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Drama/Theater/Monologues Books

American musical theatre: a chronicle
by Bordman, Gerald Martin; Norton, Richard

9780199729708Gerald Bordman; Richard NortonAmerican Musical Theatre: A ChronicleHailed as "absolutely the best reference book on its subject" by Newsweek, American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle covers more than 250 years of musical theatre in the United States, from a 1735 South Carolina production of Flora, or Hob in the Well to The Addams Family in 2010. Authors GeraldBordman and Richard Norton write an engaging narrative blending history, critical analysis, and lively description to illustrate the transformation of American musical theatre through such incarnations as the ballad opera, revue, Golden Age musical, rock musical, Disney musical, and, with 2010'sAmerican Idiot, even the punk musical. The Chronicle is arranged chronologically and is fully indexed according to names of shows, songs, and people involved, for easy searching and browsing. Chapters range from the "Prologue," which traces the origins of American musical theater to 1866, through several "intermissions" (for instance,"Broadway's Response to the Swing Era, 1937-1942") and up to "Act Seven," the theatre of the twenty-first century. This last chapter covers the dramatic changes in musical theatre since the last edition published - whereas Fosse, a choreography-heavy revue, won the 1999 Tony for Best Musical, the2008 award went to In the Heights, which combines hip-hop, rap, meringue and salsa unlike any musical before it. Other groundbreaking and/or box-office-breaking shows covered for the first time include Avenue Q, The Producers, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Monty Python's Spamalot, Wicked, Hairspray,Urinetown the Musical, and Spring Awakening.Discussion of these shows incorporates plot synopses, names of principal players, descriptions of scenery and costumes, and critical reactions. In addition, short biographies interspersed throughout the text colorfully depict the creative minds that shaped the most influential musicals.Collectively, these elements create the most comprehensive, authoritative history of musical theatre in this country and make this an essential resource for students, scholars, performers, dramaturges, and musical enthusiasts. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - ML1711 .B67 2011
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Illustrated theatre production guide
by Holloway, John

9780240804934John HollowayIllustrated Theatre Production GuideThis invaluable guide takes a step-by-step approach to many common theater production practices and covers important issues related to the construction of wooden, fabric, plastic, and metal scenery used in stage plays. Illustrated Theatre Production Guide contains a brief history of physical theatres and the development of various forms such as thrust, proscenium, and black box venues. Operation of theatre equipment is covered in detail in the chapters on rigging and curtains. Instructions for operating a fly system and basic stagehand skills such as knot tying and drapery folding, are clearly outlined. The use of metal tubing as a structural element is explored as an alternative to wooden scenery. The chapter on lighting discusses electrical theory as well as the practical aspects of hanging and focusing lights. The final chapter in Illustrated Theatre Production Guide is a compilation of many different projects that are easy to approach and to complete, and have practical value for a theatre group. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - PN2085 .H64 2002
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Anything goes: a history of American musical theatre
by Mordden, Ethan

9780199892839Ethan MorddenAnything Goes: A History of American Musical TheatreAfter six volumes on the musical's history, decade by decade from the 1920s through the 1970s, Ethan Mordden takes an entirely fresh look at the musical, from The Beggar's Opera to Wicked. Looking at the Star Comic, the Sweetheart Heroine, the war between musical comedy and operetta, the riseof the sexy story in the 1920s, the wedding of ballet and hoofing in the 1930s, the Oklahoma! and Carousel "musical play" in the 1940s, the Novelty Star in the 1950s, and other developments, Mordden takes us from George Gershwin to Ethel Merman to Jerome Robbins to the director-choreographer and theoffbeat contemporary show: Porgy and Bess, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Grand Hotel, Grey Gardens, Rent. In his trademark style that is at once scholarly, witty, and conversational, Mordden emphasizes not only the writing of musicals but the performing of them, taking the reader virtually into the theatre to experience what a great show is like, whether Victor Herbert's The Red Mill or StephenSondheim's Follies. Considering the development of dance, the author follows it from zany hoofing in the nineteenth century through the tap "combinations" of the 1920s and the injection of ballet and modern dance in the 1930s and 1940s. Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Michael Kidd,Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon: theirs was a time when dance seemed as crucial as music by Richard Rodgers or lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Mordden examines also the changing role of the star, noting how such early-twentieth-century headliners as Fred Stone seldom varied their portrayals, whether as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz or Little Red Ridinghood's fatherly guardian in The Stepping Stones. But Ethel Merman turned stardominside out in Gypsy, acting her way through a character who was selfish, fierce, and destructive, and today's stars are versatile as a rule. From "ballad opera" and burlesque to the sometimes indescribable titles of today, Anything Goes tells where the musical came from and where it has been headingever since.A special feature of the book is the extremely detailed discographical essay, a guide for aficionado and student alike in exploring the recorded archives. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - ML1711 .M732 2013
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Drama high: the incredible true story of a brilliant teacher, a struggling town, and the magic of theater
by Sokolove, Michael Y

