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Book Review: Experiencing Stanislavsky Today

April 2nd, 2017 | Book/Media Reviews

Experiencing Stanislavsky Today Stephanie Daventry French and Philip G. Bennet. London: Routledge, 2016 ISBN 978-0415693950   In Experiencing Stanislavsky Today, authors Stephanie Daventry French and Philip G. Bennett introduce new performers to the tenets and practices of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s highly influential System of acting.  The authors have coupled an expert understanding of Stanislavsky’s life and […]

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Book Review: Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words

March 2nd, 2017 | Book/Media Reviews

Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago: In Their Own Words. By John Mayer. New York: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2016. ISBN 978-1-4742-3945-5.   The Steppenwolf Theatre Company mostly tells its own extraordinary story in John Mayer’s engaging book examining the methods, history, and overall mission of the company which, among other things, has created a much-imitated dynamic ensemble […]

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TLA Celebrates Book Awards Winners in New York

December 8th, 2016 | Awards, Book Awards, Book/Media Reviews, Events

Hello TLA Members and Friends! TLA had a busy Fall, with some wonderful events in New York, including the annual Book Awards ceremony, which was held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on October 14th. We began the evening with some mingling and refreshments (including snacks generously donated by Grandaisy Bakery). […]

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Book Review: Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin

November 15th, 2016 | Book/Media Reviews

Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin David Kaufman New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2016 ISBN 978-1250031754 420 pp.   David Kaufman brings readers a lively new journey through the career and personal life of an iconic star who enchanted audiences for decades both on stage and via the small […]

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Theatre Library Association Announces 2015 Book Award Winners!

August 21st, 2016 | Book Awards, Book/Media Reviews, Events

The Theatre Library Association is proud to announce the TLA Book Award winners for English language works of scholarship on theatre, film, and broadcasting, published in 2015. The 2015 George Freedley Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance will be awarded to Terry Alford for Fortune’s Fool: The […]

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Book Review: Then and Now, a Memoir

August 8th, 2016 | Book/Media Reviews

Then and Now: a Memoir Barbara Cook with Tom Santopietro New York, NY: Harper, 2016 ISBN 978-0062090461 256 p.   The word “legend” is applied with casual abandon these days.  A recent New York Times ad hailed Idina Menzel as a “legend” with all of two Broadway shows under her belt.  Taking nothing away from […]

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Book Review: A Girl’s Got to Breathe: The Life of Teresa Wright

July 11th, 2016 | Book/Media Reviews

A Girl’s Got to Breathe: The Life of Teresa Wright Donald Spoto Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2016 ISBN 978-1628460452 263 p. Movie and Broadway stars come in all sizes and shapes.  A rare few excel both on screen and the live stage, all of which makes the strange case of Teresa Wright (1918-2005) […]

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Book Review: The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built

June 8th, 2016 | Book/Media Reviews

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built. Jack Viertel New York, NY: Sarah Crichton Books, 2016 ISBN 978-0374256920 336 p. Even long-time Shubert Alley denizens will be entertained and enlightened by veteran producer/dramaturge Viertel’s keen yet charming explication and analysis of the inner workings of a typical Broadway musical. The […]

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LAST CALL FOR 2015 TLA BOOK AWARD NOMINATIONS

February 19th, 2016 | Book Awards, Book/Media Reviews, Publications

Hello from the TLA Book Awards Committee! For the past several months we’ve been receiving nominations and submissions for the TLA Book Awards, honoring English language works of scholarship on theatre, film, and broadcasting, published in 2015. We’ve also been busily dispatching the submitted books to our jurors, who’ve already started the review process. But […]

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Book Review: Master of Ceremonies, a Memoir

February 17th, 2016 | Book/Media Reviews

Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir Joel Grey, with Rebecca Paley New York, NY: Flatiron Books, 2016 ISBN 978-1250057235 256 pp. In this outstanding autobiography, the Tony- and Academy Award-winning actor shares his eventful life on the stage and beyond. His slow but steady road to stardom is engagingly described, including candid discussion of his equally […]

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