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Unmasked: A Memoir (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...

Unmasked: A Memoir
The Street Where I Live: A Memoir (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 ...

The Street Where I Live: A Memoir
Unmasked (2018)

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Then and Now: A Memoir (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 ...

Then and Now: A Memoir
A Year with the Producers: One Actor's Exhausting (But Worth It) Journey from Cats to Mel Brooks' Mega-Hit (2014)

* This e-book contains 10 new illustrations. The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as mar...

A Year with the Producers: One Actor's Exhausting (But Worth It) Journey from Cats to Mel Brooks' Mega-Hit
The Accidental Mouseketeer: Before and After the Mickey Mouse Club (2014)

Lonnie Burr never wanted to be a Mouseketeer. When Disney offered him the ears, he turned them down. He was already an established child star, and he didn't want to take a chance on some oddball project involving "Mouseketeers". The next day Lonnie's mom got a call from Disney: "If you don't accept our offer, your son will never work in this town again." Lonnie took the offer. He became famous, his face on magazine covers, the idol of millions of fans, across the world. And then, in 1959, it wa...

The Accidental Mouseketeer: Before and After the Mickey Mouse Club
Shirley Jones: A Memoir (2014)

“You are going to meet the real flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not just the movie star or Mrs. Partridge,” says the beloved film, television, and stage actress and singer of her long-awaited memoir, an account as shockingly direct, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank as the performer herself. Sharing the “candid” (Los Angeles Times) and “revealing” (Associated Press) details of her life in Hollywood’s inner circle and beyond, Shirley Jones blows past the wholesome, squeaky-clean image ...

Shirley Jones: A Memoir
Brunette Ambition (2014)

The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide. Lea Michele is one of the hardest working performers in show business. Whether she’s starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, rocking a glamorous look on the red carpet, recording her solo album, or acting as the spokesperson for L’Oreal, Lea is the ultimate multi-tasker. She knows better than anyone that ...

Brunette Ambition
What Happened When Show Business Married The Mafia (2014)

Larry Spellman tells his personal story in a unique memoir of how his show business life met the mafia when he married his wife, a daughter of the New York mob. It's a look behind the glamor in the humorous and touching story of a city kid who made good in a tough business --and won the heart of the girl of his dreams. Top William Morris agent, theatrical and film producer, Mafia insider, father and husband, Larry's rich and colorful story is not to be missed.

What Happened When Show Business Married The Mafia
Caravan to Oz: A family reinvents itself off-off-Broadway (2014)

Caravan to Oz is a memoir of The Harris Family's artistic and personal journey. The story begins on the cusp of America's explosive social, cultural and artistic revolution of the 1960s and culminates with the impact and aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001. Life and art collide in this candid, often flamboyant, family memoir. Between their tiny garage theatre in Florida and thundering acclaim on the stages of New York and Europe, the Harris family reinvented ...

Caravan to Oz: A family reinvents itself off-off-Broadway
I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, On the Stage, and in the Movies (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 ...

I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, On the Stage, and in the Movies
Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 1 (2014)

A compilation of Seth's hilarious, Broadway-centric "Onstage and Backstage" columns for, 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...

Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 1
Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals (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...

Mainly on Directing: Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals
Watch Me: A Memoir (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...

Watch Me: A Memoir
Out of the Woods: A True Story (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...

Out of the Woods: A True Story
Falling off Broadway (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...

Falling off Broadway
Unsinkable: A Memoir (2013)

Unsinkable is the definitive memoir by film legend and Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds. Actress, comedienne, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds shares the highs and lows of her life as an actress during Hollywood’s Golden Age, anecdotes about her lifelong friendship with Elizabeth Taylor and her experiences as the foremost collector of Hollywood memorabilia, and intimate details of her marriages and family life with her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher. A story of heartbreak, hope, and sur...

Unsinkable: A Memoir
Rita Moreno: A Memoir (2013)

In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend—and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumult...

Rita Moreno: A Memoir
World on a String: A Musical Memoir (2012)

John Pizzarelli, the son of jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, is a connoisseur of American song who grew up among the legends of jazz. From teenage explorations of rock music to life on the road with his father, he worked his way from gigs in tiny clubs to opening for Frank Sinatra during his final international tour. Now Pizzarelli performs in festivals and top venues across the United States and the world, and he shares his unique journey in this revealing, charming, and heartwarming memoir...

