Mr. Broadway: The Inside Story of the Shuberts, the Shows, and the Stars

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(Applause Books). Mr. Broadway was completed just one month before Gerald Schoenfeld's death in 2008 at the age of 84. Bringing the reader backstage, the long-term chairman of the Shubert Organization shares his triumphs and failures, sings praise, and settles scores. He recounts nightmarish tales of the Shuberts, themselves the meanness of Lee, the madness of JJ, the turmoil surrounding John's personal life, and the drunken ineptitude of Lawrence Shubert Lawrence, Jr., the man who succeeded them and nearly brought the Shubert legacy to an

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(Applause Books). Mr. Broadway was completed just one month before Gerald Schoenfeld's death in 2008 at the age of 84. Bringing the reader backstage, the long-term chairman of the Shubert Organization shares his triumphs and failures, sings praise, and settles scores. He recounts nightmarish tales of the Shuberts, themselves the meanness of Lee, the madness of JJ, the turmoil surrounding John's personal life, and the drunken ineptitude of Lawrence Shubert Lawrence, Jr., the man who succeeded them and nearly brought the Shubert legacy to an ignominious end. An active participant in that legacy for over 50 years, Schoenfeld describes how he and his partner, Bernie Jacobs, saved the Shubert Organization, bringing some of Broadway's greatest hits to the stage from A Chorus Line , Equus , and Amadeus to Pippin , Les Miserables , Evita , Cats , The Phantom of the Opera , Godspell , Ain't Misbehavin' , Dreamgirls , Dancin' , Sunday in the Park with George , The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby , Glengarry Glen Ross , The Heidi Chronicles , The Gin Game , Miss Saigon , and Chess .

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In this posthumously published memoir, Schoenfeld—the long-standing chairman of the Shubert Organization, who had a hand in producing and booking some of Broadway's biggest shows (e.g., Les Misérables, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera)—reflects in conversational vignettes on his successes and failures. He discusses his progression from lawyer for the temperamental Shubert family—one of the biggest names in Broadway history—to chairman of the organization. While Schoenfeld does not hold back with regard to the backstabbing, volatile bosses, and difficult actors he encountered, he also reveals the great joy he garnered from his more than 50 years in the theater world. The book includes a foreword by Hugh Jackman and an introduction by Alec Baldwin; both actors knew Schoenfeld personally. VERDICT Readers will be captivated by this inside look at the Broadway theater world, particularly as Schoenfeld was involved with so many famous productions and people. A must read for theater aficionados, those interested in entertainment law, and memoir fans.—Katie Lawrence, Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557838278
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,463,646
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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