Broadway Babies Say Goodnight

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"Broadway Babies Say Goodnight is the most hilariously acerbic look at the Broadway musical since Mel Brooks skewered us into laughter with the ‘Springtime for Hitler’ sequence in The Producers.”
Peter Neil Nason, The Tampa Tribune

Mark's acclaimed romp through a century of musical theatre is an acknowledged classic in its field. Steve Allen praised it as a "dazzling commentary on popular music culture"; Don Black, veteran lyricist of the James Bond movies and "Born Free", hailed it as "Mark Steyn's masterful book"; and The Times of London called it "hugely entertaining". You can read more from the critics in Britain, America, Canada and elsewhere here, but, if you've followed Mark's theatre pieces in The New Criterion, the Telegraph and elsewhere, you'll know what to expect. Packed with jokes, facts, anecdotes and interviews, Broadway Babies Say Goodnight covers it all - the shows and the stars, the music and lyrics, the impresarios and the showgirls, the hits and the flops, the Jews and the gays, with ruminations on everything from Communist operetta to 19th century rock'n'roll. We’re offering the 2000 London paperback edition, with the cool, oblique, not-entirely-clear-what’s-going-on British cover, not the cheesy dinner-theatre-flyer American one. There’s no Broadway book like this one!

THE CRITICS ON
Broadway Babies Say Goodnight

Mark Steyn probably knows as much about musical theatre as anyone who has ever worked in that maddening field. In fact, I suspect he knows more
TIM RICE, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK)

Tart, funny, contentious… all buffs will enjoy arguing with this book
MICHAEL RATCLIFFE, THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Mark Steyn's witty book - surely one of the best ever on the subject
FERGUS LINEHAN, THE IRISH TIMES

An anatomical history of the musical which I have little hesitation in proclaiming the most authoritative yet published
STEPHEN BANFIELD,THE MUSICAL TIMES

A witty, anecdote-stuffed history of the past 70 years
THE NEW YORKER

The funniest, most vital, admirable, irritating, true and false account of the musical theatre ever published
SHERIDAN MORLEY, THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)

An engaging and sometimes brilliant book
ROBERT FULFORD, TORONTO LIFE