Theatre: History

Footnotes

Footnotes

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The triumphant story of how an all-Black Broadway cast and crew changed musical theatre--and the world--forever.

This musical introduced Black excellence to the Great White Way. Broadway was forever changed and we, who stand on the shoulders of our brilliant ancestors, are charged with the very often elusive task of carrying that torch into our present.--Billy Porter, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning actor

If Hamilton, Rent, or West Side Story captured your heart, you'll love this in-depth look into the rise of the 1921 Broadway hit, Shuffle Along, the first all-Black musical to succeed on Broadway. No one was sure if America was ready for a show featuring nuanced, thoughtful portrayals of Black characters--and the potential fallout was terrifying. But from the first jazzy, syncopated beats of composers Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, New York audiences fell head over heels.

Footnotes is the story of how Sissle and Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism, and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance and produce a runaway Broadway hit that launched the careers of many of the twentieth century's most beloved Black performers. Born in the shadow of slavery and establishing their careers at a time of increasing demands for racial justice and representation for people of color, they broke down innumerable barriers between Black and white communities at a crucial point in our history.

Author and pop culture expert Caseen Gaines leads readers through the glitz and glamour of New York City during the Roaring Twenties to reveal the revolutionary impact one show had on generations of Americans, and how its legacy continues to resonate today.

Praise for Footnotes:
A major contribution to culture.--Brian Jay Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Jim Henson: The Biography

With meticulous research and smooth storytelling, Caseen Gaines significantly deepens our understanding of one of the key cultural events that launched the Harlem Renaissance.--A Lelia Bundles, New York Times bestselling author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

Absorbing...--The Wall Street Journal

Harpo Speaks! (USED)
Harpo Speaks! (USED)
Harpo Speaks! (USED)

Harpo Speaks!

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"This is a riotous story which is reasonably mad and as accurate as a Marx brother can make it. Despite only a year and a half of schooling, Harpo, or perhaps his collaborator, is the best writer of the Marx Brother. Highly recommended." Library Journal

"A funny, affectionate and unpretentious autobiography done with a sharply professional assist from Rowland Barber." New York Times Book Review

Bernard Geis Associates, 1961, stated First Printing.  Dust jacket in protective cover; dj has tears and creases; spine tanned; covers soiled and scuffed; edges tanned; blue cloth spine over light blue boards speckled with red and yellow; gilt lettering on spine; spine edges pulled; hinges weak; binding floppy in middle; text and photos clean. G/G-

I Am Not Spock (1st mass market paperback)
I Am Not Spock (1st mass market paperback)

I Am Not Spock (1st mass market paperback)

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Leonard Nimoy, the actor, recounts his experiences acting the role of Mr. Spock, Star Trek's unflappable Vulcan, his reactions to his fame, and his continuing identification with Spock

Del Rey, 1977, first Ballantine Books edition. Mass market paperback.  VG++

Siegfried  and  Roy:  Mastering  the  Impossible  (Signed  1st  edition)
Siegfried  and  Roy:  Mastering  the  Impossible  (Signed  1st  edition)
Siegfried  and  Roy:  Mastering  the  Impossible  (Signed  1st  edition)

Siegfried and Roy: Mastering the Impossible (Signed 1st edition)

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This rags-to-riches story of the highest paid performers in live entertainment tells how Siegfried and Roy climbed from their troubled childhoods in wartime Germany to the heights of show business with their amazing Las Vegas magic show.

1st edition; inscribed by Siegfried and Roy. Dust jacket has minor soiling on rear cover; slight cant to volume; bundled with program, two tickets, postcard of the Mirage, and slightly soiled napkin from the Mirage. VG/VG