✓ The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway ¸ Download by ↠´ William Goldman
✓ The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway ¸ Download by ↠´ William Goldman Limelight Author Goldman, A Staunch Homophobe, Analyzes Broadway From The Perspective Of The Audiences, Playwrights, Critics, Producers And Actors A Loose Limbed, Gossipy, Insider, Savvy, Nuts And Bolts Report On The Annual Search For The Winning Numbers That Is Now Big Time American Commercial Theatre Christopher Lehmann Haupt, The New York Times An insightful look at the business and culture of the New York theatre scene Goldman spends a year following everything that goes into making Broadway what it is hits and flops, stagehands and producers, ticket sellers and stars While chronologically forty years out of date, the ideas and attitudes are disturbingly current, and some of Goldman s social opinions and observations, while tainted by the language of the time, are surprisingly progressive.
Mechanically, the book is a master class in why good shows fail and bad shows succeed and again, considering how many decades ago it was written, the extent to which his conclusions apply to the modern theatre is shocking.
Bailed on page 80 thanks to Goldman s bigoted preoccupation with homosexuals and hacky targeting of critics Have never gotten the BFD about this author but thought I might get some insights into the Broadway of the late sixties Got pedestrian prose, homophobia instead Hard pass and never again.
Wading through William s Goldman s sad and hideous opinions on women and homosexuals for his rare insights on the business of Broadway was a chore I can t even recommend you should read it, really, given the sheer number of his worthless rants about woman who have the gall to be unfuckable and homosexuals who dare to exist Yet I admit there is value here, and a surprising amount of resonance with the state of the business today It is up to you, gentle friend, to judge how much bullshit you re willing to tolerate.
A candid look at Broadway, indeed This is probably the best book on the machinations behind the scenes on Broadway ever written Funny, bitchy, gossipy and entertaining lots of inside stuff about how the world of Broadway really works or does not work, in many instances Chapters on critics, producers, gays in the theater, Jews in the theater, Steve and Eydie in the theater from Hamlet to Hello, Dolly , it s all here And the opening chapter on Judy Garland at the Palace is, in itself, worth the price of admission Mr Goldman takes an entire Broadway season, from the first show of the season to the last, and gives us the scoop on how and why each production got to the Great White Way And why Sandy Dennis must have her way As Frank Rich say in his introduction, it s a shame that Mr Goldman never again turne There is a saying in theatre classes, an accepted truism, that the specific a choice the people can relate to it It seems counterintuitive, that specificity can speak to the larger group in ways that generality cannot, yet it is proven over and over again for example, Fun Home, the musical based on Alison Bechdel s graphic memoir, is as specific as it gets a lesbian s coming of age story, set partly in the family s funeral home, about her father s closeted life and how it led to his suicide When I music directed the show in 2017, I had the same reaction that I heard from many in the audience this reminds me of my life Alison s story speaks to anyone who has parents and struggled to connect to them as fallible humans In other words, it speaks to everyone.
Which brings me to The Season, William Goldman most famous, perhaps, for The Princess Bride s non fiction account of the 1967 68 Broadw Goldman s account of the 1967 68 Broadway season is thorough, opinionated, often hilarious, and brutally honest He takes the reader through every aspect of the season and its productions, from directors, producers, and actors, to the nuts and bolts of ticket selling and theatre rentals His merciless criticism spares nobody, yet it isn t malicious or mean spirited I could feel his genuine love for Broadway and his outrage at the state it was in and the state many would say it s still in Though it s forty plus years later, much of what Goldman has to say here still resonates today I highly recommend this if you ve any interest in the subject at all.
There is much that is good and much that is interesting in The Season, but way too much of the book is about things William Goldman hated That included certain actors especially females , producers, theater owners, critics and especially homosexuals The Season is about the 1967 1968 season on Broadway We get a lot of material about the influence of Jews, theater parties, stars, ticket sellers, homosexuals of course on the New York theater What we don t get is much information about the plays that were put on during that season Each chapter discusses one aspect of the Broadway theater and its influence on that season s plays For the most part, the only thing discussed about the plays is the one aspect that chapter is about For example, in the chapter Culture Hero, Goldman writes about how a few people in the theater become culture heroes, spec