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Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story
by Cara Mentzel

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<p><i>Voice Lessons </i>is the story of one younger sister growing up in the shadow of a larger-than-life older sister—looking up to her, wondering how they were alike and how they were different and, ultimately, learning how to live her own life and speak in her own voice on her own terms. </p><p>As Cara Mentzel, studied, explored, married, gave birth (twice) and eventually became an elementary school teacher, she watched her sister, Idina Menzel, from the wings and gives readers a front row seat to opening night of <i>Rent </i>and <i>Wicked</i>, a seat at the Tonys, and a place on the red carpet when her sister taught millions more, as the voice of Queen Elsa in the animated musical <i>Frozen, </i>to “Let It Go.” <i>Voice Lessons </i>is the story of sisters—sisters with pig tails, sisters with boyfriends and broken hearts, sisters as mothers and aunts, sisters as teachers and ice-queens, sisters as allies and confidantes. </p><p>As Cara puts it, <i>“</i>My big sister is Tony-Award-Winning, Gravity-Defying, Let-It-Go-Singing Idina Menzel who has received top billing on Broadway marquees, who has performed for Barbra Streisand and President Obama, at the Super Bowl and at the Academy Awards. The world knows her as 'Idina Menzel', but I call her 'Dee'.” <i>Voice Lessons</i> is their story.</p>
Dear Evan Hansen: Through the Window
by , Justin Paul

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<div><b>Winner of 6 Tony Awards!</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>The official behind-the-scenes book of the new hit musical.</b></div><div><br /></div><div>A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a new American musical about life and the way we live it.</div><div><br /></div><div>The book-produced by Melcher Media, the team behind <i>Hamilton</i>, <i>Wicked</i>, <i>Rent</i>, and many more-tells the story of the musical from its conception nearly a decade ago to the Broadway stage. From developing the idea to writing the show, composing, casting, and rehearsals, DEAR EVAN HANSEN appeals to fans far and wide offering them the opportunity to continuously revisit the show, and for those who haven't seen the musical, reading the book will make them feel like they have.</div><div><br /></div><div>Filled with interviews with the cast and crew, original behind-the-scenes photography, a deeper look into Evan's fictional world and the visual world of the show, unreleased lyrics, and of course the libretto, as well as reflections on the creators own formative memories from their adolescence as it relates to the show's themes, and important examinations of how we present ourselves online and mental health, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a beautifully produced, thoughtful, and uplifting book.</div>
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adven...
by Alan Alda

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • Award-winning actor Alan Alda tells the fascinating story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor.<br /></b><br /><b>“Invaluable.”—Deborah Tannen, #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>You’re the Only One I Can Tell </i>and <i>You Just Don’t Understand</i></b><br /><br /> Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. <i>If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?</i> is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS’s <i>Scientific American Frontiers,</i> where he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand—and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.<br /><br /> In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling—especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.<br /><br /> Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. Exploring empathy-boosting games and exercises, <i>If I Understood You</i> is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives—with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.<br /><br /><b>“Alda uses his trademark humor and a well-honed ability to get to the point, to help us all learn how to leverage the better communicator inside each of us.”—<i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /><b>“Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now.”—Charlie Rose</b>
Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London's National Theatre
by Nicholas Hytner

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<b>From the Tony Award and Laurence Olivier Award-winning former director of London's National Theatre--this is a fascinating, candid, eloquent memoir about his career directing theater, producing films and opera, and working closely with some of the world's most celebrated actors.</b> <br /><br />The list of Nicholas Hytner's accomplishments is long and distinguished: as Artistic Director of London's National Theatre from 2003-2015, he directed and produced a great number of their most popular and memorable plays and musicals, many of which have come to Broadway: <i>Carousel,</i> Richard Bean's <i>One Man, Two Guvnors</i>, David Hare's<i> Stuff Happens</i> among them. He directed both the London and Broadway productions of <i>Miss Saigon</i>, each of which ran for ten years. He directed Alan Bennett's <i>The Madness of George III</i> on both stage and screen. In short: He is one of today's most successful and admired theatrical impresarios. <br /><br />In <i>Balancing Acts</i>, Hytner gives us a detailed behind-the-scenes look at his creative process. From reviving classic musicals and mastering Shakespeare to commissioning new plays, he shows theater making to be a necessarily collaborative exercise, and he writes insightfully about the actors and playwrights he's worked with: Derek Jacobi, Richard Griffiths, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard among them. With a cultural range that spans from <i>The Mikado</i> to <i>The Lady in the Van</i>, <i>Balancing Acts</i> is not only a memoir but a gathering of illuminating notes on the art of directing and a thoughtful meditation on the purpose of theater.
The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Co...
by , Bernard Knox

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English

Pages

436

Publication Date

February 07, 1984

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<b>The heroic Greek dramas that have moved theatergoers and readers since the fifth century B.C.</b><br /><br />Towering over the rest of Greek tragedy, the three plays that tell the story of the fated Theban royal family—<i>Antigone, Oedipus the King </i>and<i> Oedipus at Colonus—</i>are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written. Robert Fagles's authoritative and acclaimed translation conveys all of Sophocles's lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of his choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction and notes by the renowned classicist Bernard Knox.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Finding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story
by Rick Elice

