If you like musicals, and are intrigued by the failures, then this is the book for you. Ken Mandelbaum is detailed and concise in recounting the failures of Broadway musicals through the years. I’ve read it several times over the years; it’s engaging, never boring and quite funny to hear some of the anecdotes and some of the horrifying decisions made by creative teams.
By the way, where has Ken Mandelbaum gone? He stopped writing his column almost two years ago and no one seems to have heard anything from him since. I hope he’s well and off updating this book so we can get the last twenty years of disasters documented.