Diary of a Mad Playwright: Perilous Adventures on the Road with Mary Martin and Carol Channing

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(Applause Books). Kirkwood, the co-writer of the book of the great musical A Chorus Line , also wrote the stage play Legends , for which Carol Channing and Mary Martin embarked on a nationwide, bound-for-Broadway tour. This book chronicles the slow disintigration of the whole project, thanks to bickering divas, greedy producers, hostile reviewers, and general chaos. Kirkwood's fine eye for detail and general good humor keep this book lighhearted and funny, even as sadness lingers in the wings. A wonderful book for anyone who loves the theatre. ...
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(Applause Books). Kirkwood, the co-writer of the book of the great musical A Chorus Line , also wrote the stage play Legends , for which Carol Channing and Mary Martin embarked on a nationwide, bound-for-Broadway tour. This book chronicles the slow disintigration of the whole project, thanks to bickering divas, greedy producers, hostile reviewers, and general chaos. Kirkwood's fine eye for detail and general good humor keep this book lighhearted and funny, even as sadness lingers in the wings. A wonderful book for anyone who loves the theatre.
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The playwright known for authoring the musical details the road his play took from papers to stage. Based on a daily log he kept during production, Kirkwood discusses his interactions with producers, various celebrities, and his two leading ladies, comedic actresses Mary Martin and Carol Channing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557835673
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xv
Cast List xix
Introduction xxiii
Preproduction 1
What to Do with the Baby? 3
Mike Nichols 7
Elvis Presley Rears His Head 9
The Presley/Legends! Game 12
Middle Mess 15
Chasing Peter Pan 17
Meeting Peter Pan 22
The Summer of My Discontent 29
Closing In on Mary 41
Well, We Did 44
Hello, Dolly! 50
Hurdles 54
One Tiny Little Hiccup 57
Other Problems, Etc. 60
How Carol Channing Became Carol Channing 64
Casting 71
Countdown 76
Act I81
Legends!/N.Y. to L.A. 83
Off and Running 85
Off and Stumbling 88
Life Upstages Art 97
Mary Christmas 117
The Final Push 122
Dallas, Here We Come 137
The Dread Turk Arrives 146
Curtain Up 152
Act II163
Opening Night 165
Post-Opening Oddities 170
More Oddities 178
Preopening Bumps, Thumps, and Grinds in L.A. 183
The Los Angeles Open 197
Los Angeles Opening Fallout 204
Work, Fear, and Loathing in New York 213
Work, Fear, and Loathing in L.A. 217
Getting Out of L.A. the Hard Way 225
Approaching the Frisco Quake 232
San Francisco 236
Muddles and Middles 244
A Miracle in Phoenix 247
The Week That Was 249
Act III251
Back in the Red Again 253
It Happened in Boston 258
Tomorrow Came 262
Fallout 269
Final Mistakes 277
Careful...! 288
Ping-Pong 299
The Palm Beach Story 317
Epilogue 331
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