Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent

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Do you love Broadway plays and musicals? Do you have a shelf full of original cast albums? If so, you will love Broadway press agent Susan L. Schulman's fun, dishy new book BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY. Susan has survived some of the most celebrated train wrecks and backstage dramas on Broadway. She tells us what it is like to work with the most talented and creative people in the theatre - sometimes behaving badly and often with incredible grace - as they struggle to create theatrical magic. Susan has worked with ...
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Do you love Broadway plays and musicals? Do you have a shelf full of original cast albums? If so, you will love Broadway press agent Susan L. Schulman's fun, dishy new book BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY. Susan has survived some of the most celebrated train wrecks and backstage dramas on Broadway. She tells us what it is like to work with the most talented and creative people in the theatre - sometimes behaving badly and often with incredible grace - as they struggle to create theatrical magic. Susan has worked with some of Broadway's greatest stars, producers, writers and directors including Zero Mostel, George C. Scott, Lauren Bacall, Mary Martin, Bob Fosse, Yul Brynner, David Merrick, Robert Preston, Raul Julia, Robert Redford, Vanessa Redgrave, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Winkler, Glenn Close and many more. The Broadway shows she has represented include DANCIN', STATE FAIR, SCAPINO, SLY FOX, DREAM, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and THE MERCHANT. In this entertaining book, Susan takes us behind the show curtain, sharing true tales of her life in the theatre. BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY is illustrated in color with previously unpublished photographs from the author's private collection. And if you appreciate Broadway window cards and posters, you will recognize the distinctive style of Broadway's legendary graphic designer, FRAVER, who created the cover.
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Playbill Magazine - Harry Haun
Susan L. Schulman’s scintillating “tell-some” contains just enough backstage dirt and glitz to be compulsively readable from start to finish. An impressive galaxy of egos and artists is sprinkled like stardust over four decades of theatrical press-agentry and repairs—Lauren Bacall, Zero Mostel, Mary Martin, George C. Scott, Yul Brynner, Bob Fosse and The Mighty Merrick, whom she actually bested. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious chapter on “Dre
TV icon - Henry Winkler
Take this backstage tour from an insider who lived it. Like Susan, this book is smart and funny.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization - Bert Fink
An expert press agent makes sure the spotlight is focused on the show, never themselves. No press agent embodies that credo better than Susan L. Schulman, and now - after serving in the Broadway theatre during some of its most exciting times and with some of its biggest stars - she pivots that giant klieg light behind-the-scenes. Her stories and incomparable insight are smart, witty, sometimes harrowing and often hilarious.
Award-winning actress - Kathleen Chalfant
Susan L. Schulman’s wonderful memoir will make you feel like you were there. She is the insider’s insider. Buy it. Read it. You will love it.
TV, film, and stage star - John Davidson
Susan L. Schulman is one of Broadway’s best press agents. Everyone knows that. Now, with this book, we can see why her publicity and marketing ideas have filled theaters. Her shockingly honest, funny, and insightful reporting of how this amazing industry really works makes this a captivating, easy read. From her unique vantage point we get the down and dirty, and it makes us admire her even more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983294092
  • Publisher: Heliotrope Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 428,610
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan L. Schulman has been a theatrical press agent for more than 40 years, heading her own office in the heart of Times Square. A native New Yorker and ‘theatre kid,’ she holds degrees in Theatre from NYU and Columbia University. She has served as a NYSCA Theatre Panelist and often lectures about theatre and public relations.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    I just love this book. And I love Susan Schulman for writing it

    I just love this book. And I love Susan Schulman for writing it. Years, ago, as a young artist I worked on the "fringe" of Broadway creating original posters, assisting a big costume designer on a Big Musical, etc. What amazed me, was how many truly uncharitable people I met who found the need to make a harmless new-comer feel most unwelcome. But, I thought the problem was, ME. So, it is with grateful delight I read about the real "inside" of things. Susan writes well, and with great clarity; you feel yourself there. Boy, are some of the stories doozies. It must have done Susan a lot of good to write the truth at last. It is amazing how such cruelly dysfunctional people can have, and sustain, careers.

    But here's the really wonderful thing about this book: it's not just about the nasty bits. Interspersed throughout are the anecdotes you want to know about. If you're like me,you'll want to hear that many of the famous and beloved are deserving of their successes. You will be charmed by the fine Heart that beats on Broadway and be glad Susan told you about it. I know, I am. It's a really fun read and a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    So dishy and well written. A must for Bdway-philes

    So dishy and well written. A must for Bdway-philes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Not Very Suvbstantial

    A very lightweight effort. Not a lot of insight. An entire chapter on how to be a press agent?

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