Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of by Eddie Shapiro

By Eddie Shapiro

In Nothing Like a Dame, theater journalist Eddie Shapiro opens a jewellery field choked with glittering surprises, via in-depth conversations with twenty best girls of Broadway. He rigorously chosen Tony Award-winning stars who've spent nearly all of their careers in theater, leaving apart those that have moved on or sometimes drop again in. the ladies he interviewed spent never-ending hours with him, discussing their careers, supplying insights into the enduring indicates, alterations on Broadway during the last century, and the artwork (and thrill) of taking the level evening after evening. Chita Rivera describes the event of starring in musicals in all of the final seven many years; Audra McDonald provides her innovations at the paintings that went into the 5 Tony Awards she gained earlier than turning 41; and Carol Channing displays on how she has revisited a similar starring position iteration after iteration, and its results on her profession. right here too is Sutton Foster, who contemplates her breakout luck in an age whilst stars operating predominately in theater are more and more infrequent. every one of those conversations is guided through Shapiro's professional wisdom of those women's careers, Broadway lore, and the main points of recognized (and notorious) musicals. He additionally comprises dozens of images of those gamers of their best-known roles.

This interesting assortment finds the inventive genius and human adventure of the ladies who've made Broadway musicals extra well known than ever -- a needs to for somebody who loves the theater.

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No doctor could create us. They tried with Frankenstein in the movie. It didn’t work. So you guys meet onstage at your public school, and now here you are championing arts in public schools. Yes. Harry insists, when he’s in a good mood, late at night, he will say that it was my family that opened him up to the arts. And he’s the biggest art lover I ever met. Harry formed this orchestra, and he would book us for anything we could get in San Francisco. Political rallies, union meetings—even though we were non-union.

It is their primary focus. Carol Channing was born in Seattle in 1921 to parents of unexpected heritage. Her mother told an adult Carol that contrary to what her father’s birth certificate said, he had actually been born to a white father and black mother. She was therefore a quarter African American, a fact Channing kept private until recently. Her father was a lawyer and a noted Christian Science lecturer who toured the country. Channing idolized him and credits him with her talent for vocal projection.

He’s got a calling. There are people with the calling. ” And he said, “They all answer the same thing. ” Something happens to our metabolism at seven. ” You see, once you are exposed to the arts—you don’t have to be an artist. Not all of us are. Some of us are mathematicians or engineers or things that have nothing to do with the arts. But once you’re exposed to the arts the whole world looks like a work of art. It really does. A piece of machinery looks like a work of art, an air-conditioning system looks like a work of art.

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