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Name:  Frank Vlastnik  

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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1969 in Peru, Illinois

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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.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.


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