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Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolutio...
by Todd S. Purdum

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English

Pages

400

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April 03, 2018

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<p><b>A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century</b></p><p>They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals <i>Oklahoma!</i>, <i>Carousel</i>,<i> South Pacific</i>, <i>The King and I</i>, and <i>The Sound of Music</i>, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built.</p><br /><p>Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch.</p><br /><p>Todd S. Purdum’s portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and young lovers wherever they are. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful.</p>
The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts
by Tessa Fontaine

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><b>Tessa Fontaine’s astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, <i>The Electric Woman</i>, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery—through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother. </b></p><p>Turns out, one lesson applies to living through illness, keeping the show on the road, letting go of the person you love most, and eating fire:</p><p><i>The trick is there is no trick. </i><br /><i> You eat fire by eating fire. </i></p><p>Two journeys—a daughter’s and a mother’s—bear witness to this lesson in <i>The Electric Woman</i>. </p><p>For three years Tessa Fontaine lived in a constant state of emergency as her mother battled stroke after stroke. But hospitals, wheelchairs, and loss of language couldn’t hold back such a woman; she and her husband would see Italy together, come what may. Thus Fontaine became free to follow her own piper, a literal giant inviting her to “come play” in the World of Wonders, America’s last traveling sideshow. How could she resist?</p><p> Transformed into an escape artist, a snake charmer, and a high-voltage Electra, Fontaine witnessed the marvels of carnival life: intense camaraderie and heartbreak, the guilty thrill of hard-earned cash exchanged for a peek into the impossible, and, most marvelous of all, the stories carnival folks tell about themselves. Through these, Fontaine trained her body to ignore fear and learned how to keep her heart open in the face of loss. </p><p>A story for anyone who has ever imagined running away with the circus, wanted to be someone else, or wanted a loved one to live forever, <i>The Electric Woman </i>is ultimately about death-defying acts of all kinds, especially that ever constant: good old-fashioned unconditional love.</p>
The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America
by , Dan Kois

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English

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448

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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<b><b>The oral history of <i>Angels in America</i>, as told by the artists who created it and the audiences forever changed by it--a moving account of the AIDS era, essential queer history, and an exuberant backstage tale.<br /><br /></b></b>When Tony Kushner's <i>Angels in America</i> hit Broadway in 1993, it won the Pulitzer Prize, swept the Tonys, launched a score of major careers, and changed the way gay lives were represented in popular culture. Mike Nichols's 2003 HBO adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and Mary-Louise Parker was itself a tour de force, winning Golden Globes and eleven Emmys, and introducing the play to an even wider public. This generation-defining classic continues to shock, move, and inspire viewers worldwide.<br /> <br />Now, on the 25th anniversary of that Broadway premiere, Isaac Butler and Dan Kois offer the definitive account of <i>Angels in America</i> in the most fitting way possible: through oral history, the vibrant conversation and debate of actors (including Streep, Parker, Nathan Lane, and Jeffrey Wright), directors, producers, crew, and Kushner himself. Their intimate storytelling reveals the on- and offstage turmoil of the play's birth--a hard-won miracle beset by artistic roadblocks, technical disasters, and disputes both legal and creative. And historians and critics help to situate the play in the arc of American culture, from the staunch activism of the AIDS crisis through civil rights triumphs to our current era, whose politics are a dark echo of the Reagan '80s.<br /><br />Expanded from a popular <i>Slate</i> cover story and built from nearly 250 interviews, <i>The World Only Spins Forward</i> is both a rollicking theater saga and an uplifting testament to one of the great works of American art of the past century, from its gritty San Francisco premiere to its starry, much-anticipated Broadway revival in 2018.
Brecht: A Practical Handbook
by David Zoob

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 25, 2018

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<p>A bold and exciting new approach to Bertolt Brecht, making his theories and ideas about theatre accessible to a new generation of actors, directors, students and theatre-makers, and showing how they can be put into practice.</p><p>Theatre practitioner and academic David Zoob demystifies Brecht’s theories, and offers an approach to study and performance that can be applied to a wide range of texts and theatre styles.</p><p>With close analysis of texts by writers including Shakespeare, Chekhov, Miller, Pinter, and of course Brecht himself, the author demonstrates how Brechtian techniques can provide practical pathways to exploring plays across the canon, as well as non-traditional forms of theatre.</p><p>Also included are dozens of exercises to help turn theory into practice, and explore what Brecht’s ideas mean for actors and directors, both in training and rehearsal.</p><p>Whether you’re a student, a teacher, an actor or a theatre-maker, this book will change the way you view and work with Brecht.</p><p>‘Zoob has engaged with Brecht’s many and varied principles for a politicised theatre and channelled them into a wide range of novel and innovative exercises that are applicable to a great many dramas and can equally interrogate devised material… Excellent ’ David Barnett, Professor of Theatre, University of York, and author of <i>Brecht in Practice</i></p>
Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a S...
by Michael Sokolove

