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The Great Parade [KINDLE] ✽ The Great Parade By Peter Filichia – It was the Broadway season when Barbra Streisand demanded Don't Rain on My Parade and Carol Channing heard the waiters at the Harmonia Gardens say Hello Dolly From June 1 1963 through the final day of It was the Broadway season when Barbra Streisand demanded Don't Rain on My Parade and Carol Channing heard the waiters at the Harmonia Gardens say Hello Dolly From June through the final day of May theatergoers were offered different productions new plays new comedies new musicals revivals of plays revues plays in Yiddish in French double bill and even puppet show Peter Filichia's The Great Parade will look at what a Broadway season The Great PDF/EPUB ² looked like a half century ago analyzing the hits the flops the trends the surprises the disappointments the stars and even how the assassination of JFK and the arrival of the Beatles affected Broadway The Great Parade is a chronicle of a Broadway season unprecedented in the star power onstage Barbara Streisand Carol Channing Claudette Colbert Colleen Dewhurst Hal Holbrook Mary Martin Christopher Plummer Robert Preston Julie Harris Jason Robards Jr Carol Burnett Tallulah Bankhead Alec Guinness Kirk Douglas Albert Finney Paul Newman Joanne Woodward Richard Burton Mary Martin Beatrice Lillie Hermione Gingold Robert Redford and many Neil Simon and Stephen Sondheim burst on to the Broadway stage with Barefoot in the Park and Anyone Can Whistle The ' ' season was one of Broadway's greatest and in The Great Parade Peter Filichia gives us another classic.

10 thoughts on “The Great Parade

  1. James James says:

    Unreadable Venturing into 170 pages of this 260 page book was too far to go meandering poor continuity and usually just incomprehensible Author Filichia a Broadway critic 'tries' to tell the history of the 163 64 season of Broadway stage musicals and plays but his fade in and fade out on the plays and their plots and the people involved is so badly constructed and confusing It reads like really small musical inebriated tap dancer pranced on the keys of his computer without any sense of rhythm A book on Broadway that you should 'close' before it opens

  2. Sammy Sammy says:

    What a shambles of a book The idea of a Broadway season analysed in close detail is an intriguing one but the writing is unbearable the structure chaotic Even reading the synopses of musicals that I'm very familiar with such as Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle I came away confused than when I began Perhaps it's because I like to offer redemptive readings that I struggle with carefree bitchiness and that differentiates me from the author Perhaps it's just that providing a work's plot synopsis in the past tense is a bewildering choice Filichia is both too clever for himself throwing in casual references to obscure lyrics from other obscure shows and far too dull for the reader This is for die hards only; a feast of in jokes and smugness but little elseDeserves to be as forgotten as the 1963 64 Broadway season Nay so

  3. Bart Bart says:

    I loved this book

  4. Dolores Dolores says:

    This information packed book looks at the Broadway season of 1963 64 analyzing the hits flops stars and even how the assassination of President Kennedy and the arrival of the Beatles in New York affected Broadway The inclusion of the opinions of the daily newspaper critics and their differing viewpoints is interestingI particularly enjoyed reading about the major musicals including Hello Dolly and Funny Girl A couple of items Louis Armstrong's gravelly rendition of Hello Dolly resulted in his first No 1 hit since 1932 And Barbra Streisand wasn't uite 22 when she opened in Funny Girl Many people thought she was too young to pull it off but they were so wrongAnyone who is interested in Broadway shows and the theater should love this bookI certainly did And I appreciate receiving it free from Goodreads First Reads

