á Read è Show and Tell by Ken Bloom ☆ Did You Know That Frank Sinatra Was Nearly Considered For The original Production Of Fiddler On The Roof Or That Jerome Robbins Never Choreographed The Famous Dance At The Gym In West Side Story Or That Lin Manuel Miranda Called Out An Audience Member On Twitter For Texting During A Performance Of Hamilton The Perpetrator Was Madonna In Show and Tell The New Book Of Broadway Anecdotes, Broadway Aficionado In Chief Ken Bloom Takes Us On A Spirited Spin Through Some Of The Most Intriguing Factoids In Show Business, Offering Up An Unconventional History Of The Theatre In All Its Idiosyncratic Glory From The Cantankerous Retorts Of George Abbott To The Literally Show Stopping Antics Of Katharine Hepburn, You Ll Learn About The Adventures And Star Turns Of Some Of The Broadway S Biggest Personalities, And Discover Little Known Tidbits About Beloved Plays And Musicals From The Black Crook To Beautiful
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thank you Netgalley and Oxford University Press Confusingly organized and poorly edited, this collection of theater anecdotes is sometimes fun but mostly useless It s often hard to tell where one story ends and the next begins because the tales are so innocuous and dull I found myself asking, Wait, was that it or What was the point of that Also, the subtitle should really be Memories from Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller, since basically every other page is about one of them If you have any idea who those two semi stars are, this may be a fun read.
Organized alphabetically by person, this is an old style compilation of gossip column zingers, centered on the golden age of Broadway theater there are some contemporary stories, but most of this is background on the Man Who Came to Dinner and jokes from Auntie Mame s theater phase.
This book was a gift from my daughter While I am grateful for the gift, the book was a disappointment It is badly organized and poorly edited Many anecdotes without the context to help add to the enjoyment.