Broadway, the Golden Years is a wonderfully readable group portrait, or series of biographies as well as historical overview, of the great Broadway choreographers, from the World War II era to our own time: Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Tommy Tune, Graciela Daniele, Susan Stroman, and others. The hits generated by two generations of choreographer-directors define the Broadway stage—and popular culture—of our time: Oklahoma!; Brigadoon; On the Town; Damn Yankees; West Side Story; Gypsy; How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Hello, Dolly!; Fiddler on the Roof; A Chorus Line; Dancin'; Dream Girls; My One and Only; The Pirates of Penzance; The Producers, and many others. This book is thoroughly researched. Robert Emmet Long conducted dozens of interviews with his subjects themselves as well as those who worked with them (especially true of the late Jerome Robbins, who personally arranged a number of interviews with colleagues). Long secured the cooperation of artists who do not typically give interviews. He attended rehearsals and full-dress performances. In short, as much as history, this book is also a colorful behind-the-scenes show-business story. Broadway, the Golden Years includes 15 pictures, both portraits and shots of productions and the choreographer-directors at work. It will appeal to the millions among us who can't get a Broadway-dance tune out of our heads, or who want to know more about a favorite production.
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Robert Emmet Long is a recognized critic of American and British literature, and a commentator on the performing arts. He is author or editor of some 30 books and he has contributed over 400 articles to many journals and magazines, including The Nation, Commonweal, and Saturday Review.From Publishers Weekly:
A literature critic, commentator on the performing arts, author of hundreds of magazine articles (in the Nation, Saturday Review, etc.) and author or editor of 30 books on subjects like Hawthorne, Fitzgerald, Thurber and the films of Merchant and Ivory, Long certainly has the credentials for this latest project. But his tenure as a New York drama critic (North American Review) cinches the deal. In this colorful history of the Great White Way, he deftly traces the Broadway musical's evolution from WWII to the present, covering such hits as A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The Pirates of Penzance and The Producers. Long documents the fancy footwork of Broadway's great choreographer-directors Agnes de Mille (Oklahoma!), Bob Fosse (Cabaret), Gower Champion (42nd Street), Michael Bennett (Dreamgirls) and Tommy Tune (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). While these major talents receive full chapter profiles, Jerome Robbins takes center stage in a 100-page portrait packed with fascinating anecdotes: he turned A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum from flop to hit; his 1943 collaboration with Leonard Bernstein on the innovative Fancy Free ballet evolved into Broadway's On the Town. It might even be said that Robbins choreographed this book, arranging for his associates to be interviewed by Long, and making available the coveted rehearsal tapes. A chapter on Broadway today brings down the curtain on this marvelously entertaining and exuberant critical history. 15 b&w photos. (Dec.)Forecast: This fine book will be greeted with applause by the many Broadway buffs, show-tune collectors and musical mavens. Booksellers would do well to display it alongside Greg Lawrence's Dance with Demons: The Life of Jerome Robbins (Forecasts, Apr. 30).
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