The story of the first and last interracial comedy team in show business is chronicled in a firsthand volume that unearths a largely forgotten chapter in the history of comedy.
A volume of critical interpretations of significant modern films features the writer's scholarly and cultural observations about such works as Brokeback Mountain, World Trade Center, and Troy, accompanied by his insights into the theater and literature, from Euripides to Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex. By the author of The Lost. 25,000 first printing.
The author explains how late-night programming plays its own role in shaping public perception of government and the political process in this exploration of what Americans have found so funny about our political institutions and the people who inhabit them.
An international ballet star traces his childhood in the impoverished suburbs of Havana, his adolescent participation in break-dancing and delinquency that prompted his enrollment in ballet school, and his prestigious performances throughout Cuba, the United States, and Europe. 20,000 first printing.
A history of the WPA's Federal Theater Project in the 1930s traces the role of project leader Hallie Flanagan in transforming the Roosevelt administration relief effort into a platform for some of performing art's most inventive and controversial achievements. 25,000 first printing.
A social and cultural history of New York's 1849 Astor Place Riots describes how a petty feud between two celebrated Shakespearean actors of the era—William Charles Macready and Edwin Forrest—led to a violent and bloody public disturbance that resulted in the deaths of more than thirty people. 25,000 first printing.
Documents the cultural revolution behind the making of 1967's five Best Picture-nominated films, including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, Doctor Doolittle, In the Heat of the Night, and Bonnie and Clyde, in an account that discusses how the movies reflected period beliefs about race, violence, and identity. 40,000 first printing.
Chronicles the competition between three contending groups for the Collegiate A Cappella championship, evaluating how their achievements reflect a rising surge in the music form's popularity, as well as the diversity that has shaped its expression.
Provides background information on the artist, scene-by-scene analyses of his most famous operas, a critical discussion of musical recordings, and a crash course in opera "lobby talk"
Evaluates the powerful influence of pop music on the author's coming-of-age years, describing how music defined her early life while conversely providing her an escape from her own realities.