World on a String: A Musical Memoir
The Rest of the Story: A Continued Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood (2012)

Best known for the hit musicals West Side Story and Gypsy , Arthur Laurents began his career writing socially minded plays such as Home of the Brave and Time of the Cuckoo . He also garnered impressive credits as a screenwriter ( The Way We Were ) and stage director ( La Cage aux Folles ). Such a varied professional life makes for absorbing reading, as unleashed in his lively 2000 autobiography, Original Story By . Laurents passed away early in 2011 but not before writing The Rest of the Story ...

The Rest of the Story: A Continued Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood
Places, Please!: Becoming a Jersey Boy (2012)

Everyone has heard of the Jersey Boys. Thirteen million people have seen the show, totaling more than $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales. Jersey Boys tells the true-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and features such hits as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." The production is currently in its seventh year on Broadway, and is also playing in Las Vegas, London, Auckland, and is on two US National Tours. Since its debut in 200...

Places, Please!: Becoming a Jersey Boy
Alfie: My Life, My Music, My Story (2012)

From car mechanic to internationally loved opera, musical and recording star: the story of Alfie Boe...Alfie Boe is the first official bad boy of opera: a musical superstar celebrated not only in Britain, but worldwide. This is the story of his life - the ups and the downs, from finding fame to losing his father - and, essentially, of his love affair with music. Raised in Lancashire, the youngest of nine children and with a father who played opera at home, Alfie's story is not typical of most mu...

Alfie: My Life, My Music, My Story
The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities (2012)

The Memory of All That is Katharine Weber’s memoir of her extraordinary family. Her maternal grandmother, Kay Swift, was known both for her own music (she was the first woman to compose the score to a hit Broadway show, Fine and Dandy) and for her ten-year romance with George Gershwin. Their love affair began during Swift’s marriage to James Paul Warburg, the multitalented banker and economist who advised (and feuded with) FDR. Weber creates an intriguing and intimate group portrait of the r...

The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities
Memoir (Title Unknown) (2012)

Cyndi Lauper is a singer-songwriter who has released eleven albums and over forty singles. Her hit singles include 'Time After Time,' 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,' and 'True Colors.' She starred as Jenny in THE THREEPENNY OPERA on Broadway. Her most recent project, Kinky Boots, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago this fall. Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots will play the Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL) i...

Memoir (Title Unknown)
The Musical That Changed My Life (2012)

The Musical That Changed My Life
Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them (2012)

Rita Hayworth dancing by candlelight in a small Mexican village; Elizabeth Taylor devouring homemade pasta and tenderly wrapping him in her pashmina scarf; streaking for Sir Laurence Olivier in a drafty English castle; terrifying a dozing Jackie Onassis; carrying an unconscious Montgomery Clift to safety on a dark New York City street. Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funn...

Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them
In Spite of Myself (Paperback edition) (2012)

A vibrant, exuberant self-portrait of one of today’s greatest living actors. Christopher Plummer’s magnificent book recounts the wild adventure that is his life, stretching from a privileged childhood in Canada to the glorious, star-studded New York of the fifties to a sensational career in film appearing in some of our most beloved classics. Here are his late nights out with Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, Paddy Chayefsky, and Arthur Miller; his affairs and marriages; his collaboratio...

In Spite of Myself (Paperback edition)
Henry Irving (2012)

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Excerpt: ... CLOSING SCENES. DECEMBER 7th.--Mr. Irving's engagement, which began on November ioth, was ended last night. It has filled a period of four weeks and it has been prosperous to the actor and advantageous to the public. The pieces presented were, with two exceptions, those in which Mr. Irving and Miss Terry had been see...

Henry Irving
An Actress Prepares (2012)

"I've been waiting for someone to write this book for years: a thorough-going analysis and reconsideration of American approaches to Stanislavsky from a feminist perspective ... lively, intelligent, and engaging." Phillip Zarrilli, University of Exeter "Theatre people of any gender will be transformed by Rose Malague’s eye-opening study An Actress Prepares. Women performers have long needed this trenchant analysis of the craft of method acting, one that intervenes in its more sexist tendencie...

