By Tom Shea
It’s not only a highway anymore—it’s a style of its personal, and it’s celebrated in Tom Shea’s Broadway’s such a lot Wanted™: the head 10 booklet of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts. a part of Potomac's renowned such a lot sought after™ sequence, Broadway’s so much Wanted™ sings the praises of musical theater with a touch of caprice thrown in. Shea honors those that have made musical theater what it really is today—the sturdy, the undesirable, and the gruesome. Oh, the gruesome! while a exhibit hits gold, the world’s a superb position, yet a bomb is simply as worthy and stress-free in its personal perverse method. With greater than 40 top-ten lists packed packed with enjoyable and evidence, Shea indicates 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 fantastic humans in 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 quick indicated why Broadway doesn’t do sequels (especially two decades after the original). whereas chuckling over how Jimmy Durante and Ethel Merman bickered over best 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 lifestyles. Musicals run the gamut of issues, and Shea waxes melodic on political, western, rock and roll, and comic-book musicals, plus a lot more. they are saying the neon lighting are vivid on Broadway; Tom Shea shines simply as brightly with Broadway’s such a lot Wanted™: the head 10 e-book of Dynamic Divas, Surefire Showstoppers, and Box-Office Busts.