Saturday, April 23, 2016


So what current Broadway plays and musicals are thrilling theater goers?  Find the literary origins of these shows by checking out the original books at the Monrovia Public Library.
Hamilton is one of the most innovative musicals ever and the hottest ticket on Broadway. The writer Lin-Manual Miranda liked biographies and bought Ron Chernow’s book Alexander Hamilton at the airport on his way to a vacation. Rap master Miranda then took the story of our first Secretary of the Treasury and wrote the book, lyrics and music to create the blockbuster hip hop musical with a multi-ethnic cast and in the process won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Yiddish writer Shalom Aleichem, known for his enchanting stories of Jewish life in Eastern Europe villages wrote the story Tevye’s Daughters which became the Broadway favorite Fiddler on the Roof.  Tradition is the well-known song from this story of a milk man, with 5 daughters, who tries to continue his religious culture. Barbara Isenberg’s Tradition is also the title of a book about the history of the musical, how it was created and how it went from Broadway to Hollywood.

Those of a certain generation can sing many of composer Carole King’s best known songs like Take Good Care of My Baby, Up on the Roof and I Feel the Earth Move. In her memoir A Natural Woman, Ms. King told her story which was created on Broadway as Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
And, let’s finish with some wonderful children’s books that became Broadway plays: Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit and Matilda by Roald Dahl.

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