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Broadway Theatre (Theatre Production Studies)

Harris, Andrew B.

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ISBN 10: 0415060397 / ISBN 13: 9780415060394
Published by Routledge, 1994
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Title: Broadway Theatre (Theatre Production Studies...

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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"Broadway" has been the stuff of theatrical legends for generations. In this account of a theatrical phenomenon, Andrew Harris examines both the reality and the myth behind the heart and soul of American drama. "Broadway Theatre" explores: the aims and achievements of such major figures as Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill and David Mamet; the processes a play goes through - from preliminary draft to opening night; the careful balancing between aesthetic ideals and commercial considerations; the place of producers, reviewers, agents and managers and their contribution to the process; the relationship between acting styles and writing syles for Broadway plays.

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Examining the rich history of Broadway theater certainly is not a new topic, but Harris, who teaches theater at Texas Christian University, successfully synthesizes decades of writings on the subject to prove a worthy point: the art of theater and the business of theater always have been and always will be in conflict. That said, many live dramas, which surely altered the way America saw itself and made a lot of money, blossomed from this fundamental contradiction. On the flip side of the same coin, the American musical, Harris believes, is "rank commercialism," born from business having had the upper hand. After a fast-paced, highly selective look at the roots of American theater, Harris takes readers through the lives--from inception through opening night--of six carefully chosen Broadway plays, including You Can't Take It with You , Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and, in an especially moving examination, Death of a Salesman . It is truly a unique journey, in which the reader comes to see how art and commerce can weave mysterious magic when carefully applied to one craft. At times the text reads too much like a dissertation, which might frustrate the general interest reader, but those who read beyond that will find themselves at once a history student, a fly on dressing room walls and a witness to the multitude of forces that lead to an opening night.
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