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Show and Tell


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Personalities The Idea Writing the Show Naming the Show Songs Producing the Show Auditions Rehearsals Out of Town Theatres Previews Opening Night Critics Box Office Audiences Superstitions Publicity Stunts Performing the Show Tragedies Quotes Bibliography

About the Author

Ken Bloom is the author of Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time and Broadway: An Encyclopedia. He has directed and produced shows at Town Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and other venues. Bloom is the founder of the website InsideSongs.com.


"Show & Tell is a book likely to find its way into both public and academic libraries, and readers are likely to come away from it much more informed than before... The amount of inside information this book contains is rather undersold by the title, which implies a random assortment of witty asides and gossipy small-talk from and about Broadway life... Although there are plenty of memorable encounters, sarcastic put-downs, near-the-knuckle jokes and theatrical memorabilia (quite enough to help any after-dinner speaker with some material), there is also a generous store of knowledge about Broadway shows and theatre." -- Stuart Hannabuss (Independent Reviewer and Researcher, Aberdeen, UK); Reference Reviews Volume 31, Number 6, 2017 "Ken Bloom's new book is a thoroughly delightful tribute to what makes the theatre great -- the passion, creativity, craziness, and sadness, too. I loved it!"--Charles Strouse "Opening Ken Bloom's book is like popping a cork of vintage champagne where every bubble bursts with delicious anecdotes from Broadway's best! I can't think of a better cocktail party!"--Lee Roy Reams "Ken Bloom hears and knows everything. Inside this tome you will find some of the most amazing nuggets of fascinating factoids, ridiculous rumors and classic Broadway lore."--Adrian Bryan-Brown, Broadway press agent "Can a book make you laugh and cry at the same time? Well, Ken Bloom's newest book, Show and Tell, had me on an emotional seesaw. I thought of all the wonderful people I worked with and the crazy things that happened to us. That's the great thing about live theatre, and this book reminded me how lucky I am to be part of it."--Penny Fuller "Ken Bloom knows more about me than my husband. Oh God! I've told him EVERYTHING! And it's all true!"--Anita Gillette "[A]n amusing look at the business of show."--Library Journal "[Bloom] has compiled stories both hilarious and tragic from the hits and flops of history...theatre folk and their shows come to life on this funny, occasionally poignant page-turner."--Broadwayworld.com "For the Broadway theatre fan it is the joy of having all of these anecdotes in all one place and to savor them - a must read for theatre enthusiasts."--NewsNotes Dance Blog "For the Broadway theatre fan it is the joy of having all of these anecdotes in all one place and to savor them - a must read for theatre enthusiasts."--News Notes Dance Blog "I love books like this. Anything that tells stories of celebrities and makes me laugh or gasp is a winner in my mind. Ken Bloom, an aficionado of all things Broadway, has put together a book of choice remarks or insights into the world of theatrical entertainment and it is a hoot...[T]his is a delicious compendium of theatrical gold. I would advise the reader not to treat it as a book but as a large tin of assorted confectionery, there to be opened and dipped into whenever the mood takes you. And, just like the tin of chocolates, there are going to be those you love and want more of, and those that leave you with that 'they were okay' feeling. Did you know that Ann Miller's feet were so bad during the run of Follies at the Paper Mill Playhouse that stagehands had to carry her on and off the stage for her numbers? Did you know that Jerry Robbins didn't choreograph 'America' or the 'Dance at the Gym' in West Side Story?"--Musical Theatre Review

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