- Gebundene Ausgabe: 326 Seiten
- Verlag: Union Square Press; Auflage: 1 (1. Juli 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1402758898
- ISBN-13: 978-1402758898
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,6 x 3 x 21,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.424.174 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Put on a Happy Face: A Broadway Memoir (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Juli 2008
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Charles Strouse is one of the most talented composers ever known to Broadway. His life in music makes for truly wonderful reading. Mel Brooks (Book writer for "All-American, "1962) Charles Strouse is an American treasure. "Put on a Happy Face" tells the remarkable story of his amazing life and achievements, with hefty doses of Charles' trademark humor and humility. Carol Burnett (Miss Hannigan in the film version of "Annie, "1989) I have vivid and marvelous memories of working with Charles Strouse, first on his revue "By Strouse" and then in the Broadway cast of "Annie." He is a great writer, a completely musical person, and a great teacher. Sarah Jessica Parker (Annie in the original Broadway run of "Annie," 1979) Charles is one of the great ones. Dick Van Dyke (Albert Peterson in the original Broadway run of "Bye Bye Birdie, "1960) Charles has enriched Broadway and our lives with his remarkable talent. Chita Rivera (Rose Alvarez in the original Broadway run of "Bye Bye Birdie, "1960) Charles Strouse's music goes down in Broadway history--it's as apple pie as you can get! Vanessa Williams (Rose Alvarez in the television movie "Bye Bye Birdie, "1995)"Strouse's superb backstage memoir deserves a standing ovation."--"Publishers Weekly""[a] lively, highly readable memoir...One finishes the book utterly charmed by the man and his wit. "Booklist""""[F]ull of funny anecdotes [and] juicy gossip [B]eautifully written, funny and touchinga wonderful evocation of a great career." --Howard Kissell, "The Daily News""
This fascinating and witty autobiography is packed with juicy, behind-the-curtain stories. It is a wonderful gift for theatre fans and anyone who loves celebrity gossip. Strouse is a musical-theatre legend who is as entertaining on the page as his work is on the stage!Legendary Hollywood and Broadway composer, Charles Strouse, has composed some of the most successful shows in Broadway history including "Annie" and "Bye Bye Birdie"; has been sampled by one of today's biggest rap stars - Jay-Z, in the Grammy-winning "Hard Knock Life"; and his songs have been sung by musical greats from Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles to Barbra Streisand. "Put on a Happy Face" relates fascinating, behind-the-curtain stories and tells fascinating tales about the people he's met with along the way, including Butterfly McQueen, Sammy Davis Jr., Lauren Bacall, Mel Brooks, Warren Beatty and Carol Burnett. Timed to coincide with public celebrations of Strouse's 80th birthday, this autobiography sparkles with wit and grants an insider's glimpse of Broadway, Hollywood and beyond.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Strouse has had a fabulous career. Besides the hit shows, so many of his songs have become standards: "Tomorrow," "You've Got Possibilities," "Once Upon a Time," "Kids," "A Lot of Livin' To Do," and others. Buffs worship his score for Rags. His title song for Dance a Little Closer is gorgeous. His theme song for All in the Family --- "Those Were the Days" is one of the best known tv themes ever. If you analyze "The Telephone Hour" measure by measure, you will be astonished by the musicianship. In person, Charles Strouse is warm, gracious, and, to borrow the title of one of his songs, a "perfect gentleman." All that talent and honest personality come through in the pages of this book.
Don't miss it.
Strouse promised a lot of "dirt" in this book, but I can't say it really delivers in that regard. Other than revealing that Arthur Laurents is an egomaniacal bastard (hardly a news flash) and that Strouse and Adams made a contribution to the development of "Hello, Dolly!," there isn't anything much along those lines.
One thing that emerges that is sort of surprising is how many close friends of Strouse's are gay; to the extent that it comes as a shock that he isn't gay himself! It is a testament to his open, accepting spirit.
It becomes very clear by book's end that Strouse suffers from chronic depression. One wonders why he isn't on medication for it. His creative output, despite that, is astounding.
I would have enjoyed more about Strouse's creative process, his aesthetic tastes, his opinions of the work of his contemporaries, and so on. The personal details are interesting, but after all, it is their work that fascinates us about these geniuses.