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Frank Vlastnik

Born: 1969 in Peru, Illinois
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Connection to Illinois: Vlastnik is a 1987 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan. He studied drama at the School of Theatre Arts. After graduation, he was honored with the Larry Shue Memorial Award, named in honor of the famous playwright and IWU alumnus.

Biography: Frank Vlastnik is an author, actor, photo editor, and Broadway, television, and pop culture historian. After working for four years as an archivist/researcher in the Time/Life Picture Collection, Frank acted as photo editor for heavily illustrated books such as A Chronicle of the American Musical Theatre, Jerry Herman: The Lyrics, and Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors Equity Association. His first book, Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time, coauthored with Ken Bloom, was awarded the The George Freedley Memorial Award by the Theatre Library Association for its outstanding contribution to the literature of the theatre. He lives in New York City.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time
ISBN: 1579123902 OCLC: 55797922

Black Dog & Leventhal 2004

The 101 most influential, popular, and enduring Broadway productions are examined, with features on the creators and performers, plots, cast and song lists, and more. Full color.

Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of All Time
ISBN: 1579127525 OCLC: 141484825

Black Dog & Leventhal, New York : ©2007.

Describes one hundred and one of the most influential, popular, and enduring sitcoms, discussing their actors, creators, plots, running length, and appeal.

The Art of Bob Mackie
ISBN: 1982152117 OCLC: 1236260096

Simon & Schuster 2021

For nearly six decades, the iconic and incomparable Bob Mackie has been designing stunning, unforgettable clothing. His unique, glamorous--sometimes hilarious--creations have appeared on Broadway stages, TV screens, runways, and red carpets worldwide. For his pioneering genius and continual reinvention, he is a Tony Award and nine-time Emmy Award winner, a three-time Oscar nominee, and recipient of the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. For the first time, he has granted full access to his archives and personal memories to the authors of this lavish celebration of his achievements. The Art of Bob Mackie is the first-ever comprehensive and fully authorized book showcasing Mackie's work, from his early days as a sketch artist for the legendary Edith Head at Paramount to his current, cutting-edge costumes for pop stars and line of accessible, wearable clothing for QVC. In addition to hundreds of glorious photos and dozens of dishy recollections from Mackie and his many muses, this gorgeous volume features never-before-seen sketches from throughout his prolific career, from Marilyn Monroe's iconic Happy Birthday, Mr. President gown to Carol Burnett's Went with the Wind curtain-rod dress, to Cher's show-stopping 1986 Oscar look. As other designers have burst onto the scene and faded out of fashion, Mackie has soared from success to success, always remaining relevant because he has always been spectacularly fashion-forward. With a foreword by Carol Burnett and an afterword by Cher, The Art of Bob Mackie is a stunning must-have for lovers of sequins, beads, and feathers; Broadway shows and classic television; pop music and pop culture; and fashion with incomparable flair.