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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Rick Elice, author of Jersey Boys, Addams Family, and Peter and the Starcatcher for Broadway, has penned a heartbreaking memoir of his 34 years with the inimitable Roger Rees. Some may recognize Roger as Nicholas Nickleby and others will know him as Kirstie Alley's boyfriend on Cheers. When he died of brain cancer in 2015, Broadway dimmed all the lights in his honor -- a true stage legend. Pulled straight from Rick's enormous and broken heart, Finding Roger will touch everyone who reads it. It's a story of profound loss -- but also a love story for the ages.
Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitti...
by Deanne Stillman

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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The little known story of the unlikely friendship of two famous figures of the American West—Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull—told through their time in Cody’s Wild West show in the 1880s.<BR><BR>It was in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883 that William F. Cody—known across the land as Buffalo Bill—conceived of his Wild West show, an “equestrian extravaganza” featuring cowboys and Indians. The idea took off. For four months in 1885 the Lakota chief Sitting Bull appeared in the show. <i>Blood Brothers</i> tells the story of these two iconic figures through their brief but important collaboration.<BR> <BR><i>Blood Brothers</i> flashes back to 1876, when the Lakota wiped out Custer’s 7th Cavalry unit at the Little Big Horn. Sitting Bull did not participate in the “last stand,” but was nearby—and blamed for killing Custer. The book also flashes forward to 1890, when Sitting Bull was assassinated. Hours before, Cody rushed to Sitting Bull’s cabin at Standing Rock, dispatched by the army to avert a disaster.<BR> <BR>Deanne Stillman unearths little told details about the two men and their tumultuous times. Their alliance was eased by none other than Annie Oakley. When Sitting Bull joined the Wild West, the event spawned one of the earliest advertising slogans: “Foes in ’76, Friends in ’85”—referring to the Little Big Horn. Cody paid his performers well, and he treated the Indians no differently from white performers. During this time, the Native American rights movement began to flourish. But with their way of life in tatters, the Lakota and others availed themselves of the chance to perform in the Wild West. When Cody died in 1917, a large contingent of Native Americans attended his public funeral.<BR> <BR>An iconic friendship tale like no other, <i>Blood Brothers</i> is truly a timeless story of people from different cultures who crossed barriers to engage each other as human beings. And it foretells today’s battle on the Great Plains.
Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus
by , Maggie Lloyd-Williams

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English

Pages

158

Publication Date

November 05, 2017

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<p>A vital companion for actors in rehearsal - a thesaurus of action-words to revitalise performance, with a foreword by Terry Johnson.</p><p>Finding the right action is an essential part of the process of preparation for the actor. Using this thesaurus of active verbs, the actor can refine the action-word until s/he hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive. The method of 'actioning' is widely used in rehearsal rooms, but has never before been set down in a systematic and comprehensive way.</p><p>'If you want to act, or act better, Actions will take you a long way on the journey to excellence' Terry Johnson</p><p>This bestselling book is now available as an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.</p><p>In addition to the full list of action-words found in the book, the app includes:</p><p>A to Z search, and predictive search function<br />Emotional groupings to help you pinpoint the action you require<br />Bookmark, note-making and random word functions<br />Share your actions on social media or by email<br />Full instructions on how to use actioning in rehearsal, plus how to use the app<br />To learn more, and download your copy, visit the iTunes website.</p><p>'This condenses all the usefulness of the book into a neat little app. Absolutely invaluable!' - User review</p>
Life Is Like a Musical: How to Live, Love, and Lead Like a Star
by Tim Federle

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English

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224

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October 03, 2017

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<strong>A Self-Help Guide--with Jazz Hands! <em>Life is Like a Musical</em> features 50 wry, witty tips on getting ahead in life and love--all learned in the showbiz trenches. </strong><br /><br /> <strong>"Hilarious, wise, and one-of-a-kind. This book is so damn brilliant I'm surprised it didn't already exist." -- Sarah Knight, bestselling author of <em>The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck</em></strong><br /><br /> Before Tim Federle became a bestselling author and a Broadway playwright, he worked as a back-up dancer at the Super Bowl, a polar bear at Radio City, and a card-carrying chorus boy on Broadway. <em>Life is Life a Musical</em> features 50 tips learned backstage, onstage, and in between gigs, with chapters such as "Dance Like <em>Everyone's </em>Watching" and "Save the Drama for the Stage." This charming and clever guide will appeal to all ages and inspire readers to step into the lead role of their own life, even if they're not a recovering theater major.
Sense of Occasion
by Harold Prince

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English

Pages

343

Publication Date

August 01, 2017

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(Applause Books). In this fast-moving, candid, conversational, and entertaining memoir, Harold Prince, the most honored director in the history of the American theater (22 Tony Awards and counting), looks back over his 70-year (and counting!) career. Featuring original material from Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-Six Years in the Theatre , Prince provides a fresh, new perspective on his writing from the vantage point of today. Sense of Occasion gives an insider's recollection of the making of such landmark musicals as West Side Story , Fiddler on the Roof , Cabaret , Company , Follies , Sweeney Todd , Evita , and Phantom of the Opera , with Prince's perceptive comments about his mentor George Abbott and his many celebrated collaborators, including Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, Boris Aronson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Zero Mostel, Carol Burnett, and Joel Grey. As well as detailing his titanic successes that changed the form and content of the American musical theater, Prince even-handedly reflects on the shows that didn't work, most memorably and painfully Merrily We Roll Along . Throughout, he offers insights into the way business is conducted on Broadway, drawing sharp contrasts between past and present. This thoughtful, complete account of one of the most legendary and long-lived careers in theater history, written by the man who lived it, is an essential work of personal and professional recollection.

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