A Producer's Broadway Journey by Stuart Ostrow

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It would be difficult, indeed, to imagine anyone more qualified to give us a celebration, from the perspective of an insider, of the Broadway musical. From the first run of Guys and DollS≪/i> in 1950 to the recent debut of Rent, Stuart Ostrow, a prot^D'eg^D'e of the great composer-lyricist Frank Loesser, has been personally involved in many of the major Broadway productions of our time. The steadily growing number of fans of the Great White Way will delight in his reminiscences about the shows that have shaped musical theater, such as Hello Dolly, Funny Girl, Man of LaMancha, Cabaret, 1776, and M. Butterfly—to name just a few.

Readers of A Producer's Broadway Journey will certainly be entertained by Ostrow's behind-the-scenes anecdotes of Bob Fosse, Barbra Streisand, Betty Buckley, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Hal Prince, Ethel Merman, and many other legends encountered in his accomplished career. But in addition to the tales or re-writes, stand-ins, near-disasters, and moments of theatrical magic, the author also provides a unique historical perspective on almost half a century of the musical.

 

About Stuart Ostrow

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STUART OSTROW is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Theatre at the University of Houston.
 
Published May 30, 1999 by Praeger. 232 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Ostrow, has a penchant for brisk, tart sentences and pulls no punches, admitting that producing has entailed ""a few bargains with the Angel of Death."" In two startling pages, he explains how Scratch (1971), his effort to bring together ""two American poets dramatizing folklore with song,"" coll...

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