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Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater


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In Nothing Like a Dame, theater journalist Eddie Shapiro opens a jewelry box full of glittering surprises, through in-depth conversations with twenty leading women of Broadway. He carefully selected Tony Award-winning stars who have spent the majority of their careers in theater, leaving aside those who have moved on or occasionally drop back in. The women he interviewed spent endless hours with him, discussing their careers, offering insights into the iconic shows, changes on Broadway over the last century, and the art (and thrill) of taking the stage night after night. Chita Rivera describes the experience of starring in musicals in each of the last seven decades; Audra McDonald gives her thoughts on the work that went into the five Tony Awards she won before turning forty-one; and Carol Channing reflects on how she has revisited the same starring role generation after generation, and its effects on her career. Here too is Sutton Foster, who contemplates her breakout success in an age when stars working predominately in theater are increasingly rare. Each of these conversations is guided by Shapiro's expert knowledge of these women's careers, Broadway lore, and the details of famous (and infamous) musicals. He also includes dozens of photographs of these players in their best-known roles.

This fascinating collection reveals the artistic genius and human experience of the women who have made Broadway musicals more popular than ever — a must for anyone who loves the theater.

About the Author

Eddie Shapiro is a freelance writer and theater journalist whose work regularly appears in Out Magazine, Instinct, and Backstage West.

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Foreword by Elaine Page


1. Elaine Stritch

2. Carol Channing

3. Chita Rivera

4. Donna McKechnie

5. Angela Lansbury

6. Leslie Uggams

7. Judy Kaye

8. Betty Buckley

9. Patti LuPone

10. Bebe Neuwirth

11. Donna Murphy

12. Lillias White

13. Karen Ziemba

14. Debra Monk

15. Victoria Clark

16. Audra McDonald

17. Kristin Chenoweth

18. Idina Menzel

19. Sutton Foster

20. Laura Benanti

21. LaChanze

22. Tonya Pinkins online on the companion website



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Shapiro, Eddie
Oxford University Press, USA
Music | Popular Music | Music Theatre, Popular Song, & Film Music
Music-Popular Songbooks
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65 photographs
7.4 x 10.1 x 1.4 in 1.9 lb

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Arts and Entertainment » Drama » General
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Musical Theater
Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Musicals
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Reference
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy

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