topics, from racial tensions, microaggressions and emotional labour, to queer desire, prejudice and otherness. Includes work from Zia Ahmed, Travis Alabanza, Fatimah Asghar, Nathan Bryon, Matilda Ibini, Jammz, Iman Qureshi, Anya Reiss, Somalia Seaton, Nina Segal, Tolani Shoneye, Lena Dunham, Inua Ellams, Rabiah Hussain, Mika Johnson, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Shi...

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Les Miserables and Its Afterlives (2020)

Offers analysis of both the Victor Hugo novel itself and its adaptations: more than 60 international film and television variations, numerous radio dramatizations, animated versions, comics, stage plays, and the world's longest running musical, which itself has generated a wealth of fan-made and online content. Draws together essays from across a variety of fields, combining readings of Les Misérables with reflections on some of its multimedia afterlives, including musical theater and film from...

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Magic Time: A Memoir - Notes on Theater & Other Entertainments (2020)

The memoir begins with Wilson's earliest foray into playwriting, then on to Yale where he was a student and a professor. He was assistant to producer Lewis Allen and had a hand in the production of Big Fish, Little Fish and the film version of Lord of the Flies, directed by Peter Brook. Wilson taught at Hunter College and later at the CUNY Graduate Center for more than forty years. He was theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal from April 21, 1972, through the next twenty-three years, and th...

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Break an Egg!: The Broadway Cookbook (2020)

55 recipes inspired by favorite musicals from The Sound of Music to Hamilton, including Eggrolls for Mr. Goldstone served with a side of Too Darn Hot Sauce; Another Vodka Stinger, The Wizard and Ice, Schnitzel With Noodles, Mama’s Well-Peppered Ragu, Angel (Food Cake) of Music. With illustrations and photographs.

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The Summer Set: A Novel (2020)

Charlie Savoy was once Hollywood’s hottest A-lister. Now, ten years later, she’s pushing forty, exiled from the film world and back at the summer Shakespeare theater in the Berkshires that launched her career—and where her old flame, Nick, is the artistic director.

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Shakespeare for Squirrels: A Novel (2020)

A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir—a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore.

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Plays Worth Remembering - Volume 1 and Volume 2: A Veritable Feast of George Ade's Greatest Hits (2020)

Two-volume set of 14 plays and two silent film screenplays by turn-of-the-20th century American playwright George Ade. Many of these works have never been published before and some do not exist in complete form anywhere else. Ade’s plays offer a valuable and funny commentary on politics, community and social norms in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

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August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone (The Fourth Wall) (2020)

Gives readers an overview of the work from its inception through revisions and stagings in regional theatres and Broadway, exploring its use of African American vernacular genres - blues music, folk songs, folk tales, and dance - and 19th Century Southern post-Reconstruction history. Ladrica Menson-Furr presents Joe Turner's Come and Gone as a historical drama, blues drama, American drama, great migration drama, and the finest example of Wilson's gift for re-locating the African American experi...

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Ann Miller: Her Life and Career (2020)

Ann Miller (1923-2004) was an American actress, dancer, singer and author. Best known as a tap dancer, Miller practiced other forms of dance, and some of her solo routines are considered as good as any recorded in film musical history. Despite a reputation as a kook who believed she was psychic, and the potentially flat image of a "glamour girl," Miller's wit, charm and genuine ability to act gave her and her characters depth. This biography presents Ann Miller's career in the context of her fa...

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Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti: A Working Diary (2020)

In this insightful joint working diary, the creative powerhouse of a couple, Lolita Chakrabarti and Adrian Lester, chronicle 16 months of their fascinating working lives, including their experiences working on the stage adaptation of Life of Pi, an original series of monologues about the NHS, the film adaptation of Red Velvet and the TV series The Rook, among many other projects. As readers, we experience, first-hand, their experiences as two of the most proactive and versatile theatre makers t...

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The Methuen Drama Anthology of American Women Playwrights: 1970 - 2020 (2020)

Wesley Brown and Aimée K. Michel, editors. Includes Gun, Spell #7, The Jacksonian, The Baltimore Waltz, In the Blood, Intimate Apparel.

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Playing by Ear: Reflections on Sound and Music (2020)

In Peter Brook's collection of essays, the director reflects on the role of music in theatre and performance and revisits some of the best-known productions from his career, including Titus Andronicus, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, and The Prisoner. Topics range from how to evoke "true listening" to the relationship between words and music to the "living presence" of silence. 80 pages.

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Hansard (2020)

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport.

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Ever After: Forty Years of Musical Theater and Beyond, 1977–2019 (2020)

Originally published in 2003 as a comprehensive history of the previous twenty-five years in musical theater, on and off Broadway, this new edition of Ever After extends the narrative, taking readers from 2004 to the present.

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