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Farber was the attorney for the original production and author of seven other books on show business. Viagas is the host of "Radio Playbill" on Sirius Satellite Radio and editor of Playbill Books, including the just-released "Playbill Broadway Yearbook."
Farber and Viagas collaborated on the original 1991 edition of the book. This new edition is expanded and updated with a new final chapter about events leading up to the Jan. 13, 2002, closing of the show after 41 years and 17,162 performances. The book adds a firsthand account of the legendary final performance.
Farber is one of the foremost theatre, film and entertainment industry attorneys in New York. His show-business books include "Producing on Broadway," "Actor's Guide: What You Should Know About The Contracts You Sign," "Producing Theatre: A Comprehensive Legal And Business Guide," "From Option To Opening: A Guide To Producing Plays Off-Broadway," and "Producing, Financing and Distributing Film" (the last with coauthors Paul A. Baumgarten and Mark Fleischer). He served as attorney, business consultant, and advisor for the original production of The Fantasticks. He is general editor of ten volumes of "Entertainment Industry Contracts" (author of the theatre volumes), published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender, which are updated three times per year. He taught a course of Producing Theatre at the New School for Social Research in New York City and has lectured on theatre all over the world.
Robert Viagas, in addition to serving as historian of The Fantasticks, is founder and former managing editor of news services for Playbill.com and Theatre.com. As program director of Playbill Broadcast, he has hosted the webcast of the annual Tony Awards in 2000 and 2002-05. His books include "The Back Stage Guide to Broadway" and "On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line," and he was editor of Louis Botto’s acclaimed history of the Broadway theatres, "At This Theatre." His stories have appeared in Playbill, USA Today, Newsday, American Theatre, InTheatre, The Times of London and Show Music Magazine. He has served as program editor for New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and has edited the special Tony Awards Playbill since 2002. He is a member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle. His parents took him to see The Fantasticks as his first professional theatre experience when he was 12 years old.