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

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

by James Kirkwood, Terrence McNally (Foreword by)
 

(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

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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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Booknews
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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ISBN-13:
9781557835673
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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A. R. Gurney
A funny and often times moving account of how things happen in the theatre, with all the suspense, surprise, and development of a good play.

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