9781594488221Michael SokoloveDrama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of TheaterFriday Night Lights meets Glee --the incredible and true story of an extraordinary drama teacher who has changed the lives of thousands of students and inspired a town.   Why would the multimillionaire producer of Cats , The Phantom of the Opera , and Miss Saigon take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of Les Misérables ? To see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows like Rent and Spring Awakening before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation. Volpe's students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders. Michael Sokolove, a Levittown native and former student of Volpe's, chronicles the drama director's last school years and follows a group of student actors as they work through riveting dramas both on and off the stage. This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - LA2317 .V65 S65 2013
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Showtime: a history of the Broadway musical theater
by Stempel, Larry

9780393067156Larry StempelShowtime: A History of the Broadway Musical TheaterShowtime brings the history of Broadway musicals to life in a narrative as engaging as the subject itself. Beginning with the scandalous Astor Place Opera House riot of 1849, Larry Stempel traces the growth of musicals from minstrel shows and burlesques, through the golden age of Show Boat and Oklahoma!, to such groundbreaking works as Company and Rent. Stempel describes the Broadway stage with vivid accounts of the performers drawn to it, and detailed portraits of the creators who wrote the music, lyrics, and stories for its shows, both beloved and less well known. But Stempel travels outside the theater doors as well, to illuminate the wider world of musical theater as a living genre shaped by the forces of American history and culture. He reveals not only how musicals entertain their audiences but also how they serve as barometers of social concerns and bearers of cultural values. Showtime is the culmination of decades of painstaking research on a genre whose forms have changed over the course of two centuries. In covering the expansive subject before him, Stempel combines original research--including a kaleidoscope of primary sources and archival holdings--with deft and insightful analysis. The result is nothing short of the most comprehensive, authoritative history of the Broadway musical yet published. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - ML1711.8.N3 S73 2010
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Short monologues for auditions
by Catalano, Frank

9781482369809Frank CatalanoShort Monologues for AuditionsHow to select monologues by your casting type, prepare and perform them for auditions. Includes 70 original audition monologues. Also, great for acting classes. Reviews of other books by Frank Catalano5 stars - Stand Out at your Auditions By SeanThis book helped me book a job! The monologues are unique, show emotional range and gave me voice that was completely my own. Next time your thinking about busting out another tired monologue from" Our Town" slap yourself and then buy a copy of this book !5.0 stars - SUCH A TREASURE By PaulIn this day and age everything is the same. We're all doing the same monologues in front of the same casting directors. No matter how good of a job you do, these casting people are so pissed that they had to hear that Neil Simon monologue for the 35th time. That is why "WHITE KNIGHT BLACK NIGHT" is such a treasure. Catalano is new, fresh, and writes some damn good monologues. There is something is this book for everyone of all ages. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - PN4305 .M6 2013
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Best monologues from the Best American short plays
by Demastes, William W.

9781480397408William W. Demastes (Editor)Best Monologues from the Best American Short Plays(Best American Short Plays). "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Really? Words can break spirits, destroy confidence. They can also build hope and incite great acts of heroism. Playwrights know this, and so do theater audiences. Otherwise, why go? Words matter and carry clout every bit as dangerous as a hammer or crowbar. This, too, playwrights know. The monologues in this volume are full of such blows, striking at our imaginations and our memories, generating responses such as joyful laughter or chilling surprise. Others squeeze us into worlds we've never experienced, or perhaps experienced at the furthest edges of memory and recollection. Still others may help us alter the way we see certain things, people, or beliefs. Best Monologues from The Best American Short Plays, Volume Three is a collection of monologues drawn from the popular Best American Short Plays series, an archive of works from many of the best playwrights active today. Long or short, serious or not, excerpts or entireties, this collection abounds in speech acts that may trigger physical reactions and almost certainly will transform an attitude or two, drawing out lost memories, creating new ones, and definitely entertaining, engaging, amusing us all along the way. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - PS627 .M63 B47 2014
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From the Greek mimes to Marcel Marceau and beyond: mimes, actors, Pierrots, and clowns : a chronicle of the many visages of mime in the theatre
by Lust, Annette

9780810835108Annette Bercut Lust; Marcel Marceau (Foreword by)From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond: Mimes, Actors, Pierrots and Clowns: A Chronicle of the Many Visages of Mime in the TheatreOne of the few studies covering the historical flow of mime from its beginnings to postmodern movement theatre, this book develops the meaning and evolution of mime and pantomime from the Greeks to the 20th century, depicting the role of mime in dance, clowning, the cinema, and verbal theatre throughout the centuries. It is also an in-depth study of twentieth-century mime masters, including Jacques Lecoq, Etienne Decroux, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Marcel Marceau.In addition to defining and tracing the history of mime, Lust documents present-day training programs in North America and Europe, providing contact addresses and information on mime festivals and centers. A filmography lasting mime and mime-related films and an extensive bibliography contribute to the usefulness of the book. With over 60 illustrations, this world-wide study is indispensable for the student, teacher, or fan of mime. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - PN1942 .L87 2000
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History of world costume and fashion
by Hill, Daniel Delis

