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A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

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From Audra McDonald to Liza with a "Z," this is a rythmic alphabet book featuring your favorite leading ladies of the Broadway stage! Start with "A" for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with entertainers like Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Liza From Audra McDonald to Liza with a "Z," this is a rythmic alphabet book featuring your favorite leading ladies of the Broadway stage! Start with "A" for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with entertainers like Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Liza Minnelli!


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From Audra McDonald to Liza with a "Z," this is a rythmic alphabet book featuring your favorite leading ladies of the Broadway stage! Start with "A" for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with entertainers like Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Liza From Audra McDonald to Liza with a "Z," this is a rythmic alphabet book featuring your favorite leading ladies of the Broadway stage! Start with "A" for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with entertainers like Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, and Liza Minnelli!

30 review for A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Loved this one! I mean I really loved it. I was so surprised how much I didn't know. I won't consider myself a huge Broadway fan, but I definitely thought that I would know more about the women highlighted in this book and surprisingly I didn't. So that being said, I learned a whole lot. The author utilizes each letter of the alphabet to highlight a leading lady of broadway and even uses the letter "X" to highlight women that he couldn't fit into the poem. I also enjoyed that he provided context Loved this one! I mean I really loved it. I was so surprised how much I didn't know. I won't consider myself a huge Broadway fan, but I definitely thought that I would know more about the women highlighted in this book and surprisingly I didn't. So that being said, I learned a whole lot. The author utilizes each letter of the alphabet to highlight a leading lady of broadway and even uses the letter "X" to highlight women that he couldn't fit into the poem. I also enjoyed that he provided context for each name used. Every page lists the woman's full name as well as the role and musical in which she stared. Even for some of the ladies that I was familiar with I was surprised about some of their starring roles. For example, I had no idea that Julie Andrews played the original Eliza Dolittle. I solely associated that role with Audrey Hepburn. The author makes a point to include a wide range of individuals from different time periods and different races/backgrounds. I loved the artwork as well. I know that some people don't like the computer rendered images, but I really enjoyed them and they really looked like their rel-life counterparts. I hope to books similar to this in the future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    As a Broadway fan, even before I actually saw the book, I wanted a copy of John Robert Allman's A is for Audra. He wrote the book, but this picture book wouldn't be anywhere near as wonderful without Peter Emmerich's illustrations of Broadway's leading ladies. It's subtitled, "Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z", and this adult just had to have this book. I love it more every time I look at it. Check out that cover with Carol Channing, Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Bernadette As a Broadway fan, even before I actually saw the book, I wanted a copy of John Robert Allman's A is for Audra. He wrote the book, but this picture book wouldn't be anywhere near as wonderful without Peter Emmerich's illustrations of Broadway's leading ladies. It's subtitled, "Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z", and this adult just had to have this book. I love it more every time I look at it. Check out that cover with Carol Channing, Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, and Chita Rivera. The book goes back in Broadway history to include Gertrude Lawrence, but it's also current with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. It covers everything from "Ain't Misbehavin'" to "Gypsy" and Mary Martin as "Peter Pan". The illustrations of the divas are wonderful. If I knew the star, I instantly recognized the drawing. And, I've seen six of the women on Broadway who are in the book. Kelli O'Hara's page, for instance, shows her in "South Pacific", and says, "O's the outstanding Ms. Kelli O'Hara as Nellie, Francesca, Mrs. Anna or Clara." At the bottom of that page, it identifies her and says what the show is that's portrayed. There's an excellent section at the back of the book with short biographical sketches of each star. And, there's places at the front and back of the book for autographs. Do you have a Broadway fan in the family? Or, are you raising a child to be a fan of Broadway? This might be a children's book, but I'm still captivated by this book and the stories behind it. I fell in love with A is for Audra.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Kotkin

