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A Financial Detective Story About Staging "Death of a Salesman" in 1949 and 2012
Have you ever wondered how things got so expensive? Have you ever felt that inflation was much worse than the 2 or 3% gain that's reported in the news? When journalist Peter Wayner found the financial records for the 1949 and 2012 productions of "Death of a Salesman", he knew he had a good way to compare what we had with what we have today.
The short book digs into the cost of staging the show then and now and uses it as a way to understand just how the economy has changed, who won and who lost, who is making more than ever and who is being pushed aside. Wayner mixes the story of the play with the history of the times to build an engaging economic detective story that helps understand just where the money is going.
A quote from one notable review:
"I cannot say enough good things about it. I think it should be required reading for anyone who is studying theatre, planning to go into the industry or just really loves Broadway. It puts everything in a whole new light. I plan to tell all my friends and go as far as to make it required reading for my interns. It's an invaluable lesson in what it costs to put on a show, where the money goes and why it's going there..."
From Broadway Spotted:
- Publication Date:
- 1481025953 / 9781481025959
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Drama / General