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978-1-57488-596-5 / 9781574885965

Broadway's Most Wanted(TM): The Top 10 Book of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts

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Publisher:Potomac Books Inc.

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Its not just a street anymoreits a genre of its own, and its celebrated in Tom Sheas Broadways Most Wanted": The Top 10 Book of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts. Part of Potomac's popular Most Wanted" series, Broadways Most Wanted" sings the praises of musical theater with a dash of whimsy thrown in. Shea honors those who have made musical theater what it is todaythe good, the bad, and the ugly. Oh, the ugly! When a show hits gold, the worlds a wonderful place, but a bomb is just as precious and enjoyable in its own perverse way. With more than forty top-ten lists packed full of fun and facts, Shea shows you the bestand worstthat Broadway, off-Broadway, and the rest of the musical theater has to offer.

So while you learn about the amazing people behind the hit Bye Bye Birdie, including the incomparable Chita Rivera, youll also read about the ill-fated and laughable Bring Back Birdie, which quickly indicated why Broadway doesnt do sequels (especially twenty years after the original). While chuckling over how Jimmy Durante and Ethel Merman bickered over top billing for 1936s Red, Hot, and Bluewith the comical result of their names being written diagonally, crossing in an Xyoull also find praise for Paul Ford, Stephen Sondheims rehearsal pianist, who helps the legendary composer bring his music to life. Musicals run the gamut of topics, and Shea waxes melodic on political, western, rock and roll, and comic-book musicals, plus so much more. They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway; Tom Shea shines just as brightly with Broadways Most Wanted": The Top 10 Book of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts.

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