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Posted by: Chazwaza 12:36 am EDT 10/06/22
In reply to: re: a big thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread! - BHandshy 02:32 pm EDT 10/05/22

Sure! It's not cleaning polished but here is what I pasted into one place:

Books about a single musical:

The Impossible Show (Man of La Mancha)

Diary of a Mad Playwright (Legends)
Putting It Together (Sunday in the Park with George)
Everything Was Possible (Follies)
But He Doesn't Know the Territory (The Music Man)
The Whorehouse Papers (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
Making It Big (Big)
The Seesaw Log (Two For the Seesaw)
Song of the Spider-Man (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark)
Tell Me More, Tell Me More when (Grease)

Whorehouse Papers

"Ok! The Story of Oklahoma; A Celebration of America's Most Loved Musical" by Max Wilk.

ROCK OPERA: The Creation of Jesus Christ Superstar from Album to Broadway to Motion Picture. by Ellis Nassour.

The Making Of "Gypsy"
Pal Joey
Moose Murdered
Diary of a Mad Playwright
But Darling, I'm Your Auntie Mame !

A Chorus Line is almost it's own genre within the genre with:
On the Line
The Longest Line
A Chorus Line FAQ

Rent FAQ
Cabaret FAQ
The Sound of Music FAQ

Garson Kanin's "Smash"

Richard Bissell (author of the novel 7 & 1/2 Cents which became The Pajama Game) wrote a novel about his experiences having his book turned into a musical called "Say, Darling," which became a play of the same name with songs by Jule Styne and Comden & Green

Goldman's, The Season

Elmer Rice’s The Show Must Go On

Wonder of Wonders: Cultural History of Fiddler

There's a very early book about Fiddler, called, I think, "The Making of a Musical", done by someone who worked as Robbins' assistant and who charts the whole process of rehearsals through to world productions.

Also, not musical (but nearly...), a book about the making of the 8 and a 1/2 hour Nicholas Nickleby by (I think) Rubin, who was Trevor Nunn's assistant. It's marvellous - to see how they constructed the show, improvs first, into script ...

"Letters From an Actor" William Redfield if you love theater you absolutely must read this book and "The Making of No No Nannette" because it's the funniest thing I've ever read about the making of a musical.

Loverly: the life and times of My Fair Lady

The Making of My Fair Lady by Keith Garebian
The Making of Gypsy by Keith Garebeian
Also West Side Story and Guys & Dolls

The World Only Spins Forward — Issac Butler and Dan Kois' indispensable history of Angels in America.

In the Heights: Finding Home

Magic To Do: Pippin's Fantastic, Fraught Journey to Broadway and Beyond

Attack of the Monster Musical: A Cultural History of Little Shop of Horrors


Isenberg, TRADITION! and also Solomon, WONDER OF WONDERS (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, though the latter is more a cultural history)

there’s a FAQ on THE SOUND OF MUSIC, too, and plenty of books focused on that show

TITANIC: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE BROADWAY MUSICAL These probably lean towards your “coffee table” category (and the libretti!), but are indispensable in my view as they’re compiled by the show’s creators themselves.

They have been at least two books on Show Boat, one from the '70s by Miles Kreuger (Show Boat: the story of a classic American musical) and a more recent one by Todd Decker, Show Boat: performing race in an American musical.

There's "The Making Of No No Nanette" about the 1971 revival of that show. There's also a book about the making of Hair, but I can't remember what it's called.

And, not a musical, but "Ring Resounding," about the first complete recording of Wagner's Ring Cycle, is a fascinating read.

I believe the book about HAIR that you are talking about is called LETTING DOWN MY HAIR. I read it many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have the book on NO, NO, NANETTE which I read in college (waaaaay back then) and have been wanting to find it in my garage and reread now. I vividly remember so many details but would love to review it all again.
Link Letting Down My Hair

'The Godspell Experience: Inside a Transformative Musical' - from 2014

Son of Any Wednesday, by Any Wednesday’s author Muriel Resnick is witty, fraught, and a cheery tonic to the sadness of The Seesaw Log. Despite there having been at least 4 directors, the turmoil in this show seems to have been as effervescent as the Broadway opening was. Completely real, candid, black and white photos, the last minute firing of a principal, the apotheosis of Sandy Dennis’ Broadway star, the talent of Gene Hackman. All is fun and terse.

Moss Hart's "Act One" -- the second half details his work with George S. Kaufman as they brought "Once in a Lifetime" to Broadway.

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