Performing Arts

Song of Spider-Man

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Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451684575
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 18th, 2014

The long and painful -- often in a literal sense -- story of mounting the most expensive musical in Broadway history. The $75 million production suffered every calamity imaginable from serious injuries to cast members, to exploding costs, to the summary departure of its guiding force, the acclaimed director, Julie Taymor. Grimly funny. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Disaster Artist

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The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476730400
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014

It was a shameless exercise in self indulgence by a man whose incompetence was boundless. Of course, it became a cult movie favorite. Sestero, one of the actors, offers a unique perspective on the film's wacky evolution. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Wonder of Wonders

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Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250058706
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Published: Picador - September 2nd, 2014

The origins, evolution, and enduring triumph of the musical play, Fiddler On the Roof. This is a fascinating chronicle of the long metamorphosis from Sholem-Aleichem’s endearing stories to a work of uplifting theatrical art, both born out of the suffering and continual displacement of thousands of people. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Friedkin Connection

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The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061775147
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 1st, 2014

A bumpy ride through the Hollywood maze. After starting in the mail room at a Chicago television station, Friedkin went on to direct two of the most influential films of the 1970s, The French Connection and The Exorcist. This memoir is an incisive look at a business that traditionally takes a dim view of idealistic notions about the kind of personal cinema that Friedkin admired and embraced. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Becoming Richard Pryor by Scott Saul - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062123329
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 8th, 2015

Pryor went from being a Bill Cosby-wannabe to one of the world's greatest comics - but it was far from an overnight success. This unputdownable biography is the best book yet on the painful upbringing and chaotic stardom of a comedy genius. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley

As You Wish

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Cover Image
By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781476764023
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Published: Atria Books - October 14th, 2014

Exactly what you are looking for in a book about The Princess Bride! I love how Cary includes thoughts from the other stars in the movie as well! Perfect holiday gift for any fan! ~ Reviewed by Jessica Elder


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