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It Happened on Broadway: An Oral History of the Great White Way

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In this deliciously revealing oral history of Broadway since World War II, more than 100 theater veterans-including Carol Channing, Hal Prince, Donna McKechnie, Hal Holbrook, Andrea McArdle, and Al Hirschfeld-deliver the behind-the-scenes story of the hits, the stars, the feuds, and the fiascoes. Black-and-white and color photos throughout.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 31st 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Russell Sanders
I’ve often wished I had sat down with my father, gotten him to start talking about his childhood, his war years, his early married life. This is what memories are made of. And this is what strengthens families and gives us framework. Alas, I didn’t do so. Thus my life is infinitely poorer, and his life is virtually lost to future generations. Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer have given us a wonderful book with It Happened on Broadway: An Oral History of the Great White Way. Composed of noth ...more
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion expressed in this review.

It's a gem for those who love Broadway. It Happened On Broadway is based on interviews with people who created Broadway: actors, dancers, producers, music- and costume- designers. They all tell their stories, share anecdotes about the other big names of Broadway, and show us how the American musical theatre came to life, won the audiences, sometimes struggled with bad press, and got
Verity W
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As someone who goes to quite a lot of theatre (we're talking 20+ shows a year) and managed seven Broadway shows in five days when I went to New York a few years back, this book jumped out at me when I saw it on Netgalley. It's a really interesting Oral History of Broadway - with stories from some of the best known names of the Golden Age and the people connected with them.

I really enjoyed getting some behind the scenes glimpses of the US
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.5 of 5

Anyone who has even the most rudimentary interest in the theatre will like this book. Note that this is a paperback re-issue of the book originally published in 1998.

I've longed decided that theatre people, more than any other group of people or profession, live in the past. There are always stories to tell about things gone wrong or things gone extraordinarily right, and because we're often not sure what (or when) the ne
Lisa Bentley

A potted history of the golden years on Broadway; told by those who worked the theatre life and lived to tell the tale.


There are very few things in this world that can cause a frisson of excitement to creep up my spine and make my hair stand on end. The most powerful of this small selection is the musical. There is something about them that can reduce me to the eighteen month old girl who turned to her mother whilst watching her very first stage production and said “Mummy, I want t
Jenni Schell
I loved, loved, loved this book. It had so much information that I didn't know about. I recommend this to anyone that has a love of the Theater.
Interesting book with great anecdotes but the format is a little stilted.
Maurice Wijnen
Nice backstage stories but outdated.
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