  5. Russell J. J. Russell J. J. says:

    When I was in junior high in the early 1960s I carted around a copy of David Ewen’s Complete Book of the American Musical Theater I was never without it and it was heavy I tell you My point is this theater obsessed boy was fascinated by Ewen’s accounts of the musicals that had played Broadway since Broadway began Later in the decade when I acuired a copy William Goldman’s The Season in which Goldman analyzed every production of the 1967 1968 Broadway season I was enraptured This never out of Texas boy felt he’d gone to NYC seen the bright lights of Broadway and experienced Nirvana That junior high theater nut since then has read countless books about theater and they have never failed to enlighten entertain and fuel my lust for theater Until now Peter Filichia’s The Great Parade Broadway’s Astonishing Never To Be Forgotten 1963 1964 Season for me was a colossal bore Filichia is so full of himself as a writer His style is cutesy riddled with puns and what he considers insider information He speaks of the musicals first and then he tackles the comedies the dramas the revivals the shows that featured anything about minorities and the cast albums So Filichia certainly did his research and it is exhaustive But the book is exhausting Why do so many of the dramas need a four or five page summary from first word spoken to curtain call? And does Filichia love theater at all? I just didn’t get that feeling as he endlessly analyzes why shows failed but doesn’t do much praising Instead he seems very focused on critics’ reactions and the personal peccadillos of actors directors and producers And he most certainly doesn’t seem to have much love for women superstars He has very few kind words for the first lady of musical theater Mary Martin Elizabeth Taylor who didn’t appear on Broadway that season is mentioned simply because Richard Burton was on Broadway then and Filichia ridicules her for her many marriages as if that has anything to do with his analysis of Burton’s Hamlet Filichia seems pissed off that Barbra Streisand chose the movies over theater and yet his opinion of Funny Girl is fairly low so why does he care that she never came back to Broadway? He saved the most vitriol for American legend Carol Burnett He lets us know that she can’t sing and killed a show because she preferred TV to live theater which seems to me to be an oversimplification of the turmoil surrounding her show Fade Out Fade In Further after trashing one of American’s most beloved performers he lets us know that she didn’t return to Broadway for many years until “no other branch of entertainment was courting her” Somehow I can’t imagine a woman who is almost worshipped by TV fans made several well received movies proved herself a supremely wonderful dramatic actress in her TV film Friendly Fire and did sold out concerts returned to Broadway because she was desperate to work I can see producers clamoring to present her in a show however and the show she chose Putting It Together a compendium of Sondheim songs was uite delightful showing off Burnett’s comedic skills and her exuisite delivery of song No Filichia seems to be puffing wanting us to believe he knows everything there is to know about theater And for that he gets an award one of my few book reviews that rate one star

  6. Brandi Brandi says:

    Sometimes I feel like I was born a couple decades too lateThe only Broadway play I had the privilege of seeing was Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express when I was a kid I've also seen a couple Off Broadway but it's just not the sameIn The Great Parade Broadway's Astonishing Never to Be Forgotten 1963 1964 Season author Peter Filichia discusses the hits and misses of the 1963 1964 Broadway Season I would love to have seen Fiddler on the Roof Hello Dolly Folies Bergère Funny Girl and The Owl and the Pussycat back in their heyday along with many of the other shows featured during that season Though that could obviously never happen reading Filichia's book was the next best thing I was surprised by the sheer star power present on stage during the season as well I would love to have seen Paul Newman Joanne Woodward Claudette Colbert Carol Channing and Tallulah Bankhead back in the day Mr Filichia's book provides an excellent historical view of the 63 64 season and I would recommend it to any theatre lovers who are interested in what the Broadway season looked like a half century ago I would definitelt read of this author's works in the futureThis book was won from the Goodreadscom website

  7. V. Briceland V. Briceland says:

    Peter Filichia's survey of every theatrical production—whether play musical or revival—that hit the Broadway stages during the 1963 1964 season reads very much like a livelier less cynical infinitely less hateful response to William Goldman's The Season A Candid Look at Broadway Filichia isn't really concerned in exposing Broadway's seedy and less than masculine underbelly He simply celebrates a year packed with unusually good productions and does so show by show regardless of whether it ended up running for than seven years like Hello Dolly or for nine nights sorry Anyone Can WhistleI found the late book chapter on minorities both racial and sexual on Broadway particularly interesting—who knew that African Americans comprised so much of the cast of Here's Love? If the book has a weak spot it's in the plot summaries of some of the obscure plays; Filichia has a tendency to romp through his synopses with great enthusiasm but a marked disregard for crystal clarity I found myself having to re read than one of them closely to get the gist

  8. Ray Ray says:

    The Great Parade contains everything you would like to know about the Broadway season that started in June of 1963 and wrapped up in May of 1964 and uite a bit It is well researched and details each of the shows musicals comedies dramas revivals and other odds ends that played on The Great White Way and even some that never actually arrived The best known Hello Dolly Funny Girl Barefoot in the Park Any Wednesday Dylan The Deputy Luther and The Subject was Roses My problem with the writing was the author's imposition of his own critiues onto each production It would irritate me to hear him talk about a 'possible' song that could have gone into a scene to enhance it but alas was never written It's one thing to give your opinion about a show another to talk about how you would have made it better That's what dropped a '4 star' revue to 3 stars for me

  9. Richard Richard says:

    Since I am a big theatre geek and a fan of Filichia's earlier writings I expected this to be an excellent read Unfortunately it was too geeky even for me lots of details and speculation about completely forgotten shows This is definitely a book for skimming I don't believe anyone will read every single word

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