On the Line

The Creation of A Chorus Line
Author: Robert Viagas,Baayork Lee,Thommie Walsh
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780879103361
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 376
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(Limelight). A Chorus Line , the biggest Broadway hit of its generation, is returning to Times Square in a major fall 2006 revival. The show is based on a remarkable series of taped discussions made in the mid 1970s with some of the top "gypsies" (veteran Broadway dancers), many of whom went on to play characters based on themselves in the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical. In many ways, On the Line: The Creation of "A Chorus Line" is a continuation of the show itself. In this collective oral history, the 19 original cast members tell how they got involved with the project, how they labored through the months of workshops that shaped it, and what its success has meant for their lives and careers. They paint intimate and frank portraits of co-creators Michael Bennett, Joseph Papp, Ed Kleban and each other. Originally published in 1990, the book has been updated to continue telling their stories over the past 16 years. Wayne Cilento ("I Can Do That") has become a Tony-winning choreographer of shows like Wicked and Aida ; Kelly Bishop ("Can the adults smoke?") has become a TV star; Trish Garland has become a California fitness guru, and so forth.

A Chorus Line FAQ

All That's Left to Know About Broadway's Singular Sensation
Author: Tom Rowan
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1495046028
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 512
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(FAQ). The ultimate treasure trove of information, A Chorus Line FAQ presents history and fun facts, including: the unique workshop process through which the show was developed and written, the stories of its creators, the record-breaking Broadway run and numerous touring productions, and the captivating movie version. The book also features all-new chapters on the Broadway revival, the two London productions, and notable regional productions around the country. In addition to a chapter on A Chorus Line cultural history with a guide to all the pop cultural references in the show the book includes extensive photos as well as biographical information on the casts of the major productions. There are also chapters on recordings, previous books on the topic, and the landmark show's influence on subsequent Broadway musicals and films.

A Chorus Line


Author: Edward Kleban, James Kirkwood, Michael Bennett, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch, Frank Rich, Samuel G. Freedman,James Kirkwood,Michael Bennett,Nicholas Dante,Edward Kleban
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1617746185
Category: Performing Arts
Page: N.A
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(Applause Books). It is hard to believe that over 25 years have passed since A Chorus Line first electrified a New York audience. The memories of the show's birth in 1975, not to mention those of its 15-year-life and poignant death, remain incandescent and not just because nothing so exciting has happened to the American musical since. For a generation of theater people and theatergoers, A Chorus Line was and is the touchstone that defines the glittering promise, more often realized in lengend than in reality, of the Broadway way. This impressive book contains the complete book and lyrics of one of the longest running shows in Broadway history with a preface by Samuel Freedman, an introduction by Frank Rich and lots of photos from the stage production.

A Study Guide for Michael Bennett's "A Chorus Line"


Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1410392554
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 21
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A Study Guide for Michael Bennett's "Chorus Line, A", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama for Students for all of your research needs.

A Chorus Line - Updated Edition (Songbook)

Vocal Selections
Author: N.A
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1458489841
Category: Music
Page: 80
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(Vocal Selections). One of the longest running shows on Broadway, A Chorus Line won nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Our updated songbook features vocal lines with piano accompaniment for ten songs: At the Ballet * Dance: Ten; Looks: Three * I Can Do That * I Hope I Get It * One * What I Did for Love * more.

What I Did For Love (From A Chorus Line) Sheet Music


Author: N.A
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1495043541
Category: Music
Page: 8
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(Piano Vocal). This sheet music features an arrangement for piano and voice with guitar chord frames, with the melody presented in the right hand of the piano part, as well as in the vocal line.

Actors and Onlookers

Theater and Twentieth-century Scientific Views of Nature
Author: Natalie Crohn Schmitt
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810108363
Category: Drama
Page: 163
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Looks at the scientific basis for theories of drama, and explains how Cage's ideas have affected modern theater.

The best musicals from Show boat to A chorus line

Broadway, off Broadway, London
Author: Arthur Jackson
Publisher: Crown Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
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Plot summaries of principal productions accompany over one hundred fifty photographs that capture the glitter and glamour of Show Boat, South Pacific, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Carmelina, and other hit musicals

The Cambridge Companion to the Musical


Author: Nicholas Everett
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521796392
Category: Music
Page: 310
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The Cambridge Companion to the Musical provides an accessible introduction to one of the liveliest and most popular forms of musical performance. Written by a team of specialists in the field of musical theatre especially for students and theatregoers, it offers a guide to the history and development of the musical in England and America (including coverage of New York s Broadway and London s West End traditions). Starting with the early history of the musical, the volume comes right up to date and examines the latest works and innovations, and includes information on the singers, audience and critical reception, and traditions. There is fresh coverage of the American musical theatre in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the British musical theatre in the middle of the twentieth century, and the rock musical. The Companion contains an extensive bibliography and photos from key productions.

