Book Reviews


PAST REVIEWS

February 2014

Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater
by Eddie Shapiro

Newsies: Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit
by Ken Cerniglia

October 2013

Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre
by Ethan Mordden

March 2013

Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical
by Todd Decker

November 2012

A Ship Without a Sail: The Life of Lorenz Hart
By Gary Marmorstein

September 2012

Places, Please! Becoming a Jersey Boy
by Daniel Robert Sullivan

July 2012

Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady
by Dominic McHugh

May 2012

Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater
by Jeffrey Magee

April 2012

Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
by Frank Langella

January 2012

Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011)
with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany

by Stephen Sondheim

February 2011

To Broadway, To Life!: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick
by Philip Lambert

January 2011

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981)
with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes

by Stephen Sondheim

November, 2010

South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten
by Jim Lovensheimer

August 2010

There's Mel, There's Woody, and There's You: My Life in the Slow Lane
Bruce Kimmel

July 2010

Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers (Fourth Edition)
Steven Suskin

February 2010

Free for All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told
by Kenneth Turan and Joe Papp

The Play That Changed My Life: Americas Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them
Edited by Ben Hodges

December 2009

Remember How I Love You: Love Letters from an Extraordinary Marriage
By Jerry Orbach and Elaine Orbach with Ken Bloom

November 2009

But He Doesn't Know The Territory
And There I Stood With My Piccolo
By Meredith Willson

Forbidden Broadway: Behind the Mylar Curtain
By Gerard Alessandrini with Michael Portantiere

July 2008

Messiahs of 1933: How American Yiddish Theatre Survived Adversity Through Satire
By Joel Schechter

June 2008

Mary Martin, Broadway Legend
By Ronald L. Davis

May 2008

Shirley Booth: A Biography and Career Record
By David C. Tucker

April 2008

A Moon for the Misbegotten on the American Stage: A History of the Major Productions
By Laura Shea

December 2007

Ethel Merman: A Life
Brass Diva: The Life and Legends of Ethel Merman

By Caryl Flinn

September 2007

Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life
By Dominic Dromgoole

May 2007

Include Me Out
By Farley Granger and Robert Calhoun

April 2007

Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays
Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold

March 2007

Strike Up the Band: A New History of Musical Theatre
by Scott Miller

February 2007

The Musical as Drama
by Scott McMillin

December 2006

The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity
by Raymond Knapp

Stop the Show! A History of Insane Incidents and Absurd Accidents in the Theater
by Brad Schreiber

November 2006

The Alchemy of Theatre - The Divine Science:
Essays on Theatre and the Art of Collaboration

by Robert Viagas

September 2006

The Richard Rodgers Reader
by Geoffrey Block

Times Steps: My Musical Comedy Life
by Donna McKechnie with Greg Lawrence

I Could Have Sung All Night
by Marni Nixon with Stephen Cole

August 2006

Words With Music: Creating the Broadway Musical Libretto
by Lehman Engel; Updated and Revised by Howard Kissel

June 2006

Moss Hart: A Prince of the Theatre
by Jared Brown

Female Brando: The Legend of Kim Stanley
by Jon Krampner

May 2006

The Performing Set: The Broadway Designs
of William And Jean Eckart

by Andrew B. Harris

April 2006

Writing Musical Theater
by Allen Cohen and Steven L. Rosenhaus

March 2006

Flower Drum Songs: The Story of Two Musicals
by David H. Lewis

February 2006

Present at the Creation
by Stuart Ostrow

Second Act Trouble: Behind the Scenes at Broadway’s Big Musical Bombs
by Steven Suskin

Without You
by Anthony Rapp

January 2006

The American Songbook: The Singers, The Songwriters & The Songs
by Ken Bloom

The Art of the American Musical: Conversations with the Creators
Jackson R. Bryer and Richard Allan Davison, Editors

November 205

Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor
Michael Kostroff

October 2005

A Fine Romance: The Magic. The Mayhem. The Musicals.
by Darcie Denkert

How Sondheim Found His Sound
by Steve Swayne

September 2005

Singing a New Tune: The Rebirth of the Modern Film Musical from Evita to De-Lovely and Beyond
by John Kenneth Muir

August 2005

John Simon on Theater: Criticism 1974-2003
by John Simon

June 2005

Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre - Expanded Edition
Harold Prince

The Tricky Part
by Martin Moran

May 2005

Gentleman Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality, and Mid-Twentieth Century Drama
by Michael Paller

April 2005

The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity
Raymond Knapp

Look to the Lady: Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench on the Shakespearean Stage
Russ McDonald

Sing for Your Supper
by Ethan Mordden

February 2005

The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical
by Mark N. Grant

October 2004

Jerry Herman: Poet of the Showtune
by Stephen Citron

Through the Screen Door: What Happened to the Broadway Musical When It Went to Hollywood
Thomas S. Hischak

Septebmer 2004

The Happiest Corpse I've Ever Seen
by Ethan Mordden

April 2004

The Complete Lyrics of Frank Loesser
by Robert Kimball, Steve Nelson

The Complete Lyrics of P.G. Wodehouse
by Barry Day

Enchanted Evenings
Geoffrey Block

Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical
Andrea Most

Shakespeare's Songbook
by Ross. W. Duffin

Take Ten II: More Ten-Minute Plays
Eric Lane and Nina Shengold, Editors

November 2003

Colored Lights Forty Years of Words and Music, Show Biz, Collaboration, and All That Jazz
by Greg Lawrence

Design for Living: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
by Margot Peters

Enter the Players
Thomas S. Hischak

Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies
Ted Chapin

Jerry Herman: The Lyrics
by Jerry Herman & Ken Bloom