Behind the scenes of New York City s Great White Way, virtuosos of stagecraft have built the scenery, costumes, lights, and other components of theatrical productions for than a hundred years But like a good magician who refuses to reveal secrets, they have left few clues about their work Blue Collar Broadway recovers the history of those people and the neighborhood in which their undersung labor occurred.Timothy R White begins his history of the theater industry with the dispersed pre Broadway era, when components such as costumes, lights, and scenery were built and stored nationwide Subsequently, the majority of backstage operations and storage were consolidated in New York City during what is now known as the golden age of musical theater Toward the latter half of the twentieth century, decentralization and deindustrialization brought the emergence of nationally distributed regional theaters and performing arts centers The resulting collapse of New York s theater craft economy rocked the theater district, leaving abandoned buildings and criminal activity in place of studios and workshops But new technologies ushered in a new age of tourism and business for the area The Broadway we know today is a global destination and a glittering showroom for vetted products.Featuring case studies of iconic productions such as Oklahoma 1943 and Evita 1979 , and an exploration of the craftwork of radio, television, and film production around Times Square, Blue Collar Broadway tells a rich story of the history of craft and industry in American theater nationwide In addition, White examines the role of theater in urban deindustrialization and in the revival of downtowns throughout the Sunbelt....
|Title||:||Blue-Collar Broadway: The Craft and Industry of American Theater|
|Publisher||:||University of Pennsylvania Press November 12, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||669 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Blue-Collar Broadway: The Craft and Industry of American Theater Reviews
When I think Broadway, I tend to think only about the actors on the stage. It never occurred to me how much time and effort takes place behind the scenes. This book celebrates the hard working creative people, and showcases Times Square and Broadway in a different light beyond just tourism. It’s a history that needs to be told, and the author conveys the story in a rich and fun way!!
This is a great read for anyone who loves the theatre. I'd never given much thought to the contributions of the people behind the scenes to the onstage changes in theatre and Broadway. Mr White writes a wonderful history of the evolution of stagecraft.
Excellent book for those of us who live in the theatre.
An engaging look at another side of Broadway. I was hooked after the first chapter.
Who knew the more important story was happening not on the Broadway stage but behind the scenes? "Blue-Collar Broadway" pulls back the curtain to recognize all the workers responsible for the magic we see on-stage and celebrate the art and craft of their unsung work. Timothy's insightful book is a fascinating read for both theater professionals and theater goers alike.