I had a digital copy of this book to review and I must admit I was disappointed when my privileges allowing me to skim through the pages expired. However, Fraver by Design is a publication which would be better to physically hold so you can more easily skim through the pages. It would be the perfect coffee table book, something which would entice even the most fervent non reader to pick up and browse.
So what is the buzz all about? Basically, Fraver by Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond is a book of art, specifically the theatre poster designs used to advertise various Broadway Shows (and some not so close to Broadway) created by the talented Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo. Just the illustrations would make this mesmerizing book worthy of purchase, but in addition we get the author’s running commentary of the behind the scenes scuttlebutt surrounding each of these renderings. Anyone who is interested in the “business” will be fascinated by it all. A great gift for those who might have seen some of these shows or who would recognize the big league actors from the past as well as those who are currently on stage. Verlizzo’s explanations on how he created these specific pieces will also appeal to those with an artistic bend. Five stars.
A thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review also appears on Goodreads.