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Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman (10/18/2022)

Twenty-five years of diaries, from thoughts and insights on theater performances, the craft of acting, politics, friendships, work projects, and his general musings on life. 480 pages.

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Randy Rainbow: Playing with Myself (4/27/2022)

Intimate and light-hearted memoir by viral sensation Randy Rainbow: "the highs, the lows, the lipstick, the pink glasses, and the show tunes."

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Finding Me: A Memoir (4/26/2022)

Memoir by Viola Davis. Audiobook editions narrated by the author. 304 pages Released 4/26/22.

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This Time for Me: A Memoir (4/1/2022)

An emotional, funny, and fabulous memoir by trailblazing and award-winning Trans actor and activist Alexandra Billings. Spanning five decades, from profound lows to exhilarating highs ... captures the events of a pioneering life ... award-winning actor and history-making LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist shares not only her own ever-evolving story but also the parallel ways in which queer identity has dramatically changed since the Stonewall riots of 1969. She weaves a true coming-of-age story of ric...

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Hold, Please: Stage Managing a Pandemic (3/29/2022)

By Broadway stage manager Richard Hester. Foreword by Rick Elice. A journey through one of the most fascinating periods in both our cultural and our personal histories. Written with humor and compassion ... provides a unique perspective on this time and delivers the most important lesson of all - Hope.

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Lord Knows, At Least I Was There: Working with Stephen Sondheim (3/22/2022)

By pianist Paul Ford, whom Stephen Sondheim called the "indefatigable master of the musical theatre." Foreword by Mandy Patinkin. Ford looks back on the performances and personalities that defined the American musical theatre in the waning years of the twentieth century. Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Donna Murphy, Elaine Stritch, Victor Garber, Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon, Stockard Channing, Donna McKechnie, Lauren Bacall, Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli, Martin Charnin, Liv Ullman, T...

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BAM... and Then It Hit Me (1/25/2022)

Memoir by Karen Brooks Hopkins, President Emerita of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Numerous photographs. 320 pages.

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All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business (11/30/2021)

All About Me! charts Mel Brooks’s meteoric rise from a Depression-era kid in Brooklyn to the recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Whether serving in the United States Army in World War II, or during his burgeoning career as a teenage comedian in the Catskills, Mel was always mining his experiences for material, always looking for the perfect joke. His iconic career began with Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, where he was part of the greatest writers’ room in history, which included Carl R...

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A Bit of Me: From Basildon to Broadway, and back (11/11/2021)

Memoir by West End/Broadway and TV performer Denise Van Outen (Chicago, Tell Me on a Sunday, Legally Blonde).

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Unprotected: A Memoir (10/19/2021)

"The life story of a singular artist and survivor in his own words ... the story of a boy whose talent and courage opened doors for him, but only a crack ... the story of a teenager discovering himself, learning his voice and his craft amidst deep trauma. And it is the story of a young man whose unbreakable determination led him through countless hard times to where he is now; a proud icon who refuses to back down or hide." 288 pages.

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Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life (10/12/2021)

Whether she’s playing an “age-defying” book editor on television or dazzling audiences on the Broadway stage, Sutton Foster manages to make it all look easy. How? Crafting. From the moment she picked up a cross stitch needle to escape the bullying chorus girls in her early performing days, she was hooked. Cross stitching led to crocheting, crocheting led to collages, which led to drawing, and so much more. Channeling her emotions into her creations centered Sutton as she navigated the significa...

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Smile: The Story of a Face (10/5/2021)

With a play opening on Broadway, and every reason to smile, Sarah Ruhl has just survived a high-risk pregnancy when she discovers the left side of her face is completely paralyzed. She is assured that 90 percent of Bell’s palsy patients see spontaneous improvement and experience a full recovery. Like Ruhl’s own mother. But Sarah is in the unlucky ten percent. And for a woman, wife, mother, and artist working in theater, the paralysis and the disconnect between the interior and exterior brings s...

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Dance or Die (9/21/2021)

DANCE OR DIE is an autobiographical coming-of-age account of young refugee, Ahmad Joudeh, who grows up in Damascus with dreams of becoming a dancer. Neither bombs nor family opposition keep him from taking classes, practicing hard, and ultimately becoming a Middle Eastern celebrity after success on a Lebanese reality show. But ISIS threatens him with death if he continues dancing, his father kicks him out of the house, and the war around him intensifies. Recruited by one of Syria’s top dance co...