    I'm unclear who the audience for this book is, since alphabet picture books are for 3-5 year olds who would not have seen any of these shows or heard of any of these famous divas. The letters F and S are not devoted to "Broadway's leading ladies" (Fosse = male choreographer & Sondheim = male composer), and the letters X and Y do not even designate people. The last few pages are devoted to very brief biographies of all the performers mentioned in the alphabet line-up. An encyclopedia approach I'm unclear who the audience for this book is, since alphabet picture books are for 3-5 year olds who would not have seen any of these shows or heard of any of these famous divas. The letters F and S are not devoted to "Broadway's leading ladies" (Fosse = male choreographer & Sondheim = male composer), and the letters X and Y do not even designate people. The last few pages are devoted to very brief biographies of all the performers mentioned in the alphabet line-up. An encyclopedia approach for middle grade readers would have been a much better choice for this subject matter; it would have alleviated the restrictions of limited text (allowing the author to do justice to these extraordinary lives) and the one-person-per-letter format (which doesn't fit well anyway).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    S’wonderful!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Baby Bookworm

    Hello, friends! Our book today is A is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies From A to Z, written by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich, a stylish celebration of the greatest lady thespians of the Great White Way. Told in appropriately lyrical rhyming text, this biographical alphabet book is packed to the gills with some of the most notable women to walk the boards. From household names like Julie Andrews and Barbra Streisand, to breakout stars like Lea Salonga and Heather Hello, friends! Our book today is A is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies From A to Z, written by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich, a stylish celebration of the greatest lady thespians of the Great White Way. Told in appropriately lyrical rhyming text, this biographical alphabet book is packed to the gills with some of the most notable women to walk the boards. From household names like Julie Andrews and Barbra Streisand, to breakout stars like Lea Salonga and Heather Headley, to Broadway royalty like Patti LuPone and Idina Menzel, nearly 70 women altogether are showcased. Showstopping! This book was a gift from JJ’s aunt (we majored in theater together), and while I expected that I would love it, I was tickled to find that JJ adored it too! And it’s easy to see why: even kiddos and adults without a background in theater will be swept away by the colorful, dynamic illustrations and well-crafted text. There’s a decent attempt at diversity of the ladies; the women featured are largely white or black (though this also speaks to a larger issue of diversity casting in theater), but the creators are sure to include women of all ages and sizes, their likenesses celebrating unique physical features and expressions. Fosse and Sondheim get nods as well for their focus on spotlighting female talent and range. It’s a feast for the eyes and a delight to read aloud, and JJ has been enchanted with the divas’ faces and stories since we got it. It’s even a fairly quick read, yet adds brief bios (cleverly reminiscent of Playbill actor bios) for those hoping to learn more. This one can be enjoyed by anyone who celebrates the power and talent of female artists, but for fans of the theater, it is a must-have. Emphatically Baby Bookworm approved!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Ah, if I lived in New York City, I'd be at every play that opened on Broadway. Luckily, when I lived in New Orleans, many shows came to our city as part of their tours, and I was fortunate enough to see Cats, Into the Woods, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon, among others. This charming and lively ABC picture book brought back all the delights of those shows and the singing, dancing, and acting that always inspired me. It's a veritable retrospective and song of praise to those wonderful Ah, if I lived in New York City, I'd be at every play that opened on Broadway. Luckily, when I lived in New Orleans, many shows came to our city as part of their tours, and I was fortunate enough to see Cats, Into the Woods, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon, among others. This charming and lively ABC picture book brought back all the delights of those shows and the singing, dancing, and acting that always inspired me. It's a veritable retrospective and song of praise to those wonderful leading ladies of Broadway, starting with Audra McDonald and ending with Liza Minelli. Each letter of the alphabet features a star or two or four whose first name starts with that letter and a poem about her/them. At the bottom of the page, readers see the name of the show, the year of performance, and the role the individual played. Back matter includes thumbnail sketches of all the women featured here, including some extras who weren't able to fit into the main book. The digital illustrations capture the essence of this talented women who have brought so much pleasure to those of us who loved these musicals and the individuals who brought those roles to life. Budding divas will love this special book as will those of us who are long-time fans of Broadway. What a delight! I read it while humming some of my own favorite tunes from Wicked.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z is a children's picture book written by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich. It is part biographical book and part alphabet book that have women of the Broadway theatre take center stage once again in this loving homage. Allman's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, informative, and lyrical. This inclusive rhyming abecedarian begins with Audra McDonald and ends with Liza Minnelli with captions identifying each performer A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z is a children's picture book written by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich. It is part biographical book and part alphabet book that have women of the Broadway theatre take center stage once again in this loving homage. Allman's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, informative, and lyrical. This inclusive rhyming abecedarian begins with Audra McDonald and ends with Liza Minnelli with captions identifying each performer and role. An index offers brief career highlights for each individual mentioned could be found in the backmatter. Emmerich's flattering caricatures, paired with each verse, are colorful and slick, bringing Broadway’s drama to the page. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. It is a roster of show-stopping women, albeit Bob Fosse and Stephen Sondheim are included. Typically alphabet books are meant for children learning the alphabet, but it seems this book also or may be targeted for Broadway buffs, with the text offering fawning raves in lieu of contextualizing information. All in all, A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z is a wonderful collection of mostly women of the Broadway stage – seventy in all.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Ahhh! An Alphabet book about the greatest musical theater actresses ever to tread the boards? You better believe it! Each has at least a full page illustration in their iconic role with a caption at the bottom in case you aren’t familiar and the year and title of the show. So much fun to read with my drama buddies as we tried to guess the actress by just the picture - the short rhymed text is an additional tribute. Some of the trickier letters are creatively managed by making Bernadette Peters Ahhh! An Alphabet book about the greatest musical theater actresses ever to tread the boards? You better believe it! Each has at least a full page illustration in their iconic role with a caption at the bottom in case you aren’t familiar and the year and title of the show. So much fun to read with my drama buddies as we tried to guess the actress by just the picture - the short rhymed text is an additional tribute. Some of the trickier letters are creatively managed by making Bernadette Peters Queen, and including small portraits of an additional 32 divas on X (for extra). Be still my heart. Am I gushing? YES! My favorite part (besides the pictures) is that the end pages are for autographs - challenge accepted! For this and more of my reviews, visit http://kissthebook.blogspot.com . CHECK IT OUT!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Stoller

