The Routledge guide to Broadway by Ken Bloom

By Ken Bloom

The Routledge consultant to Broadway is the second one identify in our new scholar reference sequence. it is going to introduce the scholar to the Broadway theater, targeting key performers, writers, administrators, performs, and musicals, besides the theaters themselves, key awards, and the folklore of Broadway. Broadway is the heart of yank theater, the place all of the nice performs and musicals make their mark. scholars around the nation in theater historical past, functionality, and direction/production glance to Broadway for his or her thought. whereas there are illustrated espresso desk variety books on Broadway, there are few that provide a complete examine the foremost figures and productions of the final centuries. The Routledge advisor to Broadway offers this data in an easy-to-use, low-cost layout that might attract scholars, professors, and theatrical pros.

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In 1949, the Belasco became an NBC radio theater, returning to legitimate use on November 5, 1953, with The Solid Gold Cadillac followed by George Axelrod’s Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1955) with Jayne Mansfield in a leading role. The Pulitzer Prize was awarded to the Belasco’s next hit, Tad Mosel’s All the Way Home (1960). The British invasion of the sixties came to the Belasco in the form of Inadmissible Evidence (1965) and Frank Marcus’ The Killing of Sister George (1966). Al Pacino made his Broadway debut at the Belasco in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?

Lunt and Fontanne opened with The Taming of the Shrew (1935) costarring Bretaigne Windust, Richard Whorf, Le Roi Operti, and Sydney Greenstreet. The thirties ended with highlights including Behrman’s End of Summer (1936) and Ben Hecht’s To Quito and Back (1937). As fine as these productions were, the Theater Guild was losing money because of the relatively small seating capacity of the theater and the scale of the Guild’s productions. The Guild also was at the forefront of those producers willing to take chances, so many of the typical Broadway audiences weren’t ready for Guild productions.

Ill health forced the closing of the production after only four months. John Barrymore died on June 29, 1942. BARRYMORE THEATER · See ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATER. BEACH · The Beach—the concrete island separating Broadway and Seventh Avenue across the street from the Palace Theatre was the hangout for out-of-work vaudevillians in the teens and twenties. They would gather on the little island and brag about their recent bookings and hefty contracts. Usually these exploits were greatly exaggerated. The Beach even had its poet—Philip Stack, a clerk in the Brooklyn Edison Company, who wrote poems under the pseudonym Don Wahn.

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