- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Disney Editions; 1st edition (September 29, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078686270X
- ISBN-13: 978-0786862702
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Amsterdam: The Biography of a Broadway Theater Hardcover – October 11, 1997
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The book is as striking as New York's famed and recently refurbished New Amsterdam Theatre. Opening from the center to reveal the main stage framed by delicate murals and art nouveau decorations, the book is brimming with pictures. It begins with decades old photographs and sketches that depict the grace and splendor of the theater when it opened in 1903 and concludes with before-and-after pictures demonstrating the care and effort that went into the building's restoration.
This book does not simply tell the story of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Broadway landmark, it recounts the history of American theater as it passed over the stage of the New Amsterdam. From the Ziegfeld Follies to Fred Astaire to Jack Benny to Disney's recent staging of King David, the New Amsterdam welcomed America's most famous and talented performers. The New Amsterdam: The Biography of a Broadway Theatre makes this history come alive with photos of movie posters, actors, sets, and costumes.
Disney is to be commended for committing their resources to the painstaking and comprehensive restoration project that has saved the New Amsterdam from its undeserved fate as a forgotten and abandoned relic from Broadway's' glamourous past. They can also be congratulated for offering this remarkable book that preserves and shares 94 years of America's artistic heritage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an extraordinary book about the restoration of the New Amsterdam Theatre, which is probably one of the most beautiful theaters in New York. Read morePublished 20 months ago by C. J. Pisapia
This book will delight anyone who cares about vintage Broadway. Beautifully produced. Detailed photographs, amazing restoration.Published on July 7, 2014 by Bic Schaefer
My earliest ancestor landed in New Amsterdam in 1687. These theaters, among others, were built on some of his farm land.Published on December 18, 2010 by Melvin A. Fulkerson
This book is beautiful. It is so fun to see all of the before and after pictures, after seeing a show in this theater. Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Shelley