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SUMMER READING LIST FOR THEATER LOVERS

Put together by Carole Schweid

Creativity in print and on audio - 15 Memoirs, Journals, and first-hand accounts

MIKE NICHOLS: A Life

By Mark Harris

2021 – Year by year exploration into the life and work of the brilliant director.

 

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL

By Jack Viertel

2016 – How Broadway shows are built

 

TOM STOPPARD

By Hermone Lee

2021 – In depth study of his life and extraordinary body of work.

 

HOOKED

By Sutton Foster

2021 – Crafts save the sanity of this Broadway star

 

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

By James Lapine

2021 - Creating Sunday in the Park with George

 

ACT ONE

By Moss Hart

1959 - One of the best theater books ever written

 

HER AGAIN

By Michael Schulman

2016 - Meryl Streep’s early life and career

 

EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE

By Ted Chapin

2022 rerelease – Creation of the musical Follies, from a unique point of view.   

LEAVE THE GUN, TAKE THE CANNOLI: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather

By Mark Seal

2021

 

FOSSE

By Sam Wasson

2013 - Whiny and wonderful

 

THE STREET WHERE I LIVE

By Alan Jay Lerner

1978 – My Fair Lady, Gigi and Camelot

 

DYING OF POLITENESS

By Geena Davis

2022 – Actress, Archer, Activist

 

PRODIGAL SON

By Edward Villella

1998 - Dancing for Balanchine in a World of Pain and Magic

 

FREE FOR ALL: JOE PAPP, THE PUBLIC, AND THE GREATEST THEATER STORY EVER TOLD

By Joe Papp and Kenneth Tynan

2010 - Behind the scenes at one of America’s most important cultural institutions.

 

FAMOUS FATHER GIRL: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP BERNESTEIN

By Jamie Bernstein

2018 - Leonard Bernstein’s eldest daughter – intimate, evocative and educational

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