Broadway Plays and Musicals: Descriptions and Essential by Thomas S. Hischak

By Thomas S. Hischak

Long island City's Broadway district is by means of a ways the main prestigious and profitable venue for American performers, playwrights, entertainers, and technicians. whereas there are numerous reference works and demanding reports of chosen Broadway performs or musicals or even extra works concerning the highlights of the yank theater, this is often the 1st single-volume e-book to hide the entire actions on Broadway among 1919 and 2007. greater than 14,000 productions are in short defined, together with 1000s of performs, musicals, revivals, and area of expertise courses which were played at the nice White means. Entries comprise well-known and forgotten works, designed to provide an entire photo of Broadway's historical past and improvement, its evolution because the early 20th century, and its upward thrust to exceptional prominence on the planet of yank theater. greater than simply uncooked info, the productions are pointed out by way of plot, solid, group of workers, serious response, and value within the historical past of recent York theater and tradition. as well as a chronological checklist of all Broadway productions among 1919 and 2007, the publication additionally comprises nearly six hundred very important productions played on Broadway earlier than 1919.

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Since he’s not much of a host, Waldo spends his days chasing after scantily-dressed girls and getting in the way of the marriage plans between his son Kenny (Bill Callahan) and Kathy Robinson (Betty Jane Watson). Also cast: Dick Dana, Kathryn Lee, Betty Lou Barto, Hobart Cavanaugh. Songs: You Say the Nicest Things, Baby; I Got Lucky in the Rain; It Takes a Woman to Take a Man; As the Girls Go; There’s No Getting Away From You. Reviewers thought the musical slight but thoroughly enjoyable thanks to the clowning of Clark and the sparkling score.

Also cast: Paul Everton, Vera Dunn. Songs: Anything Goes; All Through the Night; You’re the Top; Blow, Gabriel, Blow; I Get a Kick Out of You; The Gypsy in Me; Be Like the Bluebird. The quintessential 1930s musical and one of the musical theatre’s perennial favorites, the show was greeted with cheers for script, score, and cast. Writers Wodehouse and Bolton wrote the original libretto about a shipwreck but after a tragic sea disaster occurred right before rehearsals began, Lindsay and Crouse quickly teamed up for the first time and concocted a revised plot.

Godfrey Tearle was Antony and the supporting cast included Lenore Ulric, Douglass Watson, Ralph Clanton, Kent Smith, Joseph Holland, Eli Wallach, Maureen Stapleton, Charlton Heston, and Joseph Wiseman. 20 December 1951 [Ziegfeld Thea]. 20 tickets) because of acclaimed stage and screen stars Vivien Leigh (Cleopatra) and Laurence Olivier (Antony). She got better notices than he did but it made no difference to those seeking the theatrical event of the season. The cast also featured Robert Helpmann, Donald Pleasance, Wilfred Hyde-White, Pat Nye, Harry Andrews, Katharine Blake, and Alec McCowen.

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