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Lights on Broadway
A Theatrical Tour from A to Z

by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by Elliot Kreloff
With Brian Stokes Mitchell [book introduction & postscript and song performance on CD]

Before you ever open Lights on Broadway, you’ll be blown away by its beautifully designed and colorful cover. In fact, each page within it is flush with bold illustrations that capture the joy and excitement of Broadway. From "audience" to "orchestra" to "zing," the book’s creators invite young readers to examine the collaborative elements necessary to produce a Broadway play or musical, from A to Z.

Each dramatic term associated with its alphabetical letter ("G is for Grip") is defined in text and illustrated. Throughout Lights on Broadway, vivid quotes from Broadway stars and icons infuse it with realized passion. This book will undoubtedly inspire budding actors, playwrights, and costume designers of Broadway plays and musicals to come. In fact, Lights on Broadway may prompt even little cyber addicts to reach out for performing arts. So, don’t be surprised if after reading this book your kids want voice, dance, and drama lessons!

Included with Lights on Broadway is a CD single of Broadway Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell performing the song "I was Here" from the musical The Glorious Ones. Noteworthy also, a portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to The Actors Fund.

The Book

Blue Apple Books
October 14, 2009
Hardback plus CD
Children’s Nonfiction / Performing Arts / Ages 8+
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NOTE: Single CD included; also, a portion of proceeds from the sale of book will be donated to The Actors Fund

The Reviewer

Deb Kincaid
Reviewed 2009
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