By Lawrence Thelen
The Show Makers are twelve of the most creative and influential directors of the contemporary musical theatre. Lawrence Thelen creates lively portraits of theatre people at work: James Lapine's early involvement with photography becomes an influence on Sunday in the Park with George; Harold Prince's early desire to be a playwright is rechanneled into directing; George C. Wolfe speaks of the ongoing involvement of black artists with musicals since the last century; Jerome Robbins, in his final interview, considers collaboration and the role of dance in the musical. Lawrence Thelen's book is part theatre history, part interview volume, part celebration. Richly anecdotal, it communicates the passion and joy that motivate our wizards of the musical stage.
- New York