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A Story That Happens (9/14/2021)

Drawing on O’Brien’s experience of cancer and of childhood abuse, and on his ongoing collaboration with a war reporter, the four essays in A Story that Happens―first written as craft lectures for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the US Air Force Academy―offer hard-won insights into what stories are for and the reasons why, "afraid and hopeful," we begin to tell them.

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Confessions of an Actress: From Chorus Girl to Broadway Star (9/1/2021)

Meredith Patterson (42nd Street, White Christmas) takes you through intimate, personal, joyous and often painful stories of her rise to Broadway ... whatever it took to support herself while battling self doubt, cut-throat competition while trying to stay as human as possible in an often-vicious industry. It is the story of her rise to Broadway, but also how tragedy made her come back down to earth and place her life's work.

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In My Own Footsteps - A Memoir (6/21/2021)

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David Suchet: Behind the Lens: My Life (3/16/2021)

David Suchet has been a stalwart of British stage and screen for fifty years. From Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Freud to Poirot, Edward Teller to Doctor Who, Harold Pinter to Terence Rattigan, Questions of Faith to Decline and Fall, right up to 2019's The Price, David has done it all. Throughout this spectacular career, David has never been without a camera, enabling him to vividly document his life in photographs. Seamlessly combining photo and memoir, Behind the Lens is the story of David's re...

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Walking with Ghosts: A Memoir (1/12/2021)

"Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame." Audio versions narrated by the author. 1

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Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad (12/1/2020)

Stories from renowned performers, dance educators, and other avid dance adventurers ... about epic dance adventures across North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa highlight various dance traditions, as well as unique aspects of each country's geography, history, demographics and educational systems.

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Rachel Bloom: I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are (11/27/2020)

Collection of personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more. Told in her unique voice (sometimes singing voice).

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David Suchet: Behind the Lens: My Life (11/24/2020)

Autobiography (with photos) by stage and film actor David Suchet. Discusses his London upbringing and love of the city, his Jewish roots and how they have influenced his career, the importance of his faith, how he really feels about fame, his love of photography and music, and his processes as an actor. He looks back on his fifty-year career, including reflections on how the industry has changed, his personal highs and lows, and how he wants to be remembered.

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Magic Time: A Memoir - Notes on Theater & Other Entertainments (8/25/2020)

The memoir begins with Wilson's earliest foray into playwriting, then on to Yale where he was a student and a professor. He was assistant to producer Lewis Allen and had a hand in the production of Big Fish, Little Fish and the film version of Lord of the Flies, directed by Peter Brook. Wilson taught at Hunter College and later at the CUNY Graduate Center for more than forty years. He was theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal from April 21, 1972, through the next twenty-three years, and th...

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The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: The Shorter Plays (8/6/2020)

With notes by Professor Gontarski. Completes this series of notebooks, with Play, Come and Go, Eh Joe, Footfalls, That Time and What Where.

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The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: Krapp's Last Tape (8/6/2020)

With notes by Professor Knowlson. Samuel Beckett directed Krapp's Last Tape on four separate occasions: this volume offers a facsimile of his 1969 Schiller-Theater notebook.

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Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti: A Working Diary (8/6/2020)

In this insightful joint working diary, the creative powerhouse of a couple, Lolita Chakrabarti and Adrian Lester, chronicle 16 months of their fascinating working lives, including their experiences working on the stage adaptation of Life of Pi, an original series of monologues about the NHS, the film adaptation of Red Velvet and the TV series The Rook, among many other projects. As readers, we experience, first-hand, their experiences as two of the most proactive and versatile theatre makers t...

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Stars in Their Underwear: My unpredictable journey from Broadway dancer to costume designer for some of Hollywood's biggest stars (6/13/2020)

Assistant to Bob Mackie, Diana Eden, dancer, actress, and costume designer, pulls back the curtain on stage and screen personalities such as Carol Burnett, Debra Messing, George Clooney, Betty White, Dixie Carter, Thomas Haden Church, Kaley Cuoco, and many more. Illustrated by Marisa Cooper

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The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad (5/5/2020)

Basis for Mike Birbiglia's Drama Desk-winning 2018 Broadway show The New One. Sharing some of his darkest and funniest thoughts about the decision to have a child, his wife's pregnancy, and that first year with their child. 256 pages.

