Emma Brockes didn't always love musicals. One of her most painful childhood memories is of her mother singing "The Hills Are Alive" while young Emma crossed the street en route to a babysitting gig. Mum said the music would keep muggers at bay. Emma found it warded off friends, a social life, and any chance of appearing normal. Some people would slice off their arm with a plastic knife before they'd sit through "Fiddler on the Roof" or "The Sound of Music," But musicals are everywhere, and it's about time someone asked why. Emma Brockes firmly believes that, in this world, our lives might be much better lived to a Broadway score. Smartly written and incredibly witty, "What Would Barbra Do?" is part memoir, part musical history tour, and, at its heart, the touching story of a daughter, a mother, and how musicals kept them together. It will have you laughing and singing.
Emma Brockes has been a feature writer at the Guardian for several years.In 2001 she won Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, and in 2002 she was voted Feature Writer of the Year, one of the youngest ever recipients of the award. After living in London, where she indulged her passion for musicals at every opportunity, Emma has now moved to New York where she hopes to do the same.