The Routledge Guide to Broadway

Author: Ken Bloom

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Category: Music

Page: 288

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The Routledge Guide to Broadway is the second title in our new student reference series. It will introduce the student to the Broadway theater, focusing on key performers, writers, directors, plays, and musicals, along with the theaters themselves, key awards, and the folklore of Broadway. Broadway is the center of American theater, where all the great plays and musicals make their mark. Students across the country in theater history, performance, and direction/production look to Broadway for their inspiration. While there are illustrated coffee table type books on Broadway, there are few that offer a comprehensive look at the key figures and productions of the last two centuries. The Routledge Guide to Broadway offers this information in an easy-to-use, inexpensive format that will appeal to students, professors, and theatrical professionals.

Summer Day's Dream

Author: J. B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books


Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 127

"I spent more than half my life, when I ought to have been enjoying myself, arguing and planning and running around like a maniac, all to sell a lot of things to people I didn't know, so that I could buy a lot of things that I didn't have time to use. Sheer lunacy. And it took nothing less than an atom bomb to blow me out of it.” Following a devastating nuclear war which has seen Britain bombed back into the pre-industrial past, Stephen Dawlish and his family live a quiet rural life. Until their quiet, agrarian existence is disrupted by the appearance of three representatives of the New World Order – an American, a Russian and an Indian – who have devastating plans that will end their new peaceful way of life forever...


Author: Paulos Milkias

Publisher: ABC-CLIO


Category: History

Page: 544

View: 457

This book is the most complete, accessible, and up-to-date resource for Ethiopian geography, history, politics, economics, society, culture, and education, with coverage from ancient times to the present. * Sidebars provide brief encapsulations of topics relevant to Ethiopian history, society, and culture * Figures and tables summarize statistics quoted in the text, offering up-to-date data on the economy of the country and other aspects of Ethiopian life * A reference section provides extensive information such as addresses, telephone numbers, and websites of major institutions and businesses and economic, cultural, educational, exchange, government, and tourist bureaus * An annotated bibliography facilitates in-depth research

Played in Britain

Modern Theatre in 100 Plays

Author: Kate Dorney

Publisher: A&C Black


Category: Drama

Page: 224

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Published in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Musuem, Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays explores the best and most influential plays from 1945 to date. Fully illustrated with photos from the V&A's collections and featuring a foreword by Richard Griffiths O.B.E., the book provides a sumptuous treat for theatre-lovers. It was awarded the 2014 David Bradby Award for research by the Theatre and Performance Research Association. Opening with J. B. Priestley's classic play from 1946, An Inspector Calls, and ending with Laura Wade's examination of class privilege and moral turpitude in Posh over sixty years later, Played in Britain offers a visual history of post-war theatre on the British stage. Arranged chronologically the featured plays illustrate and respond to a number of themes that animate post-war society: censorship and controversy; race and immigration; gender and sexuality; money and politics. An essay on each period first sets the context and explores trends, while the commentary accompanying each play illuminates the plot and themes, considers its original reception and subsequent afterlife, and finishes by suggesting other plays to explore. Photographs from the V&A's extensive collection illustrate each play, providing further insight into stage and costume designs, and include iconic images from the premieres of major plays such as Waiting for Godot and Look Back in Anger. Illustrated throughout with stage production photography, Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays presents a unique and visually stunning panorama of key dramatic works produced in Britain over the past seventy years. From An Inspector Calls to The Rocky Horror Show, or Abigail's Party to Waiting for Godot, fresh light is thrown on the impact, aesthetics and essence of these key plays.

Spectator at the Theatre

Author: Sheridan Morley

Publisher: Oberon Books Limited


Category: Drama

Page: 232

View: 989

The theatrical 1990's: decade of David Hare's State of the Nation trilogy, Tony Kushner's Angels in America and Arthur Miller's Broken Glass; a decade in which Broadway rediscovered itself after a twenty-year British invasion and Andrew Lloyd Webber bought twelve West End theatres; when Mark Rylance opened Shakespeare's Globe and Trevor Nunn replaced Richard Eyre at the National Theatre. In this collection of Spectator reviews written in London and New York, Sheridan Morley looks back at the hits and misses, highlights and fiascos of the 1990's in the theatre. The book also contains a brief chronicle of his directorial debut with Corin and Vanessa Redgrave.