    I adore Broadway. So when I heard last year that this book was coming out....I just had to look it up! Well, it took forever to come in. But it finally did. And I'm so happy I got to look at it. It won't appeal to everyone. In fact, it's not an alphabet book I would even consider for a storytime. BUT what I love is all of the strong female singers that are represented. Classic throwbacks like Judy Holliday (who no, didn't get her own letter but still was acknowledged) to THE Audra MacDonald and I adore Broadway. So when I heard last year that this book was coming out....I just had to look it up! Well, it took forever to come in. But it finally did. And I'm so happy I got to look at it. It won't appeal to everyone. In fact, it's not an alphabet book I would even consider for a storytime. BUT what I love is all of the strong female singers that are represented. Classic throwbacks like Judy Holliday (who no, didn't get her own letter but still was acknowledged) to THE Audra MacDonald and Idina Menzel (love the Frozen reference) to the newbies like Laura Osnes. It's such a fun book!~

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Marie

    Santa left this delightful book under the Christmas tree for my oldest daughter, along with tickets to see Come From Away on tour • If you are a Broadway fan even just a smidge, you need to pick up this book! The rhythmic cadence and colorful illustrations make this by far my favorite children's ABC book and also one of my favorite picture books in general • The tidbits of theater knowledge worked into the short lines and the vast cast of female stars showcased result in a bookshelf smash! Another Santa left this delightful book under the Christmas tree for my oldest daughter, along with tickets to see Come From Away on tour • If you are a Broadway fan even just a smidge, you need to pick up this book! The rhythmic cadence and colorful illustrations make this by far my favorite children's ABC book and also one of my favorite picture books in general • The tidbits of theater knowledge worked into the short lines and the vast cast of female stars showcased result in a bookshelf smash! Another great reason to buy this book? • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yazmín

    Was very excited for this one but was a tad disappointed with the range of divas included. I feel like the Hamilton ladies were added because the author just saw the show - I would’ve chosen Karen Olivo as a diva over Jasmine Cephas-Jones who is great but doesn’t have as much experience. And no Sara Ramirez?!?! No Shoshana Bean?! But it was still enjoyable and fun way to ABC it. Liked the way X was incorporated, and I loved the bios at the end (although some weren’t as detailed as others and I Was very excited for this one but was a tad disappointed with the range of divas included. I feel like the Hamilton ladies were added because the author just saw the show - I would’ve chosen Karen Olivo as a diva over Jasmine Cephas-Jones who is great but doesn’t have as much experience. And no Sara Ramirez?!?! No Shoshana Bean?! But it was still enjoyable and fun way to ABC it. Liked the way X was incorporated, and I loved the bios at the end (although some weren’t as detailed as others and I couldn’t tell why. “LaChanze, nominated for tony 3 times, won once for The Color Purple” but then others listed every single role including not nominated ones).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Read Ribbet

