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Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee book cover"Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee" by Mike Weaver and Colleen Hart

This is a really interesting book. If you have ever been in any kind of choir, it's bound to bring up some good memories about that experience. If you were ever in a show choir or swing choir, then this book will be endlessly fascinating. It's also of interest to TV fans, especially fans of old 1950's variety shows, and of "Glee". It's just a really well done coffee table book with a lot of information and great photos.

The writers are from midwestern show choirs, so that's where they concentrate the book, to a certain extent. However, it sounds like most show choirs are in the midwest, so that may be a reasonable idea. I certainly learned a lot from the book.

The book has lots of surprising things in it. It traces the origins of Show Choir back to the early days of Vaudeville and television, then it moves forward slowly to today's show choirs and "Glee". It is fun and exciting - not at all dry or boring. This would be a great gift for Christmas, too.


Get your jazz hands ready for... no, not just the season premier of Glee ...Hal Leonard Books releases the ultimate show choir book Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee by Mike Weaver and Colleen Hart

Take a step beyond the hit show Glee and learn about the real drama, the hard work, the sweat, and the tears that go into every show. Find out what it takes to build an award-winning competition set: the branding, the budgets, the strategy, and the performance. Meet the characters. Learn the lingo. Fall in love with show choirs.

Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands (Hal Leonard Books, $22.99) is the first book to give a full history of show choirs. Complete with photos, quotes, and stories from more than 100 groups nationwide, Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands is the perfect book for show choir buffs and fans of teenage dram- coms like Glee.

Not only for the "gleeks," this book also has valuable advice for members, written by an award-winning show choir choreographer and a former show choir member.

Highlights include:

A look back at pop culture and theater influencers that built this unique entertainment genre including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, speakeasies, cigarette companies and the television Featured icons of show choir, from Bob Fosse and Fred Waring to Jackson 5 and modern day successes such as Lady Gaga and, of course, Glee
Faces of show choir today, illustrating more than 65 competitive show choirs in their latest performance set

Creative fundraising efforts created by and executed by choir around the country

Detailed glossary of "gleek" terms

Mike Weaver is an award-winning director and choreographer based in Chicago. He works widely in both conceptual and technical development with projects ranging from musical concerts to theatrical productions. Credits include work with Carnival Cruise Lines, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Marine World Africa USA, and Warner Bros. Publishing. Weaver regularly collaborates with some of the country's most noted high school music departments, staging concerts and musical theater productions. His work has garnered awards for best directing, choreography, lighting, set, and show design.

Colleen Hart, a former eight-year member of E.T.C. "The All Americans" show choir in Akron, Ohio, graduated from her real-life Glee in 2001. After stepping down from the stage, Colleen went on to earn a BS in communication at Ohio University. She currently works at Edelman, a global public relations firm, and resides in Chicago.

Sept. 20, 2011 $22.99 Paperback 978-1-55783- 772-1 208 pages 8.5' x 11' Hal Leonard Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group LINK 

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