Broadway Babylon

Broadway Babylon

by Boze Hadleigh
     
 

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The first book of theater celebrity gossip, can you believe it? Here's the book that airs Broadway's dirty laundry! Inspired by the classic Hollywood Babylon (in print for more than forty years, more than 100,000 copies sold), Broadway Babylon presents a hyper-entertaining look at the Great White Way's biggest scandals, best-kept secrets, and mostSee more details below

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The first book of theater celebrity gossip, can you believe it? Here's the book that airs Broadway's dirty laundry! Inspired by the classic Hollywood Babylon (in print for more than forty years, more than 100,000 copies sold), Broadway Babylon presents a hyper-entertaining look at the Great White Way's biggest scandals, best-kept secrets, and most over-the-top feuds. Author Boze Hadleigh, the preeminent disher of celebrity dish, serves up 400 pages of tasty, never-before-told stories about such show-biz icons as Ethel Merman, Tennessee Williams, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, and many, many others. Get it while it's hot!

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The fabulous invalid (Broadway) is also, apparently, the horny invalid. The curtain is barely up on this history of the Great White Way when Hadleigh (Celebrity Diss and Tell, 2005, etc.) notes that actor-director-choreographer Bob Fosse was sexually insatiable. Hadleigh puts a sexual spin on the adage that you can't tell the players without a scorecard by homing in on who slept with whom and who was/is bi-, gay or straight. As to how Topic A shaped what happens onstage, Hadleigh suggests homophobia shaded the plays and reputation of Tennessee Williams and helped destroy playwright William Inge. But Hadleigh terms his history "selective . . . and non-chronological," its aim to entertain. So his history soon heads to diverting topics such as dueling divas Mary Martin and Carol Channing and the history of Gypsy, punctuated by frequent blasts from Ethel Merman. But even the most devoted theater buffs will wonder if Lucille Ball's Broadway flop Wildcat deserves an entire chapter, especially since much of what turns up has already turned up elsewhere. Sources of specific stories remain unclear. Many anecdotes come from books Hadleigh cites in an extensive bibliography and, apparently, from the showbiz scribe's own interviews. Some reported events sound suspiciously like stunts devised by desperate press agents. One such tale finds Tommy Tune coming up from the audience to dance with Josephine Baker onstage at the Palace Theater. (Tune claims the moment effectively ended his imminent film career.) Hadleigh builds entire chapters on just quotes, scattering them one after the other like ticket stubs in the West Forties. Many of these quips have been making the rounds of parties for years. Thefinal two chapter titles, "Rumors" and "Broadway Babble On," sum up the effort. Useful for hosts looking for party lines, but no match for Ethan Mordden's All That Glittered: The Golden Age of Drama on Broadway, 1919-1959 (2007).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823088300
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.44(w) x 10.74(h) x 1.11(d)

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Boze Hadleigh is a very successful author of celebrity gossip books, including Celebrity Feuds, Hollywood Gays, Bette Davis Speaks, Celebrity Lies, and Sing Out—Gays and Lesbians in the Music Industry. He has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Showbiz Today, and E! True Hollywood Stories. He lives in Beverly Hills, California, where else?

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