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The New Book of Opera Anecdotes

Entertaining, if esoteric at times. Opera fans, longtime and neophyte alike, will appreciate having an exciting tale or two to trot out while waiting on line at the bar during intermission.


On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide

A must for Streisand fans seeking a closer look at her enduring career, and a useful addition to performing arts collections.

All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Theatergoers may be interested in the competition between Chicago and A Chorus Line for Tony Awards in the late 1970s, but fans of "Cell Block Tango" and other songs should instead replay scores of the stage or film adaptations.

When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Mordden is an informative and entertaining musical history tour guide, and this latest work is further validation of his stature.

On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Essential reading for lovers of Sondheim or musical theater.

Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya

While light on purely personal details (Lenya’s fourth marriage is given only one sentence, and there is little explanation of why Weill tolerated his wife’s many extramarital affairs), the book offers thorough analysis of Weill’s musical style, Lenya’s personal magnetism, and the creative environment in which they lived. Academic readers will appreciate the excellent annotated back matter, which includes a discography, list of sources, and further reading suggestions. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/12].

The Guest List

This is a great book both for those who love reading about New York as the capital of sophistication and for those who are fans of American arts and letters during the first half of the 20th century.

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