Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Fourth Review of "Historic Photos of Broadway"

This review of Historic Photos of Broadway comes courtesy of my good friend and compatriot Evans Donnell in Nashville. It's quite effusive and it made me blush. I'm deeply honored.

If I may, here's a tease:

....It's true that theater brings spoken words and living images to us in a way no book can. But an unbalanced chronicle of Broadway that has too many words or too many pictures keeps us from a sense of what shows we never saw were like and how shows we saw should be remembered. This volume happily avoids those extremes.

Jacobs uses thorough research, a deft writing style and selections from the extraordinary photo collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Billy Rose Theatre Division to tell us how Broadway came to be the Broadway we know today. His compilation manages to educate and entertain at the same time....

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