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Product Details

  • Series: Chisholm Trail Series (Book 20)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875652018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875652016
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jan Jones is a Fort Worth native who has taught theater and English in the Metroplex for almost thirty years. Her interest in Casa Mañana began in 1980 when she wrote her master’s thesis on the current theater-in-the-round. This is her first book.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Who would have thought Fort Worth would be the site of one of Broadway's legendary producers biggest triumphs. Anyone interested in the world of 1930's showbiz and the freewheeling politics of Texas during the depression this book is a goldmine.
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In my 1960s era teenage years, I attended more than sixty productions at the Fort Worth, Texas, geodesic domed theater, Casa Manana. Those musicals--including indelibly memorable shows like West Side Story, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, and others--shaped my life, providing for me a pastime and a profession that has incredibly enriched me. I knew at the time that Casa Manana was so-named because a theater had been on that site back in the Texas Centennial Year 1936 and that the original Casa Manana productions were overseen by the legendary theater producer Billy Rose. Beyond that, I knew nothing about the history of this iconic theater and Fort Worth treasure. Then I stumbled upon Fort Worth author Jan Jones's book Billy Rose Presents...Casa Manana. Filled with photos and anecdotes, the original Casa comes to life in this book, driving home the point that it was a magnificent achievement indeed. The theater garnered nationwide publicity and made Billy Rose into a powerhouse. The guy was blustery and pushy, caring more for his own paycheck than anything else. But he had a vision, and that vision was an elaborate one. He brought to Fort Worth, then still almost a dusty frontier town, some of the great talents of the day, among them Paul Whiteman and his orchestra and the infamous fan dancer Sally Rand. Like any good theater of the depression era, there were "girls," gorgeous costumes, lots of music and spectacle, and just a bit of scandal. And Jones lays it all bare in this wonderful book. In telling her tale, we meet iconic Fort Worth citizens, names I knew growing up, but with this book, they are no longer just names on buildings, but flesh and blood figures who shaped the history of my home town. Billy Rose Presents...Read more ›
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By Doc on February 20, 2015
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ypu may have to be from ft worth to care about Casa Mañana but it is a very cool tale about a fast time of growth in Texas. And a city moving from Wild West to 'where the west begins'
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
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excellent! just excellent! The content of this book and unexpected history of ft.worth astonished me!
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