Making It on Broadway: Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top [NOOK Book]

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Countering the misperceptions about Broadway performers leading glamorous lives, the words of more than 150 Broadway stars provide unprecedented insight into their struggle for stardom. With an introduction by Jason Alexander and candid interviews with today's most celebrated Broadway stars, this book offers stories to entertain and astonish theater lovers, as well as serve as a sobering reality check for those considering careers on the stage. This book shares firsthand accounts of professional actors' ...
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Making It on Broadway: Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top

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Overview


Countering the misperceptions about Broadway performers leading glamorous lives, the words of more than 150 Broadway stars provide unprecedented insight into their struggle for stardom. With an introduction by Jason Alexander and candid interviews with today's most celebrated Broadway stars, this book offers stories to entertain and astonish theater lovers, as well as serve as a sobering reality check for those considering careers on the stage. This book shares firsthand accounts of professional actors' difficult yet fulfilling journeys to Broadway: moving to New York, finding survival jobs, auditioning, landing roles, avoiding pitfalls, forging a family life, and much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581159431
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 444,150
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

David Wienir is an entertainment lawyer and the author of The Diversity Hoax and Last Time: Labour's Lessons from the Sixties. He lives in New York City. Jodie Langel began her acting career in Les Misérables on Broadway and went on to star in the national tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Cats. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

The Voices viii
Foreword xi
Opening Thoughts xiii
Introduction xv
Part 1 The Early Years
Chapter 1 Singing on the Coffee Table 3
Not by Choice
Church and Tractor
A Young Passion for Music
Cheerios, Indians, and Show Tunes
A Special Talent
Chapter 2 First Impressions 9
Tickets, Please
Field Trip
Broadway Dreaming
Chapter 3 Don't You Dare Call My Child a Thespian! 15
Play Ball
What's Wrong with the Family Business?
Proving Parents Wrong
Plan for the Future
Part 2 Getting Settled
Chapter 4 Welcome to Gotham City 21
A Special City
Driving into Town
Taxi!
Sharing the Wealth
Adjusting to City Life
Chapter 5 New Home and New Friends 27
Roll Out the Red Carpet
Where's My Carpet?
The N.Y.C. Wildlife
Loving the Landlords
Dealing with the Devil
Leaks, Freaks, and Gregory Hines
Chapter 6 Survival Jobs 34
The Toilet Scrubber
The Fitness Instructor
Welcome to Macy's
The Ice Sculpture
The Telemarketer
The Waiters
Pebbles, Winnie, and The Count
Chapter 7 Singing for Supper 40
Bar Hopping
Hava Nagila
All Aboard
On Guard
Carrots and Hamburgers
Life before the Union
Part 3 Transition to Stardom
Chapter 8 The Audition Room 49
The Life
The Open Call
Growing Pains
Destiny Calling
Crossing the Atlantic
Fashion Statement
Cinderella Stories
Truth Be Told
Patience Is a Virtue
Weighing In
Part 4 The Thrill of Live Theater
Chapter 9 Take Two 65
Unexpected Transformations
Look Out Below!
Unleashed
Left Hanging
The Rest of the Story
A Bit Behind Schedule
Say What?
Stop the Show
Dressed for Disaster
Set for Disaster
Broadway Carnage
Unplugged
Chapter 10 Please Remain Seated 83
Breaking into Show Biz
Quiet Please!
Stage Door Drama
Backstage Tours
Love Letters
The Ultimate Payoff
Part 5 The Secret Life
Chapter 11 The Broadway Lifestyle 99
Take the Elevator to the Third Floor
Call the Cleaning Lady
Misconceptions
A Twenty-Four-Hour Job
Only Human
Not for the Money
Moonlighting
Homes of the Stars
The Glamour of It All
Chapter 12 Sex in the Workplace 114
The Showmance
Testing Boundaries
Crossing the Line
They Don't Do This on Wall Street
Straight Man Out
Chapter 13 Forget the Picket Fence 124
Courting Civilians
Marrying Civilians
Keeping It in the Family
Flying Solo
Planned Parenthood
Working Parents
Chapter 14 Road Trip 132
Fantasyland
Love on the Road
Seeing the Country
Guns and Drugs
A Big Star in Toledo, Ohio
Chapter 15 What Am I Doing Here? 140
Careful What You Wish For
Why Aren't I Smiling?
Part 6 A New Era
Chapter 16 The Disneyfication of Broadway 147
Where Did All the Stars Go?
The Death of the Gypsy
The Good Old Days
Britney Spears on Broadway?
Another Standing Ovation
The New Business Model
Size Does Matter
Six Flags Times Square
Chapter 17 Broadway, Inc. 166
Job Security
Cogs in the Machine
A Company of Clones
Tracked
Acting on Empty
Just Part of the Scenery
Malpractice
Playing in the Shadows
Watch Out, Giuliani, XXX is Back
Hey, My Mom's in the Audience
No Acting Allowed
Part 7 When Dreams Come True
Chapter 18 The Base of the Tony Is Plastic 191
The Plastic Prize
Who's the Best?
How Does It Feel to Be a Big Star?
Where Did I Put That Thing Anyway?
Tony Wanna Cracker?
The Trophy on the Shelf
"Hello, You Have No New Messages"
The Curse of the Tonys
A Ticket to Nowhere
Making It in the New Millennium
Chapter 19 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 210
Sorry, We're Closed
Onward and Upward?
There is Only Square One
Remember Me?
Typecasting
Wanted: Fresh Talent Only
Don't I Get at Least Sixteen Bars?
Tenure Denied
A Time for Retribution
Chapter 20 The Time in Between 227
Time for Therapy
Actors Anonymous
Paying the Rent
Back to the Day Job
At Least I'm Not Waiting Tables
Has It All Come Down to This?
Didn't I Do a Show with You on Broadway?
At the End of the Day
Conclusion 242
Chapter Guide 246
The Contributors and their Credits 250
Acknowledgments 260
About the Authors 261
Index 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2005

