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Broadway theatres : history & architecture
Morrison, William (William Alan)
Publication Information:
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, [1999]

Physical Description:
166 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PN2277.N5 M58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A wealth of historical data about 74 of Manhattan's great theatrical houses. Extensive, detailed captions document location, architects, opening date, other data for the Fifth Avenue Theatre (1873), the Hippodrome (1905), the Music Box Theatre (1921), as well as the New Amsterdam, Winter Garden, Ziegfeld, more. Over 200 photos and illustrations.

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Library Journal Review

From Herald Square to Columbus Circle, the potent combination of New York City's soaring population, the introduction of mass transit, and the rise of popular, inexpensive entertainment helped create what is today known around the world as Broadway. Morrison chronicles 74 theaters built between the late 1800s and the 1930s, focusing on the architects and impresarios behind the scenes who set the standards for modern theater architecture and presentation. The profiles are short, informal, and concise, giving key historical facts, architectural details, and notable productions. The copious black-and-white photos are mainly archival, though a few show current interiors. Considering the landmark status of many of the existing interiors and several dazzling recent renovations, a color photo section would have been welcome. Nonetheless, the photographs and text together add up to an informative overview of the changing fortunes of the theater industry. This book is a worthy look at a significant part of New York's history and--with more than 30 playhouses still standing--its importance today. For large architecture and performing arts collections as well as regional libraries.--Kevin Henegan, "Library Journal" Mouilleron, V‚ronique Rouchon (text) & Daniel Faure (photogs.). V‚zelay: The Great Romanesque Church. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Morrison chronicles the rise of the New York theater district through illustrations and histories of 74 Broadway theaters. The author's concise introduction provides a simple yet insightful history of the colorful personalities and economic and cultural forces that contributed to the creation of the "Great White Way." Two hundred black-and-white, archival photographs and drawings capture the splendid facades, lobby and house interiors, proscenium arches, curtains, and stages of these impressive playhouses. Accompanying narrative descriptions of each theater include architect, owner, address, seating capacity, opening and closing dates, and former names, and the theater's legacy of legendary plays, playwrights, and actors. Illustration captions detail architectural technique, style, and periodic renovations. Morrison includes both extant and demolished theaters, e.g., the celebrated Hippodrome, Music Box, Winter Garden, and Schubert theaters and Florence Ziegfeld's New Amsterdam, which was recently renovated by the Disney Corporation (Mary C. Henderson presents in-depth documentation of this restoration in The New Amsterdam, 1997). Morrison has produced an excellent resource book for architects and urban and architectural historians as well as for students and fans of theater design. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. R. A. Naversen; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale