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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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Book Review: Why Theatre Matters: Urban Youth, Engagement, and a Pedagogy of the Real

November 11th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

Why Theatre Matters: Urban Youth, Engagement, and a Pedagogy of the Real Kathleen Gallagher Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-442-62694-2 320 pp.   The mere title of Kathleen Gallagher’s new book, Why Theatre Matters, impelled me to read it immediately. Gallagher, who is not a theatre practitioner herself, but a pedagogic and […]

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Book Review: Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows

November 11th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows John Lahr New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co., 2015 ISBN 9780393246407 592 pp.     This engaging collection of profiles and reviews written by John Lahr for The New Yorker during the past twenty years will indeed be a joy ride for those interested in theatre and, […]

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TLA Annouces 2014 Book Award Winners!

September 15th, 2015 | Awards, Book Awards, Book/Media Reviews

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 2014.   The 2014 George Freedley Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance will be awarded to Arnold Aronson for Ming Cho Lee: […]

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Book Review: The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin

June 18th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin Ala Zuskin Perelman Syracuse, NY:  Syracuse University Press, 2015 ISBN: 9780815610502 320 pp.   The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin, part of the series Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music and Art, is an account of the artistic and personal life of one of the stars of the Moscow State Jewish Theatre. Benjamin […]

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Book Review: The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte

June 18th, 2015 | Book/Media Reviews

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’arte Judith Chaffee and Olly Crick, editors London and NY: Routledge, 2014 ISBN: 9780415745062 540 pp.   Commedia dell’arte was born in Italy almost certainly as a result of influences from the ancient Roman comic theatre, borrowing archetypal characters from its traditions while emphasizing improvisation as its style.  Commedia actors […]

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