Forget Broadway! Some of early theaters’ brightest and most accomplished entertainers performed on stages throughout Arizona. In his book Arizona on Stage: Playhouses, Plays, and Players in the Territory 1879-1912 (TwoDot, $18.95) professor emeritus of theater Thomas P Collins shines a spotlight on the thespians who ventured west of the Mississippi to bring the works of Shakespeare, Shaw and Stowe to the Southwest. Complete with biographies of the actors, singers and dancers who delighted audiences from Prescott to Tombstone, exquisite color posters that promoted their shows, and excerpts from the most popular melodramas and comedies, Arizona on Stage is a must-read for all Westerners and lovers of the history of theatrical arts.
— Chris Enss author of Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers and Singers in the Old West