am 29. Juni 2000
Having lived in New York for so long it's scary how accurate "The Season" is, although written over 30 years ago.
Broadway has become a tourist trap with very little to offer serious theatergoers anymore except spectacle shows.
Each chapter in this book shows how Broadway was crippled with each passing season...and it makes sense that this is what it's come to.
But the book is very funny (especially the chapter on critics where he launches an all-out assault on then-New York Times reporter Clive Barnes) and explains everything you'll ever need to know about how plays and musicals are put together.
Oh, yes: there's plenty of dirt, gossip, anecdotes and name-dropping...Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, Tennessee Williams, David Merrick and NBC Reporter Edwin Newman drop in for cameos.
am 10. November 1998
"The Season" is a revelation, the best book on theater I've read so far. It's foremost quality is that it demystifies the glitter-world of Broadway (and theater in general) and shows how theater really works (and, of course, how it doesn't). The audience normally only sees the result of combined efforts of many artists on a stage, but doesn't know how a play is composed and why some productions work and why some don't. Mr.Goldman succeeds wonderfully in showing how both the art and business side of a Broadway play contribute to its success or failure. And what's more: Goldman is witty, cynical, never boring - and so honest it almost hurts.
am 26. Juli 2000
William Goldman's groundbreaking book The Season is all it's cracked up to be and more. Though a number of the people he deals with are no longer with us, many of the shows have been forgotten, and the ticket prices are quite a bit higher, it's astonishing how much the Broadway of the late 1960s resembles the Broadway of today. The same problems, the same headaches, the same disappointments, and the same triumphs are all still a part of the Great White Way. No Broadway enthusiast should be without this book; The Season is a stunning history--and current events--lesson on Broadway theatre.
am 4. März 1998
This is a wonderful, insightful, exhaustively researched book about a season of Broadway, that shows you the workings of the industry as I doubt any other book can. To top it off, I have very little interest in Broadway, but found this to be a most interesting tome. The writing is truly brilliant, among the best nonfiction writing I've ever read. The only comparable writers I've read this good are Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote. Even if you have only the vaguest interest in Broadway, (or have no interest, but enjoy firt-rate nonfiction writing), get and read THE SEASON.
am 14. Dezember 1998
Though this was written about a Broadway season back in the mid-'60s, Goldman's lively, opinionated writing makes this as fresh as ever. You may not agree with all of his conclusions, but he backs everything up with compelling facts and anecdotes. A great piece of journalism and one of the best books I've read all year.