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Historic Photos of Broadway: New York Theater: 1850-1970 (Historic Photos.)

Jacobs, Leonard

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ISBN 10: 159652362X / ISBN 13: 9781596523623
Published by Turner Pub Co
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Title: Historic Photos of Broadway: New York ...

Publisher: Turner Pub Co

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Like New

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With 240 carefully selected photographs and memorabilia from the New York Public Library's acclaimed Billy Rose Theatre Collection Historic Photos of Broadway: New York Theater 1850 1970 celebrates the Great White Way, the undisputed pinnacle of success and achievement on the American stage. This beautiful coffee table book begins before the Civil War Historic Photos conjures up a time when Times Square was farmland when New York's theater district crisscrossed lower Manhattan. The volume is packed with photographs of truly incandescent actors: from the great Sarah Bernhardt and Broadway's indomitable cheerleader, George M. Cohan to the Barrymores and Zero Mostel. In addition to unusual streetscapes, and interior and exterior portraits of many of the most beautiful Broadway houses over the years, dynamic performers of the 1900s, 1910s, and 1920s are represented. Also represented are the plays of Eugene O'Neill and George Bernard Shaw, and the musicals of George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and the tres chic Cole Porter. Historic Photos of Broadway: New York Theater 1850 1970 is booming with the plays of Lillian Hellman, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams whose Streetcar Named Desire brought Marlon Brando to world attention and theatergoers to their feet. Finally, the American musical theater reaches its zenith with Oklahoma!; Carousel; Guys and Dolls; Wonderful Town; West Side Story; Hello, Dolly!; Fiddler on the Roof; and many more. This marvelous book will delight theatergoers of all ages.

2008 ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist for Photography


Leonard Jacobs should be given a preservation and presentation award for this beautiful and moving book. I was touched by these photos, and the corresponding text of Broadway in a bygone era and glad someone cared enough to bring that spirit back to life. Historic Photos is more, though, than a sentimental journey in a gorgeous coffee table book. And it's more than a history of some of Broadway's first century. It captures the soul of so many people who went before us, many whose performances are no longer even a memory to anyone living. Here they are frozen in time, yet brought forth into a new century in a way that makes them seem not so far removed. This book will be a blessing to all the theatre lovers on your holiday shopping list. I highly recommend it. --Retta Blaney,

There's something unbeatably alluring about great black and white photos. If you don't believe me, take a look at Turner Publishing Company's handsome new illustrated history of the New York Theater from 1850 to 1970. Here's one book you can safely judge by its cover. Make that plural, for both its front and back cover feature images from the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts. And in between those covers, there's a feast of handsomely reproduced photographs of great theatrical venues (too many of them gone from our the cityscape), along with the plays and musicals seen on their stages, and the thespians bringing them to life. With each season bringing its share of revivals of classic plays, theater buffs will be especially interested in seeing the original cast members of shows such as Waiting for Godot, Man for All Seasons, South Pacific and Pal Joey. And while most readers will have to jump to at least the 1960s for their Oh, yea, I saw that production moments, with this volume they can at least take an armchair journey back to the times they missed. -- Elyse Sommer, A Curtain Up Review
Beginning with a portrait of Junius Brutus Booth and his young son Edwin and ending with a shot of the naked cast from the original production of Hair, this book is filled with rarely seen photos, all drawn from the Billy Rose collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The one of a young and very sexy Arthur Miller suggests that Marilyn Monroe was turned on by more than just his mind and is, all by itself, worth the price of the volume. -- broadwayandme.blogspot

The new book boasts 240 photographs culled by Jacobs — who also penned the text of the hardback — from the Billy Rose Theatre Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Expect images of the Booths, the Barrymores, the Lunts, Ethel Merman, Marlon Brando, Carol Channing and such theatres as the Lyceum, the Winter Garden and the Music Box. Leonard Jacobs was formerly the National Theatre Editor of Back Stage and is currently the first-string critic for the New York Press and author of the blog The Clyde Fitch Report. He is a Tony voter and a member of the Drama Desk and American Theatre Critics Association, chairs the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, adjudicates scripts for the New York International Fringe Festival and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and teaches at the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill. --Playbill

I’m sure that anyone connected with the theatre will have similar responses to many of the stories and images shown in this amazing, remarkable and hard-to-put-down book. To quote Mr. Jacobs - “It’s ogle-worthy!” --Talk Entertainment, Oscar E. Moore

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