Maxfield Parrish

Early & New Poems
Author: Eileen Myles
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
ISBN: 9780876859742
Category: Poetry
Page: 229
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Features American painter and illustrator Maxfield Frederick Parrish (1870-1966), provided by Carol L. Gerten. Includes images and descriptions of some of his works and provides access to a biographical sketch.

Hollywood Musicals Year by Year


Author: Stanley Green
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780634007651
Category: Music
Page: 392
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A chronologically arranged reference book on the Hollywood musical, with each entry including pertinent facts about a film and a brief essay about the plot and production. Includes hundreds of black & white stills.

The Great White Way

Race and the Broadway Musical
Author: Warren Hoffman
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813571308
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 256
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Broadway musicals are one of America’s most beloved art forms and play to millions of people each year. But what do these shows, which are often thought to be just frothy entertainment, really have to say about our country and who we are as a nation? The Great White Way is the first book to reveal the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat (1927) to The Scottsboro Boys (2011). Musicals mirror their time periods and reflect the political and social issues of their day. Warren Hoffman investigates the thematic content of the Broadway musical and considers how musicals work on a structural level, allowing them to simultaneously present and hide their racial agendas in plain view of their audiences. While the musical is informed by the cultural contributions of African Americans and Jewish immigrants, Hoffman argues that ultimately the history of the American musical is the history of white identity in the United States. Presented chronologically, The Great White Way shows how perceptions of race altered over time and how musicals dealt with those changes. Hoffman focuses first on shows leading up to and comprising the Golden Age of Broadway (1927–1960s), then turns his attention to the revivals and nostalgic vehicles that defined the final quarter of the twentieth century. He offers entirely new and surprising takes on shows from the American musical canon—Show Boat (1927), Oklahoma! (1943), Annie Get Your Gun (1946), The Music Man (1957), West Side Story (1957), A Chorus Line (1975), and 42nd Street (1980), among others. New archival research on the creators who produced and wrote these shows, including Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, and Edward Kleban, will have theater fans and scholars rethinking forever how they view this popular American entertainment.

Changed for Good

A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical
Author: Stacy Wolf
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199831238
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
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From Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" to Nina in "In the Heights" and Elphaba in "Wicked," female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre - performers, creators, and characters -- from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. Moving from decade to decade, Wolf first highlights the assumptions that circulated about gender and sexuality at the time. She then looks at the leading musicals to stress the key aspects of the plays as they relate to women, and often finds overlooked moments of empowerment for female audience members. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon--"West Side Story," "Cabaret," "A Chorus Line," "Phantom of the Opera," and many others--with special emphasis on the blockbuster "Wicked." Along the way, Wolf demonstrates how the musical since the mid-1940s has actually been dominated by women--women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.

José, Can You See?

Latinos on and Off Broadway
Author: Alberto Sandoval-Sánchez
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299162047
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 275
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"In-depth study of Latino representations and images in theater deconstructs ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual stereotypes ingrained in dominant American ideologies. Also recognizes Latino contributions to the stage"--Handbook of Latin American Studies,v. 58.

The Alchemy of Theatre - The Divine Science

Essays on Theatre and the Art of Collaboration
Author: Robert Viagas
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 147684948X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 288
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(Applause Books). Featuring 28 of the top talents on Broadway! The Alchemy of Theatre lets the top talents in every theatrical field, from producing and writing to publicity and makeup, share their hard-earned wisdom. They speak on how to achieve success in an environment where giant egos are locked up together under mounting financial and emotional pressure, and are expected to deliver greatness. In short, this book is a how-to manual of collaboration by the professionals who do it best. Among those who have packed their lively essays with real-world stories of experience on legendary productions are directors Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, and George C. Wolfe; playwrights Wendy Wasserstein, recently deceased, and Edward Albee; stars Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell; set designer Robin Wagner; songwriter Cy Coleman, in one of his last writing efforts before his death; costume designer William Ivey Long; producer Rocco Landesman; theatre operator Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of The Shubert Organization; playwright and librettist Terrence McNally; lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer; Musical Director Paul Gemignani; and more than a dozen more. This book is nothing but true-life stories of how these precepts work in real life for some of the most talented people alive. "Every narrative gives an inside look at what makes theater magical and allows a performance to come together. For those who love the theater, this book is essential." Library Journal

Anything Goes

A History of American Musical Theatre
Author: Ethan Mordden
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199892830
Category: History
Page: 346
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Offers a history of American musical theater from the 1920s through to the 1970s, and includes such famous works as "Oklahoma!," "The Red Mill," and "Porgy and Bess."