9780130992239Daniel Delis Hill; JoAnne EicherHistory of World Costume and FashionThe History of World Costume and Fashion presents a comprehensive survey of dress from around the world including Asia, Africa, the Islamic Empire, and the Ancient Americas. This extensive study features descriptions and analysis of men's, women's and children's clothing, accessories, and cultural styles from prehistory into the twenty-first century. Lavishly illustrated, it features more than 1600 images--including over 100 in full color- and is a valuable resource for fashion designers, theater costumers, textile researchers, costume collectors and curators, and anyone interest in clothing and style customs of the world. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - GT511 .H55 2011 Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - GT511 .H55 2011
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Drama/Theater/Monologue Databases

Biography In Context

Over 1.5 million biographies of people from throughout history, around the world and across all disciplines; includes audio, video, and images.

Credo Reference

Provides full-text access to ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS and other reference sources. WORD COUNT of EACH ARTICLE is available when browsing.

Films On Demand

Provides access to more than 6000 films in various subjects from Films for the Humanities & Sciences and other leading educational film vendors.

Gale Reference - Art, Film & Music

This database is a collection of Gale Virtual Reference's Art, Film, and Music reference books.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Provides access to popular Gale specialized encyclopedias and resources in arts, biography, business, education, environment, history, science, social science and more. PROVIDES WORD and PAGE COUNT for EACH ARTICLE when browsing.

Opera in Video

Contains opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the worlds best performers, conductors, and opera houses.

Oxford Reference - Performing Arts

Provides access to 10 reference sources related to theatre, dance, music, and opera.

PBS Video

You have access over 401 core films from PBS.

Project Muse

Project MUSE provides digital humanities and social science content. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals and books. Project MUSE books, launched in January 2012, are fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content.

Theatre In Video

Performances of the world's leading plays, together film documentaries, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

Drama/Theater/Monologue Reference Materials

The Cambridge guide to American theatre
by Wilmeth, Don B.

9780521543125Don B. Wilmeth (Editor)The Cambridge Guide to American TheatreThis new and updated encyclopedic guide, with over 2700 cross-referenced entries, covers all aspects of the American theatre from its earliest history to the present. Entries include people, venues and companies scattered through the USA, plays and musicals, and theatrical phenomena. Additionally, there are some 100 topical entries covering theatre in major US cities and such disparate subjects as Asian American theatre, Chicano theatre, censorship, Filipino American theatre, one-person performances, performance art, and puppetry. Major popular forms are represented in entries such as circus, burlesque, vaudeville, and tent shows. Highly illustrated, the Guide is supplemented with a thorough historical survey as introduction, a bibliography of major sources published since the compilation of the first edition, and a unique and valued biographical index covering over 3200 individuals mentioned in the text. This new edition includes hundreds of new and updated entries, making it the most up-to-date guide to American theatre available. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - REF - PN2221 .C36 2007
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The Oxford companion to the American musical: theatre, film, and television
by Hischak, Thomas S.

9780195335330Thomas HischakThe Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and TelevisionFrom films ranging from An American in Paris and Flying Down to Rio to such Broadway landmarks as Oklahoma and West Side Story and television hits such as Cinderella and High School Musical, the American musical has thrilled audiences around the world. Now, in The Oxford Companion to theAmerican Musical, readers have at last an engaging and authoritative reference to this highly popular genre--the only such book to cover stage, film, and television musicals in one volume. With more than two thousand entries, this book offers a wealth of information on musicals, performers, composers, lyricists, producers, choreographers, and much more. There are biographical entries on stars ranging from Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby to Mary Martin and Mae West as well as suchcontemporary show-stoppers as Nathan Lane, Savion Glover, and Kristin Chenowith; on composers ranging from Irving Berlin and George Gershwin to Richard Rodgers and Andrew Lloyd Webber; and on choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, and Debbie Allen. The plays and films covered range frommodern hits such as Mamma Mia! and Moulin Rouge to timeless classics such as Yankee Doodle Dandy and Show Boat. Also, many musicals written specifically for television are included, and many entries follow a work (such as Babes in Toyland) as it moves across genres, from stage, to film, totelevision. The Companion also includes cross references, a comprehensive listing of recommended recordings, and a useful chronological listing of all the musicals described in the book. Whether you are curious about Singin in the Rain or Spamalot, The Wizard of Oz or Grease, this well-researched and entertaining resource is the first place to turn for reliable information on virtually every aspect of the American musical. "Enjoy as I did this wonderful book as you discover the place of the musical in history and its gift for the future." --Jonathan Pryce, Tony award-winning actor "How wonderful it is to have the entire history of the American musical theater, both on stage and on film, now available in one handy volume. Amazingly comprehensive and thoroughly researched, The Oxford Companion to the American Musical is a must for any theater professional or any theater fan." --Stephen Flaherty, Tony and Drama Desk award-winning composer "Everything you ever wanted to know about the American musical--at your fingertips. What could be better, or more useful?" --Marvin Hamlisch "Kudos to Thomas Hischak for The Oxford Companion to the American Musical. Resources such as these are extremely important, not only as historic and academic records, but for future generations of artists who need to understand the legacy they have inherited." --Carol Channing - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - REF - ML102.M88 H593 2008
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The complete costume dictionary
by Lewandowski, Elizabeth J

