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1. Inside the Plaza

From Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald cavorting in the Pulitzer Fountain to Ivana Trump patrolling the halls to inspect the rooms, this is the Plaza Hotel as no one has ever seen... more info
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An Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel. Applause Books. With Hardcover. 6x9 inches. 239 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314473)

2. A Chorus Line

The Complete Book of the Musical. It is hard to believe that over 25 years have passed since A Chorus Line first electrified a New York audience. The memories of the show's... more info
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The Complete Book of the Musical. Applause Books. With Softcover. 6.2x9.5 inches. 172 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314005)

3. The Collected Works of Harold Clurman

For six decades, Harold Clurman illuminated our artistic, social, and political awareness in thousands of reviews, essays, and lectures. His work appeared indefatigably in... more info
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Applause Books. 7.5x9.5 inches. 1101 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314150)

4. Ever After

Ever After is more than a detailed show-by-show history of the last quarter century in American musical theater. It explains how the storied Broadway tradition in many cases... more info
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The Last Years of Musical Theater and Beyond. Applause Books. With Hardcover. 6x9.24 inches. 330 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314637)

5. The Musical

This revised and expanded edition of Kislan's acclaimed study of America's musical theater includes a new section on Recent Musical Theater: Issues and Problems. The ancient... more info
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A Look at the American Musical Theater. Applause Books. With Softcover. 6x9.25 inches. 320 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314008)

6. The Prime Time Closet

Television history was made on April 30, 1997, when comedian Ellen DeGeneres and her sitcom alter-ego Ellen Morgan, came out to her close friends and 36 million viewers. This... more info
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A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV. Applause Books. With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 304 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314533)

7. Curtain Times - The New York Theater 1965-1987

Curtain Times is a uniquely comprehensive, uniquely detailed and uniquely contemporaneous history of the New York theater in the seasons from 1964-65 up to 1987. This is a... more info
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Applause Books. Book. 6.3x9.3 inches. 622 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314047)

8. The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks

Frequently called the Miracle on Sullivan Street (in New York's Greenwich Village), The Fantasticks has been the most-often performed musical around the world, setting more... more info
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America's Longest-Running Play. Limelight. With Softcover. 8x10 inches. 256 pages. Published by Limelight Editions. (HL.00332685)

9. The Impossible Musical

Man of La Mancha is arguably the most popular musical drama of all time, most recently on Broadway starring Brian Stokes Mitchell. Dale Wasserman, however, had more trouble... more info
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The Man of La Mancha Story. Applause Books. With Hardcover. 5.5x9 inches. 360 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314634)

10. The Right Time, The Right Place

Pull up a ringside seat to the exultant pageant of New York's night life, commerce and scoiety, from the Cotton Club to Wall Street to Broadway. Charles Wohlsetter was a young... more info
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Cloth Book. Applause Books. 6.2x9.3 inches. 234 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314280)

11. Everything Was Possible

In 1971, college student Ted Chapin found himself front row center as a production assistant at the creation of one of the greatest Broadway musicals, Follies. Needing college... more info
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The Birth of the Musical Follies. Applause Books. With Softcover. 6.25x9.25 inches. 336 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314704)

12. Diary of a Mad Playwright

Kirkwood, the co-writer of the book of the great musical A Chorus Line, also wrote the stage play Legends, for which Carol Channing and Mary Martin embarked on a nationwide,... more info
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Perilous Adventures on the Road with Mary Martin and Carol Channing. Applause Books. With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 336 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314546)

13. Celluloid Gaze

Interviews with six men from the world of film and entertainment - actors Sal Mineo and Rock Hudson; directors George Cukor, Luchino Visconti, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder;... more info
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Limelight. With Softcover. 5.4x8.3 inches. 219 pages. Published by Limelight Editions. (HL.00332443)

14. Bunny Bunny

In a series of funny, tender, and touching dialogues, former Saturday Night Live writer Zweibel recalls his buddy-and-almost-lover friendship with SNL actress Gilda Radner,... more info
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Gilda Radner - A Sort of Love Story. Applause Books. With Softcover. 5x8 inches. 200 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314252)

15. Femme Fatale

From the femme fatale of the early cinema to her post-feminist rebirth, this lavishly illustrated book and comprehensive guide traces the history of these dangerously alluring,... more info
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Cinema's Most Unforgettable Lethal Ladies. Limelight. With Softcover. 7.5x9.25 inches. 400 pages. Published by Limelight Editions. (HL.00332727)

16. The Impact of Race

Here is a major work by a contemporary American artist at the top of his game. Woodie King, Jr.'s book is an impassioned stand against racism, sexism and classism in theatre... more info
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Theatre and Culture. Applause Books. With Hardcover. 6.2x9.25 inches. 272 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314527)

17. Forbidden Acts

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is proud to announce the publication of the first collected anthology of gay and lesbian plays from the entire span of the twentieth century,... more info
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Pioneering Gay & Lesbian Plays of the 20th Century. Applause Books. With Softcover. 5.88x9 inches. 744 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314595)

18. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Morton has written the definitive book on this innovative movie by Steven Spielberg...Meticulous research of this caliber is not found in other books on Close Encounters.... more info
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The Making of Steven Spielberg's Classic Film. Applause Books. With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 382 pages. Published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. (HL.00314760)

19. The Battle of Brazil

The totally restored, revamped and researched blow-by-blow recounting of the most spectacular title bout in the blood-soaked history of Hollywood. This book documents in rare... more info
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Terry Gilliam v. Universal Pictures in the Fight to the Final Cut. Applause Books. With Softcover. 6x9 inches. 362 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314313)

20. Making It Big

Long-time theatre writer and Los Angeles Times correspondent Barbara Isenberg received rare access to every aspect of the creative process and the financial planning that... more info
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The Diary of a Broadway Musical. Limelight. With Hardcover. 6.25x9.25 inches. 214 pages. Published by Limelight Editions. (HL.00332531)

21. Accidentally On Purpose

An exploration into the mysteries of creativity in life and art. Powerfully written of life, families, fathers, mothers, sons, of the price of talent and the burden of fame. more info
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Paperback Book. Applause Books. 5.5x9 inches. 240 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314324)

22. Accidentally on Purpose

Based on his own experience and the teachings of his celebrated but distant father, Lee, John Strasberg defines the talent of becoming real in a role. He surveys the traditional... more info
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Reflections on Life, Acting and the Nine Natural Laws of Creativity. Applause Books. 6.3x9.3 inches. 258 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314195)

23. Second Act Trouble

If Broadway's triumphant musical hits are exhilarating, the backstage tales of Broadway failures are tantalizing soap operas in miniature. Second Act Trouble puts you with... more info
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Behind the Scenes at Broadway's Big Musical Bombs. Applause Books. With Hardcover. 7x10 inches. 400 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314684)

24. The Social Significance of Modern Drama

Out of print virtually since its completion in 1914, Emma Goldman's pioneer work Social Significance in Modern Drama bridges modern drama and political philosophy, pointing... more info
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Applause Books. 5.4x6.3 inches. 192 pages. Published by Applause Books. (HL.00314059)
 
 
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