Theatre Nerd Edition
These books are recommended for ages 14 and above.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THROUGH THE WINDOW
By: Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul
Available In: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook, Audio CD
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.
This is the official behind-the-scenes book of the hit musical that won 6 Tony Awards! From developing the idea to writing the show, composing, casting, and rehearsals, DEAR EVAN HANSEN: THROUGH THE WINDOW appeals to fans far and wide.
Filled with interviews with the cast and crew, original behind-the-scenes photography, a deeper look into Evan's fictional world and the visual world of the show. You'll find unreleased lyrics, the libretto, as well as reflections on the creator's own formative memories from their adolescence as it relates to the show's themes.
DRAMA HIGH: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF A BRILLIANT TEACHER, A STRUGGLING TOWN, AND THE MAGIC OF THEATRE
By: Michael Sokolove
Available in: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
Why would the multimillionaire producer of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of Les Misérables?
To see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows such as Rent and Spring Awakening before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation.
Michael Sokolove, a Levittown native and former student of Volpe’s, chronicles the drama director’s last school years and follows a group of student actors as they work through riveting dramas both on and off the stage. This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater.
By: Eddie Shapiro
Available In: Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback
In Nothing Like a Dame, theater journalist Eddie Shapiro opens a jewelry box full of glittering surprises, through in-depth conversations with twenty leading women of Broadway. He carefully selected Tony Award-winning stars who have spent the majority of their careers in theater.
The women he interviewed spent endless hours with him, discussing their careers, offering insights into the iconic shows, changes on Broadway over the last century, and the art (and thrill) of taking the stage night after night.
Chita Rivera describes the experience of starring in musicals in each of the last seven decades; Audra McDonald gives her thoughts on the work that went into the five Tony Awards she won before turning forty-one; and Carol Channing reflects on how she has revisited the same starring role generation after generation, and its effects on her career.
This fascinating collection reveals the artistic genius and human experience of the women who have made Broadway musicals more popular than ever-a must for anyone who loves the theater.
LOVE & WAR: AN ALEX & ELIZA STORY
By: Melissa de la Cruz
Available In: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook
NOTE: Several months ago we posted Alex & Eliza as a suggestion for older teen readers. Now Melissa de la Cruz has added Love & War to the story and has promised even more books in the future!
1781. Albany, New York.
As the war for American independence rages on, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler begin their new life as a married couple. Still, Alex is as determined as ever to prove his mettle and secure his legacy . . . even if that means leaving his beloved Eliza behind to join the front lines at the Battle of Yorktown.
But when the war unexpectedly arrives on Eliza's doorstep, she must fight for a better future--for their fledgling country and for her marriage.
Even after the Revolution comes to its historic close, Alex and Eliza's happily-ever-after is threatened. Eliza struggles to build a home in the hustle and bustle of New York City just as Alex's burgeoning law practice brings him up against his greatest rival--the ambitious young lawyer Aaron Burr.
With Alex's star on the rise, Eliza can't help but feel neglected by a husband who seems to have time for everyone but her. Torn apart by new trials and temptations, can Alex and Eliza's epic love survive life in the big city?