There's actually a lot more inside stuff than you can imagine. He was fairly close to Bernie Jacobs during the pre-Disney period when the Shuberts were leading the charge to revive Broadway.
Those of us who are old enough to remember the last gasps of Broadway-pre-AIDS will remember that before Disney helped clean up 42nd Street, the Shuberts, Joe Papp and A Chorus Line cleaned up 44th Street.
Love him or hate him--and there are so many reasons to hate him--this is the best-written book on Broadway since William Goldman's The Season.
He brings to life the Broadway of the 1970s and 1980s, the squalor, the desperation, the life, the deaths, the onslaught of AIDS, the rises and falls and rises of the Shuberts, A Chorus Line, Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Joe Papp, Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, Disney.
I've always hated rap and hip-hop (or thought I did) and went dreading it.
I ended up being more excited about it--as I've said several times on this board since that night--more excited about Hamilton than I have been since I was in high school in 1971, and I went to a Saturday matinee of the original production of Follies.
No musical since Follies--including Night Music, A Chorus
I'm perfectly capable of watching a group of good actors sing about "Molasses to Rum to Slaves" and know exactly what each one thinks by his (or her) acting. I don't need their skin color to be all matchy-matchy to their words.