    A is for Audra is a unique alphabet celebrating a diverse group of women from Broadway. Presented with rhymed verse, it is a great way to introduce any reader to Broadway stars. Each star and their illustrated role is also identified in captions on each page. Some detours (F is for Fosse and S is for Sondheim) and the X page is filled with eXtras that didn't fit elsewhere, this alphabet book provides a lot of information which is extended even further in the end notes. Part of profits are A is for Audra is a unique alphabet celebrating a diverse group of women from Broadway. Presented with rhymed verse, it is a great way to introduce any reader to Broadway stars. Each star and their illustrated role is also identified in captions on each page. Some detours (F is for Fosse and S is for Sondheim) and the X page is filled with eXtras that didn't fit elsewhere, this alphabet book provides a lot of information which is extended even further in the end notes. Part of profits are donated to Broadway Cares charity. Good book for a Broadway fan at any age.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book is so great, but there are two major issues that keep it from being five stars: 1- The book cheats on letters F and S, choosing to use Fosse and Sondheim. There have been many incredible roles for women written by these esteemed gentlemen, by neither are one of “Broadway’s Leading Ladies”. 2- Where oh where is Rita Moreno?!? She’s completely missing from the book, and that is a travesty.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    A Perfect Gift for Every Broadway Devotee! In the style of a children's ABC book (and perfect for every young triple threat you know), this was a deligthful trip down memory lane of performers and performances I loved and/or wished to have seen. From Audra to Z (guess who), every illustration is gorgeous and every bit of doggerel delightful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    If there's a Broadway musical fan in your life, you may still have time to purchase and give this book for the upcoming holidays. It's a really fantastic overview of SO many leading ladies, not just the 26 you would imagine with the A to Z concept. I loved this book and can't wait to read it again! So much fun!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is such a sweet homage to so many of Broadway's greatest leading ladies! The illustrations are absolutely STUNNING. I loved the way John Allman noted every character/production displayed in the photos and put little bios of each woman in the back of the book as well. This would make a wonderful gift for any budding (or long time!) theatre fan.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    A necessary book for any theater fan - John Robert Allman gives a wonderful tribute to all the best women in the industry. The beautiful illustrations by Peter Emmerich bring each and every page to life - especially the final spread for 'Z.' Perfect for all ages!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Very cute and lots of breadth, though with entries on Fosse and Sondheim it would have been nice to see entries on Tesori and Ahrens (both with shows mentioned in the book!), due to the subject matter.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erikka

    This was ADORABLE. I love seeing all these amazing women celebrated for their skills and talents. The art is beautiful and bold and the citations at the end are a great way to meet new chanteuses to obsess over. What will be your next favorite play?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

    I liked this a lot! I really loved the diversity of stars included, and that each illustration included what show the costume in it was from. I do wish the illustrations were a little stronger, but otherwise I think this is a great one to share with little Broadway fans.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Burris

    Beautiful artwork and clever rhymes introduce children to the great women of the Broadway stage. The book includes brief, single-paragraph bios of all of the people mentioned in the text. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Kellum

    I've been waiting my whole life for this book, and I didn't even realize it. ;) I believe I shall have to buy it especially since a portion of the proceeds go to Broadway Cares! *I read a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steven Copp

    This book is so so special, brought tears to my eyes as I read it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anna Smithberger

    Delightful book with lovely illustrations. Definitely in the category of more for grownups than littles, but great for any musical theater fan!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Very cool!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karyn

    Love this book!! So clever and the artwork is bright and accurate to the women it portrays.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A spotlight on Broadway's brightest female stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    An alphabetical tribute to Broadway's leading ladies-lots of fun!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    Loved it--all except for K LOL Q was the best

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becca Rutkowski

    A wonderful book about the leading ladies of Broadway!

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