By Tom Shea
It’s not only a road anymore—it’s a style of its personal, and it’s celebrated in Tom Shea’s Broadway’s such a lot Wanted™: the pinnacle 10 booklet of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts. a part of Potomac's well known so much sought after™ sequence, Broadway’s so much Wanted™ sings the praises of musical theater with a splash of caprice thrown in. Shea honors those that have made musical theater what it really is today—the solid, the undesirable, and the grotesque. Oh, the grotesque! while a convey hits gold, the world’s a superb position, yet a bomb is simply as important and stress-free in its personal perverse means. With greater than 40 top-ten lists packed jam-packed with enjoyable and evidence, Shea exhibits you the best—and worst—that Broadway, off-Broadway, and the remainder of the musical theater has to supply.
So when you find out about the superb humans at the back of the hit Bye Bye Birdie, together with the incomparable Chita Rivera, you’ll additionally examine the ill-fated and laughable Bring again Birdie, which speedy indicated why Broadway doesn’t do sequels (especially two decades after the original). whereas chuckling over how Jimmy Durante and Ethel Merman bickered over most sensible billing for 1936’s Red, sizzling, and Blue—with the comical results of their names being written diagonally, crossing in an X—you’ll additionally locate compliment for Paul Ford, Stephen Sondheim’s practice session pianist, who is helping the mythical composer deliver his tune to existence. Musicals run the gamut of subject matters, and Shea waxes melodic on political, western, rock and roll, and comic-book musicals, plus much more. they are saying the neon lighting fixtures are brilliant on Broadway; Tom Shea shines simply as brightly with Broadway’s such a lot Wanted™: the head 10 ebook of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts.