Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater

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Oxford University Press, Feb 28, 2014 - 384 páginas
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In Nothing Like a Dame, theater journalist Eddie Shapiro opens a jewelry box full of glittering surprises, through in-depth conversations with twenty leading women of Broadway. He carefully selected Tony Award-winning stars who have spent the majority of their careers in theater, leaving aside those who have moved on or occasionally drop back in. The women he interviewed spent endless hours with him, discussing their careers, offering insights into the iconic shows, changes on Broadway over the last century, and the art (and thrill) of taking the stage night after night. Chita Rivera describes the experience of starring in musicals in each of the last seven decades; Audra McDonald gives her thoughts on the work that went into the five Tony Awards she won before turning forty-one; and Carol Channing reflects on how she has revisited the same starring role generation after generation, and its effects on her career. Here too is Sutton Foster, who contemplates her breakout success in an age when stars working predominately in theater are increasingly rare. Each of these conversations is guided by Shapiro's expert knowledge of these women's careers, Broadway lore, and the details of famous (and infamous) musicals. He also includes dozens of photographs of these players in their best-known roles. This fascinating collection reveals the artistic genius and human experience of the women who have made Broadway musicals more popular than ever-a must for anyone who loves the theater.
 

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1 ELAINE STRITCH
3
2 CAROL CHANNING
21
3 CHITA RIVERA
36
4 DONNA MCKECHNIE
57
5 ANGELA LANSBURY
73
6 LESLIE UGGAMS
91
7 JUDY KAYE
107
8 BETTY BUCKLEY
125
13 KAREN ZIEMBA
218
14 DEBRA MONK
232
15 VICTORIA CLARK
246
16 AUDRA MCDONALD
264
17 KRISTIN CHENOWETH
281
18 IDINA MENZEL
297
19 SUTTON FOSTER
313
20 LAURA BENANTI
330

9 PATTI LUPONE
142
10 BEBE NEUWIRTH
163
11 DONNA MURPHY
181
12 LILLIAS WHITE
201
Acknowledgments
351
Index
353
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Eddie Shapiro is a freelance writer and theater journalist whose work has appeared in Out Magazine, Instinct, and Backstage West. He is the author of Queens in the Kingdom: The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Guide to the Disney Theme Parks.

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