New York: Theatre World. Very Good+ in Good dj. (c.1947). (Volume III). Hardcover. [slight bumping/fraying to top right corner of front cover, no other significant wear; jacket is edgeworn, missing about one inch from top of spine with paper loss extending a bit into both the front and rear panels]. (B&W photographs) A review of the theatre season from June 1, 1946 through June 1, 1947 -- not just Broadway, but also covering many important regional theatres, national touring companies, off-Broadway, various Shakespeare festivals, certain plays that opened out of town and never made it to Broadway, dollops of dance and ballet, etc. It's hard to imagine a book that page-for-page is more fascinating, entertaining, surprising -- and frustrating -- to flip through than almost any "Theatre World" volume from the 1940s, 1950s or 1960s. (You might like the 1970s onward, too, but frankly I kind of lose interest.) Fascinating etc. because you will inevitably make dozens of discoveries -- this or that up-and-coming (or in-the-twilight) performer in some long-forgotten stage role, the full particulars on some famous play. The 1946-47 season, for example, featured the Broadway premieres of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh," Noel Coward's "Present Laughter," "Joan of Lorraine" starring Ingrid Bergman, Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest," the Harburg-Lane musical "Finian's Rainbow," Arthur Miller's "All My Sons," and Lerner & Loewe's "Brigadoon," as well as the continuing runs of "Life with Father," "Oklahoma!", "Harvey," "State of the Union," "Born Yesterday," "Annie Get Your Gun" -- stop, I can't take any more, where's my Time Machine? There were also, of course, numerous plays that look fascinating to historical theatre buffs, even though they may have bombed at the time and are now utterly forgotten -- like "Love Goes to Press" by Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles, which chalked up a mere five performances. If you're a movie or theatre fan, I can guarantee that flipping through this volume will provide hours of solid entertainment and occasional delight. Look, there's a fantastic full-page photo of young Patricia Neal in "Another Part of the Forest," her first important Broadway role; Howard Keel (when he was still "Harold Keel") in the then-current cast of "Oklahoma!"; and future Stooge Joe Besser in "If the Shoe Fits." Also highlighted are the season's "Promising Personalities" (Patricia Neal was one of those, although many of the others never rose to anything resembling stardom or fame). Includes brief biographies of numerous actors, obituaries of those who died that year, a full name and title index, and more! . (Inventory #: 24574)
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