A is for Audra (Hardcover)

Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

By John Robert Allman, Peter Emmerich (Illustrator)

Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 9780525645405, 48pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Library Binding (11/12/2019)

List Price: 18.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List

“I love everything about this book and so will all my MTK friends! That’s showbiz-speak for ‘Musical Theater Kids.’ A great representation of the varied women who made (and are still making) their mark on Broadway. I love the vibrant illustrations!”
— Kathleen Carey, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY
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"It's an incredible honor to be included in this amazing book of the greatest talent the Broadway stage has ever known!"
—AUDRA McDONALD, six-time Tony Award-winning actress

From Audra McDonald to Liza with a "Z," here is a showstopping alphabet book featuring your favorite leading ladies of the Broadway stage!


Step into the spotlight and celebrate a cavalcade of Broadway's legendary ladies. Start with "A" for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, and Liza Minnelli!

Broadway fans and theater lovers everywhere will give a standing ovation to this one-of-a-kind tribute full of toe-tapping rhymes, with illustrations as bright and beautiful as the shining lights on any marquee.

THE RAVE REVIEWS ARE IN FROM THE STARS THEMSELVES!

A wonderful, enriching, enlightening book for theater lovers of all ages . . . and all that jazz!"
—CHITA RIVERA, two-time Tony Award-winning actress (The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman)

"A to Zawesome to zany—I'm thrilled to be a part of such an illustrious group."
—CHRISTINE EBERSOLE, two-time Tony Award-winning actress (42nd Street, Grey Gardens)

"I'm so honored to be included among these fierce ladiesbrought to life with such fun illustrations—in this wonderful book for little divas like my own!"
—LEA SALONGA, Tony Award-winning actress (Miss Saigon)

"A is for Audra turns the alphabet song into a show stopper! It is literally a love letter to Broadway's leading ladies, and I am so honored to be memorialized alongside all of my sisters!"
RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY, Tony Award-winning actress (Hamilton)

"I'm honored to be included in this illustrious group. A to Z, they are all incredible!"
KRISTIN CHENOWETH, Tony Award-winning actress (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown)

"What a fun and fabulous celebration of the females of Broadway! Imagine my joy just to be a part of it!"
KELLI O’HARA, Tony Award-winning actress (The King and I)

“H is also for honored—because that’s what I am to be included in this beautiful book. I can’t wait to show my kids and tell them of all the brilliant leading ladies who have graced the Broadway stage.”
HEATHER HEADLEY, Tony Award–winning actress (Aida)

AND CRITICS LOVE IT TOO! 

"Women of the Broadway theater take center stage in this loving homage. . . . A lively introduction to a whole new cast of heroines."—Kirkus

"this is a book all kids (and many adults) will enjoy as they learn about and fall in love with the theatre."—Playbill.com

"A true necessity for any kid’s bookshelf."—Entertainment Weekly

“a thorough, eye-catching introduction to women of the theater. . . . budding theater lovers will get a thrill.”—Booklist

"A sure hit for thespians of all ages."—School Library Journal

"Emmerich’s flattering caricatures, paired with [Allman’s] verse, are colorful and slick, bringing Broadway’s drama to the page”—Publishers Weekly


About the Author

JOHN ROBERT ALLMAN is the author of A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A-Z. He lives in New York City, where he works in marketing for television and theater. John is a graduate of Northwestern University, New York University's Stern School of Business, and BMI's Musical Theatre Workshop. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @Johnny_Allman.

PETER EMMERICH is the illustrator of A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A-Z. His work spans publishing, commercial illustration, and animation. He has worked with DreamWorks and the Walt Disney Company, for which he illustrated the U.S. Postal Service's "Art of Disney" stamp series. Peter is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and lives in Los Angeles. Visit him at emmerichillustration.com and follow him on Instagram at @peteremmerich.


Praise For A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

"Women of the Broadway theater take center stage in this loving homage. . . . A lively introduction to a whole new cast of heroines."—Kirkus

"This is a book all kids (and many adults) will enjoy as they learn about and fall in love with the theatre."—Playbill.com

"A true necessity for any kid’s bookshelf."—Entertainment Weekly

“A thorough, eye-catching introduction to women of the theater. . . . budding theater lovers will get a thrill.”—Booklist

"Emmerich’s flattering caricatures, paired with [Allman’s] verse, are colorful and slick, bringing Broadway’s drama to the page”—Publishers Weekly

"A sure hit for thespians of all ages."—School Library Journal