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This Is Not My Memoir (5/5/2020)

This is Not My Memoir tells the life story of André Gregory, iconic theatre director, writer, and actor. For the first time, Gregory shares memories from a life lived for art, including stories from the making of My Dinner with André. Taking on the dizzying, wondrous nature of a fever dream, This is Not My Memoir includes fantastic and fantastical stories that take the reader from wartime Paris to golden-age Hollywood, from avant-garde theaters to monasteries in India. Along the way we meet Jer...

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Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer's Journey (3/16/2020)

Tony and Olivier Award–winning Bob Avian’s dazzling life story, Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey, is a memoir in three acts. Act I reveals the origins of one of Broadway’s legendary choreographers who appeared onstage with stars like Barbra Streisand and Mary Martin all before he was thirty. Act II includes teaching Katharine Hepburn how to sing and dance in Coco and working with Stephen Sondheim and Michael Bennett while helping to choreograph the original productions of Company...

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Reading Between the Lines: A Memoir (Janis Paige) (3/9/2020)

A memoir filled with stories of luminaries from the past. Chronicles such adventures as the author's journeys to the battlefields of Vietnam and Korea as well as one unforgettable trip to South Africa; her film career, vaudeville, Broadway, nightclubs, television and soaps; and her work to protect the legacy of her late husband, songwriter Ray Gilbert. 528 pages.

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Cicely Tyson Just as I Am: A Memoir (1/26/2020)

"Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am ...

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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (10/15/2019)

In this follow-up to her critically acclaimed memoir, Home, Julie Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career, including such classics as Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria. In Home, the number one New York Times international bestseller, Julie Andrews recounted her difficult childhood and her emergence as an acclaimed singer and performer on the stage. With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Julie picks up the story with her arrival...

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Jerome Robbins, by Himself: Selections from His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, and an Unfinished Memoir (10/1/2019)

The titanic choreographer, creator of memorable ballets, master of Broadway musicals, legendary show doctor and director, now revealed in his own words--the closest we will get to a memoir/autobiography--from his voluminous letters, journals, notes, diaries, never before published. Edited, and with commentary by Amanda Vaill, author of Robbins's biography, Somewhere, 2006 ("I can't imagine a better book about Robbins ever being written"--Terry Teachout, chief drama critic, The Wall Street Journ...

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Stages: A Theater Memoir (9/25/2019)

“I am over the moon that Albert Poland has written STAGES, a fascinating and revelatory memoir of his life in the world of New York Theater and beyond.” –ALAN MENKEN Albert Poland Legendary Broadway and Off Broadway Producer and General Manager presents STAGES – A THEATER MEMOIR

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It's Always Loud in the Balcony: A Life in Black Theater, from Harlem to Hollywood and Back (Applause Books) (9/15/2019)

Richard Wesley was witness to a revolution. As both a celebrated participant and eager student of the Black Theater Movement in the late 1960s, he became part of a seismic force in American culture, breaking down barriers and helping to disrupt the cultural landscape. It?s Always Loud in the Balcony: A Life in Black Theater, from Harlem to Hollywood and Back is both history and memoir, tracing Wesley?s roots from riot-torn Newark, New Jersey, across the rocky terrain of Harlem, and finally to H...

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Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein (6/11/2019)

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as th...

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Sense of Occasion (6/4/2019)

In this fast-moving, candid, conversational, and entertaining memoir, Harold Prince, the most honored director/producer in the history of the American theater looks back over his seventy-year (and counting!) career. In 1974, Prince released his first book, Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-Six Years in the Theatre. Although Contradictions has since attained cult status among producers, directors, and actors alike, Prince, in hindsight, believes he wasn't ready to publish such a tome at that po...

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Backing into the Spotlight: A Memoir (3/12/2019)

Standing in front of a full-length mirror in my dressing room at ITV studios, waiting to go on to the set of Backchat, I had a brief conversation with my reflection. 'Michael, what the f*** do you think you're doing?' Theatrical agent Michael Whitehall spent a career pushing others into the spotlight. He had been involved behind the scenes with the careers of many prominent actors, including Colin Firth, Richard Griffiths, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Courtenay, Ian Ogilvy, Judi Dench, Edward Fo...

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Jarmila Novotná: My Life in Song (9/24/2018)

A legendary beauty, hailed as one of the greatest singing actors of her time, Jarmila Novotná (1907–1994) was an internationally known opera soprano from the former Czechoslovakia. Best known for her performances in Der Rosenkavalier, The Marriage of Figaro, and La Traviata, she was a celebrated performer at the Metropolitan Opera and other theaters across Europe and the United States. A "natural screen actress," Novotná also appeared in Hollywood hits such as The Search (1948) with Montgomery ...

