I'm the Greatest Star: Broadway's Top Musical Legends from 1900 to Today

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(Applause Books). Here is the first major survey of Broadway musical theatre stars, telling the life stories of 40 stage luminaries from Al Jolson, Fanny Brice and Gwen Verdon, to Nathan Lane, Patti Lupone and Audra McDonald. Author Robert Viagas describes each star's most important stage roles as well as the triumphant, tragic, inspiring, and cautionary tales of how they achieved and maintained their status as top Broadway stars.

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(Applause Books). Here is the first major survey of Broadway musical theatre stars, telling the life stories of 40 stage luminaries from Al Jolson, Fanny Brice and Gwen Verdon, to Nathan Lane, Patti Lupone and Audra McDonald. Author Robert Viagas describes each star's most important stage roles as well as the triumphant, tragic, inspiring, and cautionary tales of how they achieved and maintained their status as top Broadway stars.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781557837271
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Pages: 425
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

    Sloppy and filled with errors. How did it get published?

    In his introduction to the book, Mr. Viagas states that he worked for sixteen months on the finished product. More like sixteen days or sixteen hours. Totally false and wrong information, facts, and figures are found on each and every page with sometimes two or three errors abounding in just one paragraph. Here are just a few of the ridiculous blunders along the way. That Tommy Tune had nothing to do with THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE GOES PUBLIC and the show's failure. Truth: Tune was the director and choreographer of the show. That Tune's co-star in the workshop of EASTER PARADE was Twiggy. Wrong: It was Sandy Duncan. That Christine Ebersole played the wife of Mozart in the Film version of AMADEUS. Wrong: Ebersole had a supporting role as an Opera singer. That George Abbott directed HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING. Wrong: It was Abe Burrows. I could go on and on and on but the book really hits the heights of the absurd when he states that Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score to GYPSY and then a few pages later gives credit to the man who really did compose the music, Jule Styne. Where is the fact checker at Applause Theatre Books? Where is the editor? Where is the proof reader? This kind of sloppiness is truly horrific. The rate of error per each Broadway star's career and personal life is so inaccurate on every page that it might have been wiser to sell I'M THE GREATEST STAR as a book of fiction. Also, some of Mr. Viagas' choices don't even measure up to his criteria for selection. Yul Brynner had one Broadway Musical hit: THE KING AND I, one with a moderate run, LUTE SONG and one flop, HOMER SWEET HOMER. Where are Gertrude Lawrence, Beatrice Lillie and Vivienne Segal? These ladies had careers that ran decades with success after success. Skip this book. For anyone interested in the American Musical Theatre I suggest you stick with author Ethan Mordden and his close to a dozen superb books on Musical Theatre.

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