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History & Criticism

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    The Show Won't Go On

    The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage

    Unabridged

    8 hours 17 min

    There has never been a show business book quite like The Show Won't Go On, the first comprehensive study of a bizarre phenomenon: performers who died onstage. From the comedy magician who dropped dead on live television to the amateur thespian who expired during a play called The Art of Murder, the book is a celebration of lives both famous and obscure, as well as a dramatic and accurate ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Beyond Broadway

    The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America

    by Stacy Wolf ...
    Narrated by Romy Nordlinger ...

    Unabridged

    15 hours 10 min

    The idea of American musical theatre often conjures up images of bright lights and big city, but its lifeblood is found in amateur productions at high schools, community theatres, afterschool programs, summer camps, and dinner theatres. In Beyond Broadway, author Stacy Wolf looks at the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in US culture, and examines it as a social practice-a ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary

    Unabridged

    11 hours 1 min

    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare. More than that, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions.Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding in his analogies between Shakespearean situations and those in modern life and ... Read more

    $34.37 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Playing to the Gods

    Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting Forever

    by Peter Rader ...
    Narrated by Amanda Carlin ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 57 min

    The riveting story of the rivalry between the two most renowned actresses of the nineteenth century: legendary Sarah Bernhardt, whose eccentricity on and off the stage made her the original diva, and mystical Eleonora Duse, who broke all the rules to popularize the natural style of acting we celebrate today.Audiences across Europe and the Americas clamored to see the divine Sarah Bernhardt swoon ... Read more

    $26.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    George Bernard Shaw

    A Very Short Introduction

    Narrated by Roger Clark ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 41 min

    George Bernard Shaw has been called the second greatest playwright in English (after William Shakespeare) and one of the inventors of modern celebrity as the most famous public intellectual of his time. Beginning in the 1880s, as a critic and as a playwright, he transformed British drama, bringing to it intellectual substance, ethical imperatives, and modernity itself, setting the theatrical ... Read more

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    Seeds of the Abbey

    Unabridged

    1 hour 14 min

    Begun in 1904 as the national theatre of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre featured the work of Lady Gregory, JM Synge, and famed poet William Butler Yeats: a home for native Irish writers writing in English and sometimes in Gaelic. The first home they had was a mortuary which they humorously referred to as "The Abbey." CART's tribute program was selected by Peggy Webber McClory from among the earliest ... Read more

    $17.97 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Big Deal

    Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical

    by Kevin Winkler ...
    Narrated by Paul Boehmer ...

    Unabridged

    17 hours 23 min

    Bob Fosse (1927-1987) is recognized as one of the most significant figures in post-World War II American musical theater. With his first Broadway musical, The Pajama Game, in 1954, the "Fosse style" was already fully developed, with its trademark hunched shoulders, turned-in stance, and stuttering, staccato jazz movements. Fosse moved decisively into the role of director with Redhead in 1959 and ... Read more

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    Il laboratorio teatrale integrato “Piero Gabrielli”

    Elementi di trasferibilità di una prassi alle radici dell’inclusione

    Unabridged

    2 hours 50 min

    Una ricostruzione storica della vicenda del Laboratorio teatrale integrato Piero Gabrielli di Roma: dall’idea di teatro integrato, aperto a ragazzi disabili e non, che Piero Gabrielli si adoperò, nel 1981, per rendere realtà, fino agli anni del consolidamento.Con lo sguardo di una teatrante e formatrice, che si occupa di pedagogia, disabilità e inclusione, l'autrice delinea gli aspetti ... Read more

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    Great Entertainers' Lives

    A BBC biography collection

    Unabridged

    14 hours 13 min

    Well-known personalities pick their favourite entertainers for BBC Radio 4's Great LivesOne of the BBC's most acclaimed programmes, Great Lives has been a regular Radio 4 fixture for 20 years, presented by Joan Bakewell, Humphrey Carpenter, Francine Stock and Matthew Parris. Every week, a famous name is invited into the studio to nominate a figure from the past who has inspired them, and discuss ... Read more

    $30.29 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Footnotes

    The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way

    by Caseen Gaines ...
    Narrated by Caseen Gaines ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 32 min

    For readers of Hidden Figures and Something Wonderful, Footnotes is the story of New York in the roaring twenties and the very first Broadway show with an all-Black cast and creative team to succeed―and the indelible mark left on our popular culture.These pioneering performers and the creators (composer Eubie Blake and lyricist Noble Sissle) sowed the seeds of the Harlem jazz scene and paved the ... Read more

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    Lenny Henry's What's So Great About...?

    And 4 other BBC documentaries

    by Lenny Henry ...
    Narrated by Lenny Henry ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 50 min

    A collection of BBC radio shows presented by comedian and actor Lenny Henry.Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, TV presenter: Lenny Henry is a multi-talented Renaissance man with a wide range of interests. But there are a few things (and people) he just doesn't get, despite their iconic status - and in ***What's So Great About...?***, he explores them to find out what makes them so appealing ... Read more

    $24.61 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    All That Jazz

    The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

    by Ethan Mordden ...
    Narrated by Joel Froomkin ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 44 min

    In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths-the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamour of the big-city newspaper, the mad decade of the 1920s, the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and the Wild West gangsterville that was the city of Chicago itself. The tale of a young woman who murders her departing lover and then ... Read more

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    Emmett Miller: An Obscure Minstrel Yodeler Who Changed Music Forever

    by Jack Norton ...
    Narrated by Jack Norton ...

