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07-15: Theater


Theater is an important topic in our society as it offers entertainment and enlightenment.  This is even more so due to BCCLS proximity to New York City. The ability to search and find theatrical productions that are professional (Broadway and Off-Broadway) as well as amateur productions including school productions is unparalleled among other areas of the country in diversity and sheer number of productions. It is a good time to take a look at the collections available to support the interest and pursuit of theater. It should be noted that these suggestions for weeding are merely suggestions and are not the final word on this topic by any means. This is just a guide.

The C.R.E.W. guidelines are as follows:

791 (Public Performance) is the Dewey number that focuses on theater.  According to the CREW method, “this section can include memoirs of actors and performers  writing about their craft and overviews or histories of film  genres (e.g., horror film, best western movies). It also includes books of trivia based on popular movies and television shows.”  Weed based on interest and condition (10/2/MUSTIE).

The purpose of this weeding tip is to provide an overview of what to acquire and possibly discard for theater.

For searching in Polaris, the term “theater” or “theatre” will retrieve between 1000 and 1600 records, far too many to look through quickly and efficiently. The use of the following subjects on the left window panel (facets) will greatly assist in narrowing your search. Some of the subjects that are relevant are:  drama, actors, amateur theater, theaters, American drama, and acting.

Suggestions for Weeding

  • At this theatre: 100 years of Broadway shows, stories and stars by Louis Botto, 2002 (1557835667)
  • Break a leg! the kids' book of acting and stagecraft by Lise Friedman, 2002 (0761122087)
  • Burns Mantle theater yearbook of ... featuring the ten best plays of the season by Otis L. Guernsey et al., 1990 (control # 205339)
  • It happened on Broadway: an oral history of the great white compiled by Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer, 1998 (0151002800)
  • The city and the theatre: New York playhouses from Bowling Green to Times Square by Mary C. Henderson, 1973 (088371003X)
  • The magic of theater: behind the scenes with today's leading actors by David Black, 1993 (0025111558)
  • New complete book of the American musical theater by David Ewen, 1970 (0030850606)
  • Off the wall at Sardi's by Vincent Sardi, Jr. and Thomas Edward West, 1991 (1557830517)
  • A pictorial history of the American theatre, 1860-1980 by Daniel Blum, 1981 (0517542625)
  • The Oxford companion to the theatre edited by Phyllis Hartnoll, 1967 (control # 69501)
  • Theater by Jacques Burdick, 1974 (0882251031)


Suggestions for Purchase

  • Anything goes: a history of American musical theater by Ethan Mordden, 2013 (9780199892839)
  • Beautiful chaos: a life in the theater by Carey Perloff, 2015 (9781931404143)
  • Nothing like a dame: conversations with the great women of musical theater by Eddie Shapiro, 2015 (9780199941209)
  • Black Broadway: African Americans on the great white way by Stewart F. Layne, 2015 (9780757003882)
  • Drama high: the incredible true story of a brilliant teacher a struggling town and the magic of theater by Michael Sokolove, 2014 (9781594488221)
  • Music and theater top tens by Sandra Donovan, 2015 (9781467738439)
  • Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom, 2015 (9780307265692)
  • The Untold stories of Broadway: tales from the world's most famous theaters (Volume 1) by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, 2013 (9780985471866)


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