Theatrical Feast in New York

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In New York the tradition of post-curtain dinners is an established part of theatre-going. This book is an anecdotal historical companion to legendary theatre people and their favourite places to eat. It brings together theatrical and culinary stories linked with some of New York's oldest and most famous restaurants, such as the Cafe des Artistes, the Algonquin, Sardi's, and the Waldorf. The Cafe des Artistes's sumptuous duplexes had only tiny pullman kitchens. Its famed tenants - who included Noel Coward, ...
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Overview


In New York the tradition of post-curtain dinners is an established part of theatre-going. This book is an anecdotal historical companion to legendary theatre people and their favourite places to eat. It brings together theatrical and culinary stories linked with some of New York's oldest and most famous restaurants, such as the Cafe des Artistes, the Algonquin, Sardi's, and the Waldorf. The Cafe des Artistes's sumptuous duplexes had only tiny pullman kitchens. Its famed tenants - who included Noel Coward, Isadora Duncan and Rudolf Valentino - bought their own raw ingredients, sent them down to the kitchen, and the kitchen then sent dinners upstairs on dumbwaiters precisely at the time requested. For over fifty years, the Algonquin has been favoured by British actors on tour - among them Gertrude Lawrence, John Gielgud and Peter Ustinov while American Orson Welles spent his honeymoon there. At Sardi's, Laurence Olivier dined with Noel Coward here, after a show, to tell him his marriage to Vivien Leigh was over. A vibrant mix of anecdote and entertainment, this book will appeal to thespians, those interested in theatre and food history, and visitors to New York.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750937191
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Famous theatrical restaurants 6
2 Hotels for the stars 24
3 The Players Club 36
4 The Lambs Club 44
5 The Friars Club 51
6 Early British stars of Broadway 62
7 Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table 71
8 Restaurant row and the fringe theaters of New York 93
9 Ivor Novello's favorites 100
10 Following in Noel Coward's footsteps 111
11 Legendary figures of the theater 127
12 Theatrical nibbles and nuggets 143
13 Critics' flavors 152
14 Modern stars ... or sugar and spice 164
15 Three walks through New York's theaterland 186
Epilogue : food for the spirit 198
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