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Poetry and Hidden Poetry

John Barton

John Barton CBE (b. London, 1928) is an English theatre director. Having studied at King's College, Cambridge, in 1953 he directed his first London production, Henry V at Westminster Theatre. In 1960 he co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company with Sir Peter Hall. There he has directed over 50 productions in total and is now an advisory director to the company. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Playing Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1984

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... in King John. Logan Pearsall Smith: On Reading Shakespeare Ian McKellen: “‘Of nature’s gifts thou mayst with lilies boast And with the half-blown rose . . .’ Bother...

After Oklahoma! (post-1943): Broadway’s Golden Age

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... that Herb and Dorothy Fields receive an equal percentage of the gross, which was not standard procedure. Director Josh Logan minimized the use of dance, but staged it with manic ingenuity. Annie Get Your Gun (1946, 1147 performances)...

Rodgers and Hammerstein, a New Beginning (1940–60): “They Couldn’t Pick a Better Time”

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... of 1936. His first book musical was Cabin in the Sky (1940, 156 performances), with libretto by playwright Lynn Root, lyrics by John LaTouche (1914–56), and the entire production staged by George Balanchine. Billed as “A Musical Play...

Sketches, Sitcoms and Scripted Comedy

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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... arrangements, while replacing Bogart with John Cleese as Basil Fawlty would no doubt mean that Sam was given a comprehensive Manuel-thewaiter-style slapping before he ever got a chance to ‘Play it Again’. At the other end of the scale from...

More Golden Age Musicals (1950s–1960s)

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... Gillette won praise singing “The Secret Service Makes Me Nervous.” But despite these assets, the show had little substance. The once-formidable director Josh Logan was on hand, but to no avail. For years he had suffered severe manic...

Career in Profile: Ethel Merman

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... that the songs were just fine. Ethel’s seeming cockiness delighted the Gershwins, who agreed to cast her. The 1930s: Merman Conquers Broadway Girl Crazy (1930, 272 performances) had a libretto by Guy Bolton and John McGowan involving...

Depression Era Miracles (1930–39): “I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan”

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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... (1929, 321 performances) started as informal Sunday concerts given by unknown performers. These talents were cast in an intimate revue presented by Dwight Deere Wiman (1895–1951), an heir to the John Deere tractor fortune. Former attorney...
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...Showbiz is John Logan’s harrowing tale of life and death in the theatre. It tells the story of the brilliant young director Julian, whose single minded determination drives those around him to personal and artistic extremes. An L.A....
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...Two boys commit a murder – not for gain, or out of passion – just to do it, just to experience the thrill. Based on the infamous 1924 trial of Leopold and Loeb, Never the Sinner is their story, and the story of one of the most famous...
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...The artist Mark Rothko has just hired Ken, an aspiring artist, to be his assistant – and errand boy. Ken discovers that Rothko’s temper can run hot; but as he gets to know his boss better, he finds that Rothko has opened him up to more than...