Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor

Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor

by Michael Kostroff, Jason Alexander

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be a real working actor? Wonder no more! Michael Kostroff is here to reveal, in hilarious detail, just what it’s like to travel with the road companies of The Producers and Les Miserables. His firsthand account of the exciting, funny, and sometimes bizarre highlights of his journey includes working at a temp job when his agent calls to say, “You got the part!”; singing on a revolving stage while lugging a dead body; seeing ghosts in haunted theaters; and much more. Along the way, anecdotes about nailing an audition, keeping a performance fresh, and getting along with fellow cast members give useful tips for working actors. Anyone who wants to know what a life in the theater is really like needs this intimate and unforgettable narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581159578
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Michael Kostroff has performed in the road companies of The Producers and Les Miserables. He will also be in the upcoming movie of The Producers. On TV he has been on Malcolm in the Middle, The West Wing, The Wire, and other shows. A professional writer for Disney and other entertainment companies, he lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Prologue (or "How I Got That Job")1
Chapter 1Je Suis Arrive! (... Give or Take)9
Chapter 2Broadway Boot Camp11
Chapter 3First of All, Pittsburgh20
Chapter 4The Dark Mysteries of Cleveland24
Chapter 5"Honey, They're Showbirds."33
Chapter 6Hail, Mary40
Chapter 7A Tale of Two Cities (or "A Well-Deserved West")49
Chapter 8Through the Desert60
Chapter 9Cookie Jars and Nutty Russians67
Chapter 10Portland from a Hotel Window73
Chapter 11Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley, Pop, Pop, Pop Went the Gastrocnemius80
Chapter 12The End of the Road (or "Never Say Never Again")90
Chapter 13Revolutions, French and Otherwise103
Chapter 14Son of Cleveland112
Chapter 15A Flicker of Flint119
Chapter 16"Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln, How Did You Like the Play?"127
Chapter 17My Broadway Adventure134
Chapter 18William Dawes Slept Here144
Chapter 19Jiggery-pokery157
Chapter 20It's Delovely, It's Delightful, It's ... Des Moines?175
Chapter 21Tales of the Haunted South182
Chapter 22Hotel/Motel/Theatre/Mall191
Epilogue (or "The Curtain Calls")199
About the Author202

What People are Saying About This

Mark Freed

"Kostroff is the illegitimate child of Jack Kerouac and Dorothy Parker."
VP Business Development, Showbiz Expo

Gwen Hillier

"Loved it! So well written it made me feel like I was THERE! I hope he books another gig-can't wait for the sequel."
Casting Director, ABC

Martin Short

"Letters from Backstage is brilliant and captivating. I can't wait to reread it with the TV off."

Kenna Ramsey

"Letters from Backstage is a collection of gems for those who know that the juiciest, most dramatic parts of actors' lives are almost always in their offstage experiences. Michael's perspective is candid, fresh, and laugh-out-loud funny."
Actress, Tommy, Rent, The Lion King, and Caroline or Change

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