World Theatre Day 2022

By Amanda Cooper, Marketing Intern, University Press of Kentucky

March 27th is World Theatre Day! Established by the International Theatre Institute in 1961, this holiday promotes theatre and its impact around the world. To celebrate, here are a few of our titles on the rich history of theatre in the Bluegrass and beyond. 

Actors, Audiences, & Historic Theaters of Kentucky by Marilyn Casto

“Will appeal to anyone interested in culture as well as lovers of theater and architecture. Well researched, it is full of interesting facts and photographs that will have you look at old theater buildings with new appreciation.” —Kentucky Monthly

“Readers will enjoy an entertaining examination of the history of drama in the Bluegrass state through diverse lenses (economical, design, technological, and moral attitudes, to name just a few).”  —Vernacular Architecture Newsletter

Broadway Goes to War: American Theater during World War II by Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

Broadway Goes to War fits well with the existing literature concerning World War II and popular culture, and successfully connects popular culture to the complicated politics of the period. In contrast to Hollywood films, McLaughlin and Parry argue that wartime theater productions took a nuanced approach to exploring new possibilities in the interest of promoting social change. In the process, such plays also highlighted some of the challenges faced by ordinary people during the war, along with their attempts to overcome and create a better postwar world.” —Ralph W. Brown III, professor of history at the University of Louisiana, Monroe

“McLaughlin and Parry have taken on much impressive research to accomplish this project, revealing a fascinating depiction of connections among theatrical history, culture, and politics.” —Hometowns to Hollywood

Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance by Brent Phillips

“It’s a treat that readers (like me) will have the opportunity to discover the underrated director-choreographer who created some of the most defining screen numbers for Garland, Astaire, Kelly, Crosby, Sinatra, and others. “Get Happy,” “We’re a Couple of Swells”, “Well Did you Evah?” The numbers in his films have been some of my favorites since I was a teenager—this book is for anyone who loves Broadway and Hollywood musicals.” —Casey Nicholaw, Tony Award-winning Broadway director-choreographer of The Drowsy Chaperone, The Book of Mormon, and Disney’s Aladdin

“Chuck Walters was Hollywood’s best kept secret. Thankfully, his days as an overlooked and underappreciated artist are finally over. In this informative and engaging biography, Brent Phillips examines the life and legacy of the multi-talented director, dancer and choreographer who brought his special brand of showmanship to every production. From Fred Astaire and Judy Garland strolling along Fifth Avenue in Easter Parade to an invincible Debbie Reynolds on the road to somewhere in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Walters was responsible for some of the most beloved images in American film. Through careful consideration of Walters’s work on Broadway and in Hollywood, Phillips reclaims a life and career worthy of much greater attention.” —Mark Griffin, author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli

John Gay and the London Theatre by Calhoun Winton

“A concise, useful, and lucid book that delivers what it promises.” —Modern Language Review

“Winton is a meticulous scholar. His book will be of real value as an introduction for those unfamiliar with Gay’s drama and the London stage of the period.” —Reviews in English Studies

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