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  • Author:
    Frank Vlastnik,Ken Bloom
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    Black Dog & Leventhal; Revised, Updated edition (October 27, 2010)
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Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Some readers moaned about certain shows being omitted from this "greatest of all time" list.

Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original casts of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad. He lives in New York City. Hardcover: 344 pages. But the authors state their criteria up front and admit that some really great shows will not make their list for this-and-that reason, but that it doesn't mean they don't hold those shows in high regard. But this "greatest" list, or ANYONE'S "greatest" list for that matter, is not an absolute measurement.

Broadway Musicals, Revised and Updated: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time. Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom are the co-authors of Sitcoms

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Broadway Musicals, Revised and Updated: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time.

Ken Bloom (Author) Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Bloom is the author of The American Songbook: The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs; Jerry Herman: The Lyrics; and a two-volume history of Twentieth Century-Fox music, among other books. Frank Vlastnik (Author) Frank Vlastnik and Ken Bloom are the co-authors of Sitcoms.

Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time. I absolutely loved reading this book, and even though I consider myself to be quite the musical aficionado, I learned new stories, and even new musicals. This is a perfect gift for your theater friend, or for yourself. 1579128491 (ISBN13: 9781579128494).

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I don't recall Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik being in the room when we were writing, auditioning, and even throwing up on opening nights, but when I read this, I felt they must have been there.

Frank Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original cast of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad.

Finally, a book as glorious as its subject: this lush showcase for everyone who loves musicals covers the 101 most influential, popular, and enduring Broadway shows-all of which have toured the country and been performed in theatres large and small everywhere. Frank Vlastnik is an actor who appeared in the original cast of the Broadway musicals Big, Sweet Smell of Success, and A Year with Frog and Toad.

Frank Vlastnik, Ken Bloom

Frank Vlastnik, Ken Bloom.

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Frank Vlastnik, Ken Bloom.

A fully updated edition of the acclaimed and bestselling Broadway Musicals, now featuring an expanded off-Broadway section Broadway Musicals is a richly illustrated, and information-packed celebration of the most popular and enduring Broadway shows of all time. Each show is featured in a detailed, photo-filled chapter that includes expert commentary, special features on the creators and performers, plot synopses, cast and song lists, production details, and backstage anecdotes. Also included are sidebars on Broadway flops, advertising posters, the greatest scores, and more. This edition includes several shows not in the original hardcover edition such as Avenue Q, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Wicked. An expanded off-Broadway section showcases beloved shows such as I Love You, You're Perfect, NowChange and Little Mary Sunshine. Praise for Broadway Musicals: "This book is a joy from cover to cover." ?Dallas Morning News"This book is a must for fans of musical theater." ?Hartford Courant "A nostalgic treasure trove." ?Seattle Times"For any theater fan or musical buff it is a perfect abridged education." ?Minneapolis Star Tribune"Broadway Musicals is a visual delight." ?Palm Beach Post

Malaris
I wanted to add a positive review. My partner and I are huge fans of Broadway musicals, so I got her this for her birthday. We enjoy reading it very much. But there are a couple of things to point out:

The jacket mentions several musicals, Les Miserables in particular, but there is no individual entry for said musical. There are several other shows mentioned but not included with their own entry, such as Miss Saigon. There are more, but the rest don't come to mind right away. We were wondering if perhaps since Les Miserables (and some others) were created for the stage overseas, perhaps that is why they were not included? Though Les Miserables is just one of the main examples I use since it was specifically mentioned on the inside flap and mentioned in several other entries in the core of this book.

But for the positives. This is a rather large book, size wise and all. There are many enjoyable, glossy photos. Also, and most favorably is that the book has many entries for older Broadway shows which are no longer in existence. Many of these were well known in their own time, but little footage remains. The shows all seem to have some importance in the history of Broadway.

I also enjoyed the little extra sections, such as the entry about the biggest Broadway flops (Seussical anyone?) and other entries about musicals with a great song but little else going for it, or a great cast with lackluster music.

All in all a great coffee table book that will get attention. We have many friends and family members pick it up the minute they see it, and it's always a great conversation starter. A conversation which usually ends with us putting on The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray]. I highly recommend it for the musical lover in your life!
Direbringer
I bought this book as a gift for a friends niece who is an aspiring singer and actress. She loved the book. Most of the plays she's performed in during high school and outside venues detailed in this book. She really enjoyed reading the behind the scenes info she did not know. I would highly recommend this book.
Samutilar
Some readers moaned about certain shows being omitted from this "greatest of all time" list. But the authors state their criteria up front and admit that some really great shows will not make their list for this-and-that reason, but that it doesn't mean they don't hold those shows in high regard.

But this "greatest" list, or ANYONE'S "greatest" list for that matter, is not an absolute measurement. To complain is to miss the point, and to miss the joy of this book.

The book is packed with great pics, interesting trivia, and production details and credits that are often overlooked or forgotten as the years roll by. If you're a fan of musical theater (and are secure enough in your own opinions to not take the "Greatest Shows of All Time" tag too seriously) then you will certainly get hours of enjoyment out of this book.

It's fun to look back at some of the older shows and see the no-names who went on to become bigger names, either in the theatre world or elsewhere.

Recommended.
Ucantia
I was thinking of using this book in an assortment of texts for a theater course I teach at Hastings High School. However, when I saw that RENT was not included in the "Revised and Updated" edition that I bought for my daughter, I thought perhaps it was a mistake. Then I saw Les Mis was not included....o.k something is up. In the Intro, we are told there have been omissions, for sure, but the authors wanted to include shows that were "extremely popular and/or groundbreaking in some way." Further, the shows selected have had "an undeniable influence on the form." Including a number of flops in the book can, I agree, be enlightening. And there are a number of them, for sure. Each show has its own road to the big stage that we can learn from. But to exclude a show like RENT, a homegrown Pulitzer Prize winning game changer, is inexcusable. If homegrown Broadway shows are your criteria, then why is Evita included? Whatever your criteria is, I would love to hear what your justification could be. Like the show or not, your book should never be used to enlighten people about influential shows on Broadway. I guess Hamilton and Dear Evan Hanson won't be included in your next "Revised and Updated" edition. Talk about a missed opportunity! Your book is beautiful to look at, I'll give you that.
Sti
I purchased this as a birthday present and the feedback I got was very good. It is filled with many interesting tidbits of history and brought out what was going on behind the glitter. I have read through some of the information on some of the plays and find it very good. Lots of interesting pictures that enhance the narrative.
Kelezel
Nice book. I’m giving it a 4 star because the cover was alittle dirty and looked like it may have been returned or handles too much.
JoJoshura
Thorough history and a great gift for the musical theater lover...
Great coffee table book but a little outdated.