Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lights on Broadway

If you have been following My World-Mi Mundo then you know how much I enjoy Broadway Shows. Last year, I wrote about the amazing Broadway Show In The Heights which luckily came to Columbus last November. So you can picture my excitement when I found this new book Lights on Broadway A Theatrical Tour from A to Z. This colorful and creative book was written by Harriet Ziefert and the responsible person for the amazing cover and illustration is Elliot Kreloff. Brian Stokes Mitchell also contributed to the success of this book.

Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z

Once you open this book, be ready to find amazing little facts, definitions, and even quotes by famous actors/actresses. For example, on the first page you will find....

A is for Audition
There is a quote by David Alvarez, who played Billy Elliot and his experience, thoughts and feelings the first time he auditioned for a play.
On the left hand side you'll find an brief paragraph that explain what is an audition.
And at the bottom of the page you'll also find two more side notes: what is a headshot and what is the role of the director in an audition.

That was only page number 1. Whether you are a Broadway fan or not, this is a book that explains and teaches so much about the "behind-the-scene" happenings. I don't know how many other books are out there that teaches about Broadway shows to children in such an accessible manner but I sure LOVE this one.

At the end of the book, you'll find three cool extras: a poem written by Brian Stokes Mitchell. You'll also learn about the Actors Fund whose mission is to "help all professionals in performing arts and entertainment." You will be happy to know that a portion of the book sales will be donated to The Actors Fund. And last, but not least, the book includes CD "I Was Here" by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty performed by Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell.

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