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Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time

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Finally, a book as glorious as its subject: this lush showcase for everyone who loves musicals covers the 101 most influential, popular, and enduring Broadway shows--all of which have toured the country and been performed in theatres large and small everywhere. Each listing includes expert commentary that sets the play in historical and cultural context, plus features on t ...more
Hardcover, Abridged, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Black Dog & Leventhal
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Johanna
Mar 17, 2016 Johanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a treasure! I don't agree. with all of the authors' choices and am perplexed by the omission of "Les Miserables," but this volume is packed with enough essential info about the shows to be a true resource. It also contains enough "inside scoop" and photographs to feel like a guilty pleasure. My only complaint: it's too big and heavy! I have the hardcover version and struggled mightily to hold it. I'll classify the effort as physical therapy and rate it as more than worthwhile!
Andreas
Jan 19, 2009 Andreas rated it it was amazing
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I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted this book. The old MGM and Broadway musicals belong to my more, well, unconventional hobbies. This book brings them to life in a fascinating way. It contains a huge amount of pictures and many interesting background information from the involved persons. For each of the 101 selected musicals a short summary is provided together with a list of songs.

The admiration and love is recognizable on every page and I am grateful to hold such a book in my hands.
Kelly
May 22, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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This book is magnificent! It is the perfect coffee table book.
Glenn
Jul 10, 2011 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun coffee table book. Great pictures. I disagree with some of the choices included but overall a fun read for the Broadway Musical enthusiast.
Chambers Stevens
Jul 11, 2013 Chambers Stevens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, musicals
I got this book when it first came out.
Coffee table size. The pictures are beautiful.
And the history is theatrical without be snarky.
Emily
Apr 03, 2012 Emily added it
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i've been reading this one for a while. it sits by my bed. eventually i will know everything about all shows! boo-wa-ha-ha!!!
Melissa
May 10, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing


Positively brilliant! I felt like i was in production for each show, privy to anecdotes and inside jokes.
Rory
Mar 24, 2011 Rory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book not notable for its text, but for the treasured cavalcade of photos from Broadway's illustrious history.
George Miller
Dec 26, 2014 George Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A musical lover's dream with just a few flat notes and missed steps. Where is PIPPIN?
Hazey
A 'must-have' for any fan of Broadway... be a part of it New York New York!
Sharon
Jul 29, 2011 Sharon rated it liked it
Not as good as I thought it may be. One for the fans
Noahmay
Jun 03, 2010 Noahmay rated it it was amazing
A great and informative look at Broadway. Very interesting!
Jeffrey
Oct 14, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
A theater lovers dream come true!!!! :)
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