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Making It on Broadway : Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top - Jodie Langel

Making It on Broadway

Actors' Tales of Climbing to the Top

By: Jodie Langel, David Wienir, Jason Alexander (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9781581153460
Number Of Pages: 288

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Countering the misperceptions about Broadway performers leading glamorous lives, the words of more than 150 Broadway stars provide unprecedented insight into their struggle for stardom. With an introduction by Jason Alexander and candid interviews with today's most celebrated Broadway stars, this book offers stories to entertain and astonish theater lovers, as well as serve as a sobering reality check for those considering careers on the stage. This book shares firsthand accounts of professional actors' difficult yet fulfilling journeys to Broadway: moving to New York, finding survival jobs, auditioning, landing roles, avoiding pitfalls, forging a family life, and much more. Interviews Include These Award-Winning Actors: • Jason Alexander • Daisy Eagan • Heather Headley • Wilson Heredia • Randy Graff • Donna McKechnie • Donna Murphy • John Rubinstein • Lea Salonga • Scott Wise • Chita Rivera

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The Voicesp. viii
Forewordp. xi
Opening Thoughtsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
The Early Years
Singing on the Coffee Tablep. 3
Not by Choice
Church and Tractor
A Young Passion for Music
Cheerios, Indians, and Show Tunes
A Special Talent
First Impressionsp. 9
Tickets, Please
Field Trip
Broadway Dreaming
Don't You Dare Call My Child a Thespian!p. 15
Play Ball
What's Wrong with the Family Business?
Proving Parents Wrong
Plan for the Future
Getting Settled
Welcome to Gotham Cityp. 21
A Special City
Driving into Town
Sharing the Wealth
Adjusting to City Life
New Home and New Friendsp. 27
Roll Out the Red Carpet
Where's My Carpet?
The N.Y.C. Wildlife
Loving the Landlords
Dealing with the Devil
Leaks, Freaks, and Gregory Hines
Survival Jobsp. 34
The Toilet Scrubber
The Fitness Instructor
Welcome to Macy's
The Ice Sculpture
The Telemarketer
The Waiters
Pebbles, Winnie, and The Count
Singing for Supperp. 40
Bar Hopping
Hava Nagila
All Aboard
On Guard
Carrots and Hamburgers
Life before the Union
Transition to Stardom
The Audition Roomp. 49
The Life
The Open Call
Growing Pains
Destiny Calling
Crossing the Atlantic
Fashion Statement
Cinderella Stories
Truth Be Told
Patience Is a Virtue
Weighing In
The Thrill of Live Theater
Take Twop. 65
Unexpected Transformations
Look Out Below!
Left Hanging
The Rest of the Story
A Bit Behind Schedule
Say What?
Stop the Show
Dressed for Disaster
Set for Disaster
Broadway Carnage
Please Remain Seatedp. 83
Breaking into Show Biz
Quiet Please!
Stage Door Drama
Backstage Tours
Love Letters
The Ultimate Payoff
The Secret Life
The Broadway Lifestylep. 99
Take the Elevator to the Third Floor
Call the Cleaning Lady
A Twenty-Four-Hour Job
Only Human
Not for the Money
Homes of the Stars
The Glamour of It All
Sex in the Workplacep. 114
The Showmance
Testing Boundaries
Crossing the Line
They Don't Do This on Wall Street
Straight Man Out
Forget the Picket Fencep. 124
Courting Civilians
Marrying Civilians
Keeping It in the Family
Flying Solo
Planned Parenthood
Working Parents
Road Tripp. 132
Love on the Road
Seeing the Country
Guns and Drugs
A Big Star in Toledo, Ohio
What Am I Doing Here?p. 140
Careful What You Wish For
Why Aren't I Smiling?
A New Era
The Disneyfication of Broadwayp. 147
Where Did All the Stars Go?
The Death of the Gypsy
The Good Old Days
Britney Spears on Broadway?
Another Standing Ovation
The New Business Model
Size Does Matter
Six Flags Times Square
Broadway, Inc.p. 166
Job Security
Cogs in the Machine
A Company of Clones
Acting on Empty
Just Part of the Scenery
Playing in the Shadows
Watch Out, Giuliani, XXX is Back
Hey, My Mom's in the Audience
No Acting Allowed
When Dreams Come True
The Base of the Tony Is Plasticp. 191
The Plastic Prize
Who's the Best?
How Does It Feel to Be a Big Star?
Where Did I Put That Thing Anyway?
Tony Wanna Cracker?
The Trophy on the Shelf
"Hello, You Have No New Messages"
The Curse of the Tonys
A Ticket to Nowhere
Making It in the New Millennium
Here Today, Gone Tomorrowp. 210
Sorry, We're Closed
Onward and Upward?
There is Only Square One
Remember Me?
Wanted: Fresh Talent Only
Don't I Get at Least Sixteen Bars?
Tenure Denied
A Time for Retribution
The Time in Betweenp. 227
Time for Therapy
Actors Anonymous
Paying the Rent
Back to the Day Job
At Least I'm Not Waiting Tables
Has It All Come Down to This?
Didn't I Do a Show with You on Broadway?
At the End of the Day
Conclusionp. 242
Chapter Guidep. 246
The Contributors and their Creditsp. 250
Acknowledgmentsp. 260
About the Authorsp. 261
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9781581153460
ISBN-10: 1581153465
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4