At This Theatre: 110 Years of Broadway Shows, Stories, and Stars. Written by Robert Viagas, based on Louis Botto's previous editions, with a new forward by Cheyenne Jackson. Revised and updated from the 2000 edition. Published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2010. Hardcover, 450 pages.
Every Broadway theatre lover's favorite history of Broadway is back in an updated and expanded 2010 edition that includes more than 500 color production photos, vintage archival photos, and Playbill covers from all forty currently operating Broadway theatres. The book is an expanded treatment of At This Theatre,the popular feature in Playbill's Broadway theatre programs, which lists notable hits (and some famed fiascos) that have played through the years in the theatre that they are attending.
The original 1984 edition of the book was created by Playbill senior editor Louis Botto. Botto worked with editor Robert Viagas on the 2000 update. With the third edition, Botto has passed the author torch to Viagas, who helped found Playbill.com and the acclaimed Playbill Broadway Yearbook series, and who has written the updates in Botto's style.
At This Theatre tells the complete history of Broadway from the beginning of the 20th century up to today, literally theatre by theatre. The book opens the doors and lets readers really explore the Broadway theatres in New York. From the conception and design of the buildings, to their original creators, and on to the theatres' transformation, often under duress, from legitimate houses to vaudeville and Burlesque, to movie houses and then back to their original purpose, this book captures the magical world of Broadway.
At This Theatre is also filled with page after page of great stories featuring a cast of stars like Ethel Merman, David Merrick, Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, and hundreds more. The book also pays tribute to the distinguished impresarios who built and managed these houses, and the brilliant architects and interior designers who created them.
At This Theatre is the ultimate gift book for every theatre fan on your list, including yourself!
About the author: Robert Viagas is the founder of Playbill.com, host of Radio Playbill, editor of Louis Botto's At This Theatre, and author of books including I'm the Greatest Star!, The Alchemy of Theatre, The Back Stage Guide to Broadway, and On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line.