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December Book

Check Out the Best Theater Book of the Month for December 2022

Broadway Direct spotlights the best theater book of the month, just for you.

Designing Broadway
By Derek McLane and Elia Mell
$45, Running Press

Whether you’re a fan of the stage, a theater major, or just pitching in on a school play, Designing Broadway is a great introduction to the art and craft of set design. Derek McLane is the Tony- and Emmy-winning set designer who worked on more than 350 plays, musicals, TV specials, operas, and more, from Broadway to the Kennedy Center and around the world. His spectacle Moulin Rouge! The Musical continues to dazzle audiences in New York. But this isn’t just an overview of his storied career. McLane and journalist Elia Mell talk with McLane’s contemporaries, including fellow set designer John Lee Beatty, director Moisés Kaufmann, and actors Wallace Shawn and Ethan Hawke. They dive into the process that led to the dazzling sets for shows such as Hamilton, Beautiful, Hadestown, Moulin Rouge! (of course), and many more. Gorgeously illustrated, informative, and entertaining, it’s a terrific primer for anyone who’s ever applauded.


Michael Giltz is the cohost of the weekly entertainment podcast Showbiz Sandbox. He has covered all areas of entertainment as a journalist, critic, feature writer, and analyst, contributing to numerous outlets, including the New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and The Advocate. When Michael’s not attending the theater, he’s reading about it.