Friday Reads: Performing Arts Roundup

performing artsTGIF! Today we offer you a roundup of newly published and forthcoming books about actors, directors, a musician, and the performing arts. Are you not entertained?!

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Viertel
On Sale: March 1, 2016
Viertel has written what will become a classic textbook on the architecture and construction of the American musical. What Harold Bloom did for Shakespearean exegesis and Peter Drucker for management, Viertel has done for theater: written a definitive work by raising the curtain and laying bare the work of playwrights, composers, librettists, choreographers, and directors.” Library Journal, starred review

On Sale: February 16, 2016
“The diminutive, unforgettable creator of the emcee in Cabaret both on stage and on screen writes frankly of his diverse career, exacting mother, and public embrace of his homosexuality. An honest, eloquent, memorable autobiography.” — Kirkus Reviews

LEONARD: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner, with David Fisher
On Sale: February 16, 2016
“Fans will devour anecdotes surrounding the making of the series and its posthumous surge in popularity, but Shatner takes readers behind the nonemotive Vulcan visage to reveal the poet, photographer, devoted stage actor, recovering alcoholic, and formidable listener who was his friend. A fond remembrance of Leonard Nimoy by one who knew him like no other.” — Kirkus Reviews

WOODY: The Biography by David Evanier
The first biography of the award-winning writer and director in fifteen years. “Evanier’s superbly sourced, meticulously interpreted, and briskly paced biography affirms that Allen, about to turn 80, is as creative, driven, and uncompromising as ever.” — Booklist, starred review

MAGGIE SMITH by Michael Coveney
This brand-new biography of Maggie Smith, written with the actress’s blessing, draws on personal archives as well as interviews with immediate family and close friends. “Coveney seamlessly melds Smith’s personal and professional lives into an engrossing narrative. An authoritative and perceptive portrait.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

CITIZEN KANE: A Filmmaker’s Journey by Harlan Lebo
On Sale: April 26, 2016
“Everything you wanted to know about one of the greatest films of all time—and then some. Extensive quotes from many participants add a real immediacy to the story, and Lebo splendidly chronicles all the drama, infighting, ups and downs, excitement, and genius that went into creating Welles’ masterpiece. Published to coincide with the film’s 75th anniversary, this book is a gold mine for fans.” — Kirkus Reviews

LOVING AMY: A Mother’s Story by Janis Winehouse
An intimate portrait of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse through the lens of her mother, including never-before-seen photos and mementos from her childhood. “Those expecting salacious details that didn’t make it into the British tabloids will likely be disappointed, but fans who want to get to know the troubled artist a little better will find this a fond remembrance.” — Publishers Weekly

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