Broadway Theatres: History and Architecture

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A wealth of historical data about 74 of Manhattan's great theatrical houses. Extensive, detailed captions document location, architects, opening date, other data for the Fifth Avenue Theatre (1873), the Hippodrome (1905), the Music Box Theatre (1921), as well as the New Amsterdam, Winter Garden, Ziegfeld, more. Over 200 photos and illustrations.

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From Herald Square to Columbus Circle, the potent combination of New York City's soaring population, the introduction of mass transit, and the rise of popular, inexpensive entertainment helped create what is today known around the world as Broadway. Morrison chronicles 74 theaters built between the late 1800s and the 1930s, focusing on the architects and impresarios behind the scenes who set the standards for modern theater architecture and presentation. The profiles are short, informal, and concise, giving key historical facts, architectural details, and notable productions. The copious black-and-white photos are mainly archival, though a few show current interiors. Considering the landmark status of many of the existing interiors and several dazzling recent renovations, a color photo section would have been welcome. Nonetheless, the photographs and text together add up to an informative overview of the changing fortunes of the theater industry. This book is a worthy look at a significant part of New York's history and--with more than 30 playhouses still standing--its importance today. For large architecture and performing arts collections as well as regional libraries.--Kevin Henegan, "Library Journal" Mouilleron, V?ronique Rouchon (text) & Daniel Faure (photogs.). V?zelay: The Great Romanesque Church.
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