An Actress Prepares
Conducting Business (2012)

Conducting an orchestra is something that is seen as well as heard, but it is quite misunderstood when it comes to knowing what this person actually does for a living. This most mysterious of jobs is brought to life for the music lover as well as for the aspiring maestro in a new book by Leonard Slatkin. Drawing on his own experiences on and off the podium, Slatkin brings us into the world of the baton. He tells tales of some of the most fascinating people in the musical world, including Frank ...

Conducting Business
Plays and Performance Texts by Women 1880-1930 (2012)

This groundbreaking anthology, part of theWomen, Theatre and Performanceseries, brings together an extraordinary mix of one-act and full length plays and solo performance texts written by women. Included in the volume are texts by Beatrice Herford, Ruth Draper, Zora Neale Hurston, and G.B. Stern, originally performed across commercial and amateur theaters in Britain and America. Some of the plays have remained unpublished since their original performance – Georgina Weldon'sNot Alone, Clothilde ...

Plays and Performance Texts by Women 1880-1930
Archaeologies of Presence (2012)

Archaeologies of Presence
Theater Careers (2012)

Theater Careers is designed to empower aspiring theater professionals to make savvy, informed decisions through a concise overview of how to prepare for and find work in the theater business. Tim Donahue and Jim Patterson offer well-researched information on various professions, salary ranges, educational and experience requirements, and other facets certain to enlighten students contemplating a theater career, as well as inform counselors, teachers, and parents of available opportunities and t...

Theater Careers
When Pigs Could Fly and Bears Could Dance (2012)

For more than seven decades the circuses enjoyed tremendous popularity in the Soviet Union. How did the circus—an institution that dethroned figures of authority and refused any orderly narrative structure—become such a cultural mainstay in a state known for blunt and didactic messages? Miriam Neirick argues that the variety, flexibility, and indeterminacy of the modern circus accounted for its appeal not only to diverse viewers but also to the Soviet state. In a society where government-legiti...

When Pigs Could Fly and Bears Could Dance
Harold Pinter (2012)

Harold Pinter
Theatre and Architecture (2012)

Theatre and architecture are seeming opposites: one a time-based art-form experienced in space, the other a spacial art experienced over time.This book will explore and disprovethese assumptions, demonstrating ways in which theatre and architecture are co-constitutive and contextualizing their dynamic and complex inter-relationship historically and culturally

Theatre and Architecture
Light: A Reader in Theatre Practice (2012)

Light contains a range of classic accounts and rare documents that offer not only different approaches to light as a creative force in performance, but also an account ofits rich history as a practice. Considered through its equipment, its dramaturgy, and as an element of design, light is shown to have aprofound effect on an audience.

Light: A Reader in Theatre Practice
The Rest of the Story (2012)

Laurents passed away early in 2011 but not before writing The Rest of the Story, in which he revealed all that had happened in his life since Original Story By, filled with the wisdom he gained by growing older and a new perspective brought on by Laurents' experience of deep personal loss, including the death of his longtime companion, Tom Hatcher. Laurents' style remains engrossing and brutally honest. His voice is still highly intelligent, loving, generous, and gracious. He remained committed ...

The Rest of the Story
Tales of a Broadway Flack: The Charmed Life of Press Agent Sol Jacobson (2011)

All the excitement of Broadway during the glory days of the Great White Way comes to life in Tales of a Broadway Flack, David A. Longs engrossing new biography about Sol Jacobson, press agent for some of Broadways most memorable shows and legendary performers, from Desi Arnaz and Eddie Bracken (Too Many Girls, 1939), Boris Karloff (Arsenic and Old Lace, 1941), Tallulah Bankhead (The Skin of Our Teeth, 1942), to Zero Mostel (Fiddler on the Roof, 1964) with a plethora of shows in between. If you ...

Tales of a Broadway Flack: The Charmed Life of Press Agent Sol Jacobson
Drama: An Actor's Education (2011)

In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye and before he became a nationally known star. Above all, Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illust...