9780810840041Elizabeth J. LewandowskiThe Complete Costume DictionaryWhile there are costume and fashion dictionaries tied to specific countries or periods, none have been comprehensive. In The Complete Costume Dictionary, Elizabeth Lewandowski has collected from a variety of sources--including costume history texts, journal articles, historical publications, autobiographies, biographies, foreign language dictionaries, and contemporary publications--to create a resource that spans the globe, from the earliest record of fashion to the 21st century. Including more than 20,000 fashion and costume terms, this volume also features more than 300 illustrations. The first section of the book is an alphabetical listing of these words with their definitions, period, and country of origin. This volume also contains appendixes that list the terms by country of origin, period, and type of clothing. The book is not limited to the Western World and includes both archaic and current terms. Significantly greater in scope than anything currently available--online or in print--this one-of-a-kind publication is an invaluable resource for costume and fashion historians, textile preservationists, period re-enactors, and history and theatre scholars, as well as theatre professionals. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - REF - GT507 .L49 2011
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The drama dictionary
by Hodgson, Terry

9780941533409Terry HodgsonThe Drama DictionaryThis comprehensive reference work is designed to be a single source to which readers may turn for guidance on dramatic theory and practice. It therefore concentrates on critical and technical concepts and terms rather than on theatre history or biography. The book contains some 1300 entries varying in length from a few words to several hundred. The terms included relate to the forms of drama (e.g. epic, mime, farce, comedy of manners, tragi-comedy, etc.); to different kinds of stage (thrust, picture-frame, arena, etc.); to technical stage terms (tabs, proscenium arch, sightlines, etc.); to acting terms, including colloquialisms (fluff, corpse-as well as duologue, soliloquy, cross below, upstage, etc.) They also include the critical terms of important theoreticians (e.g. superobjective, magic 'if', throughline, alienation, montage) and the obvious foreign terms (hamartia, peripeteia, etc.). Dramatic movements and styles are described (naturalism, expressionism, neo-classical, Jacobean, etc.), together with terms relating to costume (e.g. buskins), character types (of, say, the Commedia dell'Arte) and dramatic structure (climax, curtain, pace and tempo, episode, chorus, etc.). The entries are fully cross-referenced, and are supported by ample suggestions for further reading and a selection of line drawings illustrating key points in the text. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - REF - PN1625 .H64 1988
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The Oxford dictionary of plays
by Patterson, Michael

9780198604174Michael Patterson (Editor)The Oxford Dictionary of PlaysThe Oxford Dictionary of Plays provides accessible, authoritative, handy, and illuminating information on 1000 of the best-known, most popular, and most important plays of world theatre. Each entry contains essential information including title, author, dates of composition and first performance, genre, composition of the cast, a synopsis of the plot, and a brief commentary. Local playwrights featured include Ray Lawler, Bruce Mason, James K. Baxter, Patrick White, Dorothy Hewitt and Louis Nowra. This is an ideal dictionary for students, scholars, theatre professionals - especially directors - amateur drama enthusiasts, and informed theatre-goers. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - REF - PN1625 .P38 2005
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The Cambridge encyclopedia of stage actors and acting
by Williams, Simon

9780521769549Simon Williams (Editor)The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and ActingActing is widely acknowledged to be the central art of the theatre and has a long and vibrant history. With over one thousand entries, this is the first encyclopedia of stage actors and acting around the world. More than one hundred renowned international contributors provide biographical, historical and technical information about actors both familiar and obscure whose work has been crucial in the development of acting methods and traditions from classical theatre to the present day. Entries on key directors, theorists and teachers, and on the elements and genres of acting provide insights into the history of acting as an art and its current practice. Including a chronological list of actors that spans the past two thousand years and many diverse countries and cultures, this Encyclopedia offers a fascinating and unique overview of acting onstage that will be of interest to anyone who attends or practises theatre. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - REF - PN2061 .C33 2015
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