The Playbill Broadway Yearbook: June 2008 - May 2009. Fifth annual edition. Edited by Robert Viagas, published by Applause Books/Playbill Books. Hardcover, 470 pages.
Many of the people who work on Broadway keep scrapbooks of their experiences: photos, signed posters, ticket stubs, and, of course the Playbills. These are treasured keepsakes, something to be savored over a lifetime, and then passed on to friends and descendants. Playbill Books, a division of the iconic 125-year-old company that designs the programs for every show on Broadway, has expanded this idea into an annual book that has become a Broadway institution: The Playbill Broadway Yearbook. Taking the form of a high school yearbook, the fifth edition is packed with photos and memorabilia from the entire 2008-2009 Broadway season.
This edition covers the 78 shows that ran on Broadway - not just the new shows like Billy Elliot, God of Carnage, Shrek and Rock of Ages, but the long-running ones from seasons past, like Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Wicked. This year's roster tops 9,000 names.
The Yearbook creators collaborate with correspondents from each show to bring you a uniquely intimate look at the special moments and relationships that develop behind the scenes.
Correspondents this year include Tony-winner Greg Jbara of Billy Elliot, Susan Blackwell and Heidi Blickenstaff, half of the original cast of [title of show], and Baayork Lee, original cast member of A Chorus Line who choreographed the revival.
An "Insider Events" section reports on such highlights as the The Tony Awards, Gypsy of the Year, Broadway Bares, and the Broadway softball championship.
And like any good yearbook, we record the milestones with exclusive photos of events such as opening night curtain calls and cast parties!
This is a book no Broadway buff should be without!
"A magnificent idea - mark this down as a new essential for anyone who loves and follows today's theater scene." - Robert Osbourne, The Hollywood Reporter
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