    Unabridged

    41 min

    One of the strangest, most obscure, and intriguing stories from the last century of American music is that of Emmett Miller. He helped define the popular music of the last 75 years, and for the most part, today he is all but forgotten. Emmett Miller left many legacies which influenced the American musical landscape for generations. Certainly his singing style - the odd nasal pitch tone, along with ... Read more

    $8.97 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Eating of the Gods

    An Interpretation of Greek Tragedy

    Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 54 min

    In The Eating of theGods the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy fromthe modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare, OurContemporary, Kottprovides startling insights and intuitive leaps which link our world to that ofthe ancient Greeks. The title refers to the Bacchae of Euripides, thattragedy of lust, revenge, murder, and “the joy of eating raw flesh” ... Read more

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    Roy Hart Theatre at Malérargues

    Unabridged

    7 hours 58 min

    The origin, philosophy and work of Roy Hart Theatre is profound, in particular its research into the extended 'human voice', and it has been the subject of many books and serious disertations. Yet the story of Roy Hart Theatre at Malérargues has been equally dramatic, tragic, comic, touching, thrilling and entertaining as anything they have ever done on stage.In 1974 forty-seven members of Roy ... Read more

    $22.46 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Politics and Performance

    Theater in the 20th Century

    by Megan Lewis ...
    Narrated by Megan Lewis ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 16 min

    For most theatregoers today, Realism is the standard. We are accustomed to seeing characters on stage who walk, talk, and sound just like real people. Everyday speech is commonplace in theatrical scripts, as are stage sets that look and feel and smell like real places - complete with running water and electric lights that work exactly as if we were in a real apartment, or office, or kitchen. But ... Read more

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    Shakespearean

    On Life & Language in Times of Disruption

    by Robert McCrum ...
    Narrated by Ben Allen ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 38 min

    'Enchanting' Simon Russell Beale --- 'Remarkable' James Shapiro'Wonderful . . . compulsively readable' Nicholas HytnerWhy do the collected works of an Elizabethan writer continue to speak to us as if they were written yesterday?When Robert McCrum began his recovery from a life-changing stroke, described in My Year Off, he discovered that the only words that made sense to him were snatches of ... Read more

    $22.70 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Age of Shakespeare

    by Frank Kermode ...
    Narrated by Paul Hecht ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 39 min

    Britain's most esteemed scholar of 16th and 17th century literature, Frank Kermode is also a noted author and professor. In this Modern Library Chronicle, he uses the context of the Elizabethan Era to link each of Shakespeare's plays to their probable years of creation. By portraying the bard's England in terms of its society, economy, and arts, Kermode provides an invaluable guide to ... Read more

    $23.95 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Tradition!

    The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World's Most Beloved Musical

    Narrated by Adam Grupper ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 40 min

    Since it first opened on Broadway in September, 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has constantly been onstage somewhere, including five Broadway revivals, four productions on London's West End and thousands of schools, army bases and countries from Argentina to Japan. Barbara Isenberg interviewed the men and women behind the original production, the film and significant revivals-- Harold Prince, Sheldon ... Read more

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    Greek Drama

    Tragedy and Comedy

    by Peter Meineck ...
    Narrated by Peter Meineck ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 21 min

    The plays of one ancient city 2,500 years ago by just four playwrights have had a profound effect on the development of all subsequent Western drama, not only on the theatrical stage, but on opera, film, television, stand-up comedy, and dance-in fact, most, if not all, of the live arts owe a debt to the theatre of ancient Greece and the city of Athens. This course will examine the social, ... Read more

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    Stars and Spies

    The story of Intelligence Operations…

    Unabridged

    15 hours 38 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.A vastly entertaining and unique history of the interaction between spying and showbiz, from the Elizabethan age to the Cold War and beyond.Throughout history, there has been a consistent crossover between show business and espionage, often producing some of the most extraordinary undercover agents, and occasionallyleading to disastrous and dangerous failures. The fact ... Read more

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    A Little Devil in America

    In Praise of Black Performance

    Narrated by JD Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 38 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.An electrifying celebration of Black performances, cultures and communities in the United States, from the New York Times bestselling poet and critic Hanif AbdurraqibAt the March on Washington, Josephine Baker reflected on her life and her legacy. She had spent decades as one of the most successful entertainers in the world, but, she told the crowd, "I was a devil in ... Read more

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    Putting It Together

    How Stephen Sondheim and I Created Sunday in the Park with George

    Unabridged

    7 hours 10 min

    Putting It Together chronicles the two-year odyssey of creating the iconic Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. In 1982, James Lapine, at the beginning of his career as a playwright and director, met Stephen Sondheim, nineteen years his senior and already a legendary Broadway composer and lyricist. Shortly thereafter, the two decided to write a musical inspired by Georges Seurat’s ... Read more

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    The Drama of Celebrity

    by Sharon Marcus ...
    Narrated by Olivia Vinall ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 36 min

    This audiobook narrated by Olivia Vinall provides a bold new account of how celebrity worksWhy do so many people care so much about celebrities? Who decides who gets to be a star? What are the privileges and pleasures of fandom? Do celebrities ever deserve the outsized attention they receive?In this fascinating and deeply researched book, Sharon Marcus challenges everything you thought you knew ... Read more

    $44.85 AUD or free with audiobook trial