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On Broadway
On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution | Drew Hodges
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A visual and oral history of the past twenty years of theater, "On Broadway" pulls back the curtain to reveal the creative process involved in bringing a Broadway show to the stage and into the public consciousness through the words of Broadway s most famous personalities and the art of SpotCo. The art created for a show provides audiences with a tangible, visual, and emotional connection with the theatrical experience. This collection of hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and posters, as well as personal anecdotes by and with some of Broadway s most beloved stars, including John Leguizamo, Berry Gordy, Alison Bechdel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Ruffalo, Patrick Stewart, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey, Harvey Fierstein, Sting, Dolly Parton, Neil LaBute, Cherry Jones, and more serves as the document of record of the shows and performers that have graced New York stages for the past two decades. Stories and art cover working with Jonathan Larson s family and the producers on the campaign for Rent; Nicole Kidman on her decision to bare all during her photo shoot for "The Blue Room"; selling the hip-hop Hamilton; and collaborating with the legendary Kander and Ebb on their revival of "Chicago," in addition to stories about shows such as "Annie Get Your Gun," "Young Frankenstein," "Freak," "Avenue Q," "Shrek," "Pippin," "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty," "Gypsy," and "Kinky Boots.""
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Andrea313
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Aside from reading, it's theatre and travel that are constantly vying for my favorite #hobby. I wish I could do more of both, but Broadway ticket prices have gotten out of control over the past decade. That usually means that if I'm trying to plan a big trip, I have to be content with local theatre and national tours for awhile. And hey, those are great, too! #SelfImprovementSept
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Great hobbies! ❤️ 2mo
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Kshakal
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Can‘t wait to watch the Tony Awards tonight... theatre feeds my soul in a way I just can describe!!

DebinHawaii I am excited to watch them too. Probably my favorite of the award shows. 🤗 5mo
Ashley_Nicoletto SAME! they are an event in our house. 5mo
Kshakal @Ashley_Nicoletto mine too!! @DebinHawaii same!! 😊 5mo
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Kshakal
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Got my wine, my book for commercials and am ready for the Tony Awards!!! (I am thinking of you @JenReadsAlot while I drink my moonlight!)

JenReadsAlot Oh Jealous! I need to get my butt up there soon! 1y
Kshakal @JenReadsAlot yes you do!! 1y
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actualdisneyprincess
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I‘m really lucky to be so close to a city with such a thriving arts community; I‘m also so excited to see Deborah Cox in this role, fourteen years after I was lucky enough to see her as Aida on Broadway in the closing cast of “Aida” opposite Adam Pascal. This has nothing to do with books, but next to books, the theater is my other great love. 💖✨

Schlinkles The Bodyguard like the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner movie? 2y
actualdisneyprincess @Schlinkles yup!!! It‘s basically Deborah Cox giving a Whitney Houston concert and I‘m just so here for it 😭😭😭 2y
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Kshakal
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Curled up with my book and the tony awards ... Sounds like a perfect Sunday night to me!!!

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swishandflick
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Don't shoot me, this isn't book related (I know, blasphemy!)

Anybody else Broadway obsessed like me? Having seen all four of the Tony nominees for Best Musical, I'm torn. Come From Away is my top pick (strongest overall ensemble and just brilliant in my opinion) but I also wouldn't be surprised at all if Dear Evan Hansen or Great Comet take it (I loved them both too!). I'd be SHOCKED if it's Groundhog Day though, I didn't care for it.

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swishandflick I do think that Ben Platt is a shoe in for Best Actor in a Musical though!! He's just fantastic ♥️ 3y
EKonrad I've heard so many good things about Dear Evan Hansen. Can't wait til it comes to LA so I can see it! 😊 3y
Lmstraubie I usually go to see one show a year, but haven't gotten to one yet. I've heard great things about Dear Evan Hansen though. 3y
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swishandflick Dear Evan Hansen is really great! Ben Platt gives a phenomenal performance. I may or may not have cried at one point 👌🏽 @Ekonrad @Lmstraubie 3y
annamae I saw Come From Away when it was in Seattle and it was AMAZING!!! 3y
swishandflick YES!! I love it so, so much and went back to see it for a second time 🙌🏽 @annamae 3y
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This artwork from the book was one of the concepts the graphics folks came up with for Hamilton before settling on the iconic artwork we all know. This book is an in-depth look at how the advertising for Broadway shows is developed.

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Readingrobin
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Spotted this at the Vets Auditorium Open House last week in Providence, RI and I ordered it for the library where I work the next day! (Can you tell I'm a Broadway fan?)

bookishkris Oh, how did I not know this book exists? And, yay Providence! 3y
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