Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor's Son
No theater-lover should miss reading the classic that inspired Fiddler on the Roof. It follows the story of Tevye, a Jewish man living in a Russian shtetl with his wife and five daughters, and the misfortune that can’t seem to stop following him. While Tevye can never seem to catch a break—especially when it comes to his daughters’ love lives—his comic nature makes sure his story is always a lively one.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
You probably think of Mindy as a TV and movie star, but she actually first got noticed via the Off-Broadway play she wrote and starred in, called Matt and Ben. (Yes, it was about that Matt and Ben.) Mindy shares not only the story of how this play came to be, but where she developed her love for sketch-comedy, and how she got her start writing. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be wondering why anyone would hang out without her.
Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life
Getting tickets to Hamilton might be more difficult than winning the actual lottery, but you can still get an inside look into the life of the founding father on the ten-dollar bill by reading Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life. This comic biography gives you a chance to understand why so many people are newly entranced by Hamilton’s story, as well as tips for leading a monumental life like his.
J. M. Barrie
J.M. Barrie’s timeless story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up began as a short story, then a play, then a novel. Since then, it’s become a musical and a movie-musical, and the story of its development for the stage even lead to the movie and musical Finding Neverland. While Peter Pan is gorgeous onstage, the vivid language of the novel will entrance you. From pirates to mermaids, Neverland will suck you in and make you wonder why you ever grew up.
Romeo and Juliet: A Coloring Classic
Romeo and Juliet is one of the best-known plays in the English language, as well as the inspiration for many more stage and screen adaptations (we’re looking at you, West Side Story). Read the shortened version of this tale of two star-crossed lovers as you add color to their beautiful story. The relaxing nature of this project will keep you from feeling too upset over the couple’s tragic outcome.
Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd Edition
2018 brought the debut of Mean Girls on Broadway, leading the pack with 12 total nominations. While scoring show tickets might be difficult, you can read the book that inspired Tina Fey to write the movie—Queen Bees and Wannabes follows the inner workings of the real girl-world on which the infamous Plastics were based.
Pygmalion and My Fair Lady
George Bernard Shaw
My Fair Lady was one of the most eagerly anticipated revivals of the latest Broadway season. This book brings it together with Pygmalion, the play on which it’s based, for an extra dose of Professor Henry Higgins—the grumpy phonetics instructor who thinks he has what it takes to transform Eliza Dolittle into a proper lady.
The 2018 Tony Awards are finally here to celebrate the best of the best in American theater. While Broadway tickets can be hard to come by, we have a selection of books that will feel like a night at the theater—right on your own couch. This week’s marquee is shining bright with books that will have you skipping intermission and reading straight to the end.