- Hardcover: 522 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult (November 7, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670148032
- ISBN-13: 978-0670148035
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Smash Hardcover – November 7, 1980
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The book is geographically accurate to the places it's set in - both inside and out. It mentions real theatres and sets the actions according to their actual layout and relation to each other. The show takes great liberties with that. The book has some interesting and great characters that are based on real people in real situations the author encountered in his real experiences with at least one Broadway show. You can read the book and figure out who is based on who if you know some things about the stage version of FUNNY GIRL. Not everything is a direct parallel, but there are certainly enough interesting characters and situations to tell a good story. The book is great if judged on its own merits and not in comparison to a nice show it has very little in common with.
Read this book if you like the premise: behind the scenes of a Broadway show circa 1960-1980.Read more ›
If you're looking for a book that resembles that terrible guilty-pleasure TV show with the same title, this might not be for you.
Kanin knows his theater, what it takes to get a show mounted, and has lots of thinly-disguised fun with Broadway stars of the era. There's a certain amount of raunch, like there is in theater, but you'll get a better idea of what large-scale musical theater is like from this book than from, well, that second-rate TV show.
YMMV but this is a fun read.
Even more than the plot lines, I loved the look at what happens to a show during out of town tryouts, and the reason why specialty numbers are added, deleted or changed. This book, with its back stage realism could only be written by Garson Kanin, and I hope more of his books are re-released!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book does not represent Smash the made for T.V. series. The book is so boring it could not be finished. It went immediately to the thrift store. Save your $.Published 12 months ago by April L Miller
What an odd story. Over the top, dramatic, sexual and sometimes confusing with so many names and no descriptions of who they are...but that's show biz. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jon
Read this when it first came out, and thoroughly enjoyed it, especially knowing it was a semi-veiled reference to "Funny Girl". Read morePublished 23 months ago by P. Tenaglia
I didn't expect it to resemble SMASH, the tv show, but I did expect it to be well written and clever. It was not. Don't waste your $$$$.Published on January 12, 2014 by Baltimore Barb
Really fun read, especially when you map the characters to who they were referencing in the making of Funny Girl.Published on August 21, 2013 by Jeffrey C. Schiff
I am sure that Garson Kanin's book about Broadway musicals was pretty snappy in its day- I am imagining sometime in the 50's and 60's. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by G. E. Melone