cover image Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story

Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story

DK. DK, $40 (360p) ISBN 9781465438867

This beautiful illustrated volume tracks modern Western musical theater from its beginnings during the late 19th century. The combination of music, dance, and drama has is origins in the ancient world, but it wasn't until about 150 years ago that the form that we know today hit its stride. The book features photos from major productions and highlights a diverse array of writers, directors, actors, producers, set designers, choreographers, and other notables. Theater aficionados will be thrilled, as will anyone else who picks up this delightful volume of touching quotes ("It's been one of my life-long jobs to make the world laugh at Adolf Hitler," Mel Brooks said in 2001 about his play The Producers), key facts, timelines, and an overview of the history of musical theater. This book would suit any coffee table. Color photos and illus. (Oct.)