John M. Clum

John M. Clum is the author of a number of books on modern and contemporary drama including Still Acting Gay: Male Homosexuality in Modern Drama, Something for the Boys: Musical Theater and Gay Culture, Arthur Laurents: Politics, Love, and Betrayal, and Terrence McNally and Fifty Years of American Gay Drama.

He is the author of numerous essays on drama, opera, and musical theater and is also a director, playwright and opera librettist.

Mr. Clum is Professor Emeritus of Theater Studies and English at Duke University. He currently resides in Chicago.

Book Reviews by John M. Clum

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“Holly van Leuven has written an exhaustively researched, well-written chronicle of Bolger’s life and career.

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This is not the first book to be published on this subject (see for instance  Physics and the Art of Dance by Kenneth Laws and Arlene Sugano, or Laws’ earlier volume, The Physics of Da

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“There are detailed descriptions of performances of the opera and adaptations it inspired and the book is richly illustrated.

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English opera in the 1920s may seem to some an odd topic. What we now know as the Royal Opera did not begin until after World War II.

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While the history of the creative relationship between choreographer George Balanchine and impresario Lincoln Kirstein has been chronicled before in books on and by both subjects, James Steichen’s

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There have been two excellent, lengthy biographies of director-choreographer Jerome Robbins: Deborah Jowitt’s Jerome Robbins and Amanda Vaill’s Somewhere: A Life of Jerome Robbins

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“Playing to the Gods is a useful entry into the careers and lives of these two extraordinary artists.”

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“[a] well-written memoir.”

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Actor-writer Simon Callow has published books on larger-than-life figures Oscar Wilde, Charles Laughton, and Orson Welles.

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The fact that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera is by far the longest running Broadway show (over 12,500 performances at this writing and still going strong), is baffling to some