On Broadway

This month we are highlighting adult and youth materials on Broadway. Broadway is the iconic and beloved theatre district of Manhattan. Long known for some of the world’s best theatrical productions. Go inside Broadway and discover the magic. Stop by the Local History Display case to see more about Broadway!

Selections for the Adult Services Collection:

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Broadway : the American musical / Laurence Maslon
Complemented by more than four hundred color and black-and-white illustrations and photographs, the companion to the six-part PBS documentary traces the history of the Broadway musical, from the turn of the twentieth century through the present day, highlighting the great stars, landmark shows, music, and other important aspects of the genre.

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Broadway to Main Street : how show tunes enchanted America / Laurence Maslon
A chronicle of how the songs of American musical theater made their way through sheet music, popular recordings, the radio, original castalbums, television, CDs, and the Internet from the theater district to living rooms across the country.

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Hamilton : the revolution : being the complete libretto of the Broadway musical, with a true account of its creation, and concise remarks on hip-hop, the power of stories, and the new America / by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country’s origins for a diverse new generation. HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages–“since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda–traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.

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Julie Andrews : an intimate biography / Richard Stirling
Documents the personal and professional life of the musical star of stage and screen.

Selections from the Youth Collection:

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Lea Michele / by Jody Jensen Shaffer
Chronicles the life and career of the young Glee cast member, from her childhood to her time on Broadway to her rise to television stardom.

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Where is broadway? / by Douglas Yacka and Francesco Sedita
Describes the history of the famous street in New York City, detailing the development of the theater district and the shows and stars that have become Broadway legends.

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Lights on Broadway : a theatrical tour from A to Z / Harriet Ziefert
Brightly illustrated compendium includes an introduction by Mitchell, quotes from famous Broadway performers, and theater facts and trivia.

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How Hamilton made it to the stage / Gerry Boehme
In July 2008, playwright and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda bought a book to read on vacation. Little did he know that his random choice would eventually help him change the face of Broadway. The book was Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, an original Founding Father of the United States. Seven years later, Miranda’s revolutionary hip-hop musical opened to tremendous reviews, sold-out performances, and record-breaking awards. What inspired Miranda to tell Hamilton’s story using twenty-first-century music and casting? How did his vision transform from hip-hop mixtape to Broadway musical? This engaging book shares this fascinating story.