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Grade 3-5–Deep beneath the grand but dilapidated Sovereign on New York Citys Broadway, in a perfect miniature of the theater, a group of mice are furiously rehearsing for their own musical, due to open the next night, New Years Eve. However, the tempestuous leading lady, Adelaide, gets caught in a mousetrap, is abandoned outside the city, but with the help of a kindly stranger makes her way back in time for the performance. Alls well that ends well, but readers may not stick it out to the happy finale. So many stock characters are introduced so quickly–only a few of whom are fleshed out even to the smallest degree–that it is impossible to care about the fate of any of them. A long list of the characters at the front and a glossary of theatrical terms in the back add nothing to childrens appreciation of the magic of Broadway musicals.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Gr. 4-6. Edwards and her daughter have teamed up to create an affectionate spoof of New York theater life featuring a cast of mice who perform in a tiny theater, located in a forgotten area of an old, once-exquisite theater built for humans. New Year's Eve is approaching and along with it the wrecking ball, leaving the mice just enough time to produce one last musical revue, Broadway Airs. When the show's star, diva Adelaide, disappears into a mouse trap and is transported to Brooklyn, the cast does its best to work around her. In the meantime, Adelaide undertakes an arduous journey back to Times Square--arriving at the theater just in time for her dramatic final number. The mice are clever and appealing without being saccharine, the local color is well done, and the show-biz jokes are sure to keep young theater buffs rolling in the aisles. With chapter titles plucked from program notes and a complete list of theater terms appended, this hilarious tale will appeal to would-be thespians everywhere. Black-and-white illustrations, not seen in galley, will be scattered through the text. Kay Weisman
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