    Spectacular!!!

    This book really helped to clarify everything there is to know about Broadway. If you are an aspiring actor or just love seeing theatrical productions, I suggest you really take a look at this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    MUST READ FOR ANY ASPIRING PERFORMER

    I loved this. It was extremely canddi and honest. The only problem I had with it was that it was depressing. After I read this I felt really sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2004

    WOW

    Such a great read! I could not put that book down. Anyone interested in theatre must get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    Broadway as a Business

    Many people miss the point of this book at first read. It's all right there in the solidly written introduction by Jason Alexander. The book is about how all of these performers have evolved in a Broadway that is becoming more business than theater. As a theater student, this book is so thrilling to read again and again...It IS reality, as told by hundreds of performers who have been there. As someone who is aspiring to this kind of work, these stories are invaluable. If you are connected to theater in any way--performer, producer, or even audience member--you MUST read this book and listen to the voices of Broadway tell how Broadway is being folded sadly into the fabric of Corporate America. If we understand it, perhaps we can do something to halt, or hopefully even reverse, this change. This book is an important step and a fascinating read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    All i can say is WOW!

    I picked up the book at 10 o clock this morning and I didn't put it down until I finished it. What an accomplishment for Wienir and Langel to not be afraid to show the underbelly of this business in a way I've never seen before. I don't find this book whiney or negative I find it intriguing, touching and important. Bravo! I applaud the ingenuity and braveness of the authors, the contributors and all involved. You must have this book in your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    If you are a performer, an aspiring performer or a theatre lover, this is a MUST READ

    Because current, real performers breathed every word onto the pages of this book, this is a message that we can't ignore. These are real accounts of what is truly going on in the entertainment industry today. For performers: this book will be a kind of therapy. You will be comforted to know that the best performers, past and present, have had the same feelings and are having similar experiences in the industry as you. You will also be reminded of what inspired you to do what you do in the first place and what should be your priorities going forward. I can't express how important I think it is that you read this book. Aspiring performers: This is your New York manual. This book will tell you the truth. This book will tell you exactly what to expect from the industry you are about to jump into, and it will tell you exactly what your college professors can't tell you, that you need to know. This is not a joke. It's the rest of your life. Read the book and don't go to New York without it. For theatre lovers: Enjoy. This is a true glimpse of what is going on behind the scenes. If you love the performers that entertain you, find out what they think about what they do and what inspires them. I think you'll end up appreciating theatre even more. As a fellow performer, I thought this book was incredible. This collaboration of performers, together, spoke my feelings about being an actor and being in the business more eloquently than I could have myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Maybe the most important theatre book ever!

    This book is not only an amazing read, but an important one as well. It tells the truth about the lives of Broadway actors (from their own mouths), and exposes the current condition of Broadway. Only cowards or fools could disagree.

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