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Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship (9/11/2018)

In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished author and playwright, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Max Ritvo, a student in her playwriting class at Yale University, was an exuberant, opinionated, and highly gifted poet. He was also in remission from pediatric cancer. Over the next four years?in which Ritvo’s illness returned and his health declined, even as his productivity bloomed?the two exchanged letters that spark with urgency, humor, and the desire for connection. Reincarnation, bo...

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The Street Where I Live: A Memoir (4/3/2018)

The Street Where I Live is at once an intimate biography of three great shows?My Fair Lady, Gigi, and Camelot?and a candid account of the life and times of Alan Jay Lerner, one of America’s most acclaimed and popular lyricists. Large-hearted, humorous, and often poignant in its reverence for a celebrated era in the American theater, it is the story of what Lerner calls “the sundown of wit, eccentricity, and glamour.” Try as he might to keep himself out of these pages, Lerner reveals himself to ...

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Unmasked: A Memoir (3/6/2018)

"You have the luck of Croesus on stilts (as my Auntie Vi would have said) if you’ve had the sort of career, ups and downs, warts and all that I have in that wondrous little corner of show business called musical theatre." One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades. The winner of numerous awards, including multiple Tonys and an Oscar, Lloyd Webber has enchanted millions worldwide with...

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Then and Now: A Memoir (6/21/2016)

One of the greatest American singers and actresses of her generation looks back on a magical and turbulent life spanning a half century of theatrical history from the golden age of the Broadway musical to the present day. A legend of the American theater, Barbara Cook burst upon the scene to become Broadway’s leading ingénue in roles such as Cunégonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Amalia Balash in Jerry Bock’s She Loves Me, and her career-defining, Tony-winning role as the original Marian ...

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Falling off Broadway (12/29/2014)

Falling off Broadway is a witty, entertaining memoir by Tony Award-winning producer David Black of his adventures on Broadway. The book is filled with revealing personal accounts of theatrical luminaries and well-known figures such as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Groucho Marx, Joshua Logan, Alan King, David Merrick, Donald Trump, and Richard Nixon. This memoir is based on David Black's one-man play, which...

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Out of the Woods: A True Story (12/21/2014)

Father takes six-year-old daughter to see summer production of Into the Woods thinking in his ignorance it would be appropriate for children because it’s about fairy tales. Problem is that her mother died when daughter was three weeks old, and seeing the show opens the floodgates to almost seven years of unresolved grief for father and daughter both. Next morning, daughter wakes father and begs him to take her to see it again. And the same the next morning, and the next after that. And so begin...

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Watch Me: A Memoir (11/11/2014)

Following her “extraordinary” (Vanity Fair), “evocative” (The New York Times), “magically beautiful” (The Boston Globe), “gorgeously written” (O, The Oprah Magazine) coming-of-age memoir, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston writes about her relationship with Jack Nicholson, her rise to stardom, her work with the greatest directors in Hollywood, her love affair with her husband, and much more. Anjelica Huston was twenty-nine years old and trying to create a place for herself as an a...

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Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals (11/1/2014)

As a playwright, screenwriter, and director, Arthur Laurents has a unique place in the history of theater. In this moving, exhilarating, and provocative account, he presents readers with a front-row look at the making of two of the greatest musicals of the American stage, West Side Story and Gypsy. He writes in rich detail about his new bilingual production of West Side Story, along with his most recent production of Gypsy, how it began as an act of love, and how that love spread through the en...

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Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 1 (10/20/2014)

A compilation of Seth's hilarious, Broadway-centric "Onstage and Backstage" columns for Playbill.com, chronicling Seth Rudetsky's unique life on and around the Great White Way. Seth's Broadway Diary is full of his personal Broadway experiences, such as going to the final performance and party for Rent, watching in terror as Jeff Bowen was dragged off the stage during [title of show] and the night he saw Spring Awakening and helped Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele break (-ish) the law. Plus, insid...

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I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, On the Stage, and in the Movies (10/14/2014)

Beloved stage and screen actor Danny Aiello’s big-hearted memoir reveals a man of passion, integrity, and guts—and lays bare one of the most unlikely success stories ever told. Danny Aiello admits that he backed into his acting career by mistake. That’s easy to see when you begin at the beginning: Raised by his loving and fiercely resilient mother in the tenements of Manhattan and the South Bronx, and forever haunted by the death of his infant brother, Danny struggled early on to define who ...

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