There are several books that provide detailed looks at how great Broadway
musicals developed --
Altman, Richard and Mervyn Kaufman. The
Making of a Musical: Fiddler on the Roof. New York: Crown Publishers,
1971. A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the major stage and screen
incarnations of a beloved classic.
Chapin, Ted. Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical
Follies. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. An absorbing behind the
scenes look at the development of a controversial masterwork. Beautifully
written, frank but never mean spirited, this is an instant classic in the
field of musical theatre history.
Dunn, Don. The Making of No, No, Nanette. Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel
Press, 1972. Although hard to find, this is the dishiest book ever on
the madness involved in putting a Broadway musical together.
Wilk, Max. OK! The Story of Oklahoma!
New York: Grove Press, 1993. A meticulously researched look back at the
gestation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's landmark hit. Packed with anecdotes
and great photos!
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