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English

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353

Publication Date

September 26, 2013

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<b>The inspiration for the NBC TV series "<i>Rise</i>," starring Josh Radnor, Auli'i Cravalho, and Rosie Perez — the incredible and true story of an extraordinary drama teacher who has changed the lives of thousands of students and inspired a town. By the author of <i>American Prison. </i></b><br /><br /> Why would the multimillionaire producer of <i>Cats</i>, <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i>, and <i>Miss Saigon </i>take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of <i>Les Misérables</i>?<br /><br /> To see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows such as <i>Rent </i>and <i>Spring</i> <i>Awakening </i>before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation. Volpe’s students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders.<br /><br /> Michael Sokolove, a Levittown native and former student of Volpe’s, chronicles the drama director’s last school years and follows a group of student actors as they work through riveting dramas both on and off the stage. This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater.
Modoc: True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
by Ralph Helfer

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English

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354

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October 13, 2009

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<p>Spanning several decades and three continents, <em>Modoc</em> is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again; through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. </p><em><p>Modoc</em> is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere.</p>
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A Tru...
by Beth Macy

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English

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398

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October 18, 2016

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<div><strong>NATIONAL BESTSELLER </strong></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div><strong>The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. </strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever.</div> <div>Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? <em>TRUEVINE </em>is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today. </div>
Actions: The Actors' Thesaurus
by , Maggie Lloyd-Williams

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English

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158

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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>
Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood
by Karina Longworth

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English

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416

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November 13, 2018

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<p>In this riveting popular history, the creator of <em>You Must Remember This</em> probes the inner workings of Hollywood’s glamorous golden age through the stories of some of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes, to reveal how the millionaire mogul’s obsessions with sex, power and publicity trapped, abused, or benefitted women who dreamt of screen stardom.</p><p>In recent months, the media has reported on scores of entertainment figures who used their power and money in Hollywood to sexually harass and coerce some of the most talented women in cinema and television. But as Karina Longworth reminds us, long before the Harvey Weinsteins there was Howard Hughes—the Texas millionaire, pilot, and filmmaker whose reputation as a cinematic provocateur was matched only by that as a prolific womanizer.</p><p>His supposed conquests between his first divorce in the late 1920s and his marriage to actress Jean Peters in 1957 included many of Hollywood’s most famous actresses, among them Billie Dove, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner. From promoting bombshells like Jean Harlow and Jane Russell to his contentious battles with the censors, Hughes—perhaps more than any other filmmaker of his era—commoditized male desire as he objectified and sexualized women. Yet there were also numerous women pulled into Hughes’s grasp who never made it to the screen, sometimes virtually imprisoned by an increasingly paranoid and disturbed Hughes, who retained multitudes of private investigators, security personnel, and informers to make certain these actresses would not escape his clutches.</p><p>Vivid, perceptive, timely, and ridiculously entertaining, <em>The Seducer</em> is a landmark work that examines women, sex, and male power in Hollywood during its golden age—a legacy that endures nearly a century later.</p>
Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines
by Nick Nolte

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English

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268

Publication Date

January 23, 2018

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<p>The legendary icon tells his story—a tale of art, passion, commitment, addiction, as intense and hypnotic as the man himself.</p><p>In a career spanning five decades, Nick Nolte has endured the rites of Hollywood celebrity. Rising from obscurity to leading roles and Oscar nominations, he has been both celebrated and vilified in the media; survived marriages, divorces, and a string of romances; was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by <em>People</em> magazine; and suffered public humiliation over his drug and alcohol issues, including a drug-fueled trip down a “long road of nothingness” that ended in arrest.</p><p>Despite these ups and downs, Nolte has remained true to the craft he loves, portraying a diverse range of characters with his trademark physicality and indelible gravelly voice. Already 35 when his performance in the 1976 miniseries <em>Rich Man, Poor Man</em> launched him to stardom, Nolte never learned to play by Hollywood’s rules. A rebel who defies expectations, an obsessive method actor who will go to extremes for a role (he lived among the homeless to prepare for <em>Down and Out in Beverly Hills</em>), Nolte is motivated more by edgier, more personal projects than by box office success. Today he is clean yet still driven, juggling a number of upcoming works and raising his young daughter.</p><p>A man who refuses to hide his mistakes, Nolte now delivers his most revealing performance yet. His revealing memoir, filled with sixteen pages of color photos, offers a candid, unvarnished close-up look at the man, the career, the loves, and the life.</p>

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