Drama: An Actor's Education
Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir (2011)

One of Hollywood's most talented and memorable actresses ("The Hustler, Carrie") and three-time Oscar nominee presents an intimate memoir covering her life and career.

Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir
HAROLD: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain (2011)

Was it worth it, this awful struggle to survive, no matter what the cost?" Harold is Hal Holbrook’s affecting memoir of growing up behind disguises, and his lifelong search for himself. Abandoned by his mother and father when he was two, Holbrook and his two sisters each commenced their separate journeys of survival. Raised by his powerful grandfather until his death when Holbrook was twelve, Holbrook spent his childhood at boarding schools, visiting his father in an insane asylum, and hopin...

HAROLD: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain
Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond (2011)

For millions of people around the world, Carol Brady is synonymous with motherhood, but growing up as the youngest of ten children in rural Indiana in the aftermath of the Great Depression, Florence Henderson lived a life quite different from that of the quintessential TV mom she later played on television. Florence's father was a dirt-poor tobacco tenant farmer who was nearly fifty years old when he married Florence's twenty-five-year-old mother, and was nearly seventy when Florence was born....

Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond
As If: An Autobiography (2011)

As If: An Autobiography traces the complex life and career of director, scholar, and theorist Herbert Blau, one of the most innovative voices in the American theater. From his earliest years on the streets of Brooklyn, with gang wars there, to the often embattled, now-legendary Actor's Workshop of San Francisco, the powerfully told story of Blau's first four decades is also a social history, moving from the Great Depression to the cold war, with fallout from "the balance of terror" on what he on...

As If: An Autobiography
Trust Me: A Memoir (2011)

"These are memoirs of a kid born in New York City in 1925. His dad, George Senior, was a pianist, composer, and orchestra leader at Proctor's Vaudeville Theatre, and his mother, Helen, played in a classic dance troupe. Hanky-panky ensued. They married, and I soon was the result... I write like I talk. A long time ago I tried making 'talking and telling the truth' one and the same. That isn't just difficult; it means painfully reviewing things you've been led to believe since you were a child. Th...

Trust Me: A Memoir
My Life in Pieces (2011)

Simon Callow writes with perceptiveness, wit and flair about the remarkable people he has encountered in the course of his career. My Life in Pieces coincides with his latest stage venture, a one-man show called Shakespeare: The Man from Stratford, written by the well-known Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate.

My Life in Pieces
She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir (2011)

Gayle Batt is the kind of lady who throws elegant cocktail parties while wearing layers of silk chiffon, dripping pearls, and eight months’ pregnant. She is the kind of woman who says “anyhoo” and calls everyone “Dahlin’” or a special pet name. With hair, makeup, and nails always done to perfection, she triumphs rather than crumbles when infidelity, alcoholism, cancer, or any form of adversity attempts to shatter her family. Endearing and enduring, Gayle is a big-hearted, strong-willed true Sout...

She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir
I Was a Dancer (2011)

From one of America’s finest, and most celebrated, classical dancers; former principal dancer for more than three decades with the New York City Ballet—the irresistible story of an exhilarating life in dance. He writes of the New York City Ballet and those at its center: Lincoln Kirstein; Jerome Robbins; George Balanchine (“With Robbins, you were amplified; with Balanchine, you were transformed”), as well as the ballerinas who were Balanchine’s muses—Maria Tallchief, Tanaquil LeClercq, Allegr...

I Was a Dancer
And Furthermore (2011)

I can hardly believe that it is more than half a century since I first stepped on to the stage of the Old Vic Theatre and into a way of life that has brought me the most rewarding professional relationships and friendships. I cannot imagine now ever doing anything else with my life except acting…” – Judi Dench From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to “M” in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has ...

And Furthermore
Still Untitled, Not Quite Autobiography (2010)

Actor Ron Moody has enthralled generations with his masterly performance as Fagin in both the stage and film versions of Oliver! - one of the great classics of British theatre and cinema. Planning to become an academic, he first took to the boards when a student at the London School of Economics - writing and performing in student Reviews. But his comedic talent and ability to create a string of eccentric and original characters quickly caught the attention of West End producers, who recognised ...

Still Untitled, Not Quite Autobiography

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