Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agentby Susan L. Schulman
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 BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY is illustrated in color with previously unpublished photographs from the author's private collection.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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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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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.
So dishy and well written. A must for Bdway-philes
A very lightweight effort. Not a lot of insight. An entire chapter on how to be a press agent?