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Letters from Backstage The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor

ISBN-10: 1581154410
ISBN-13: 9781581154412
Edition: 2005
Authors: Michael Kostroff
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Description: Ever wonder what it's like to be a real working actor? Wonder no more! Michael Kostroff is here to reveal, in hilarious detail, just what it's like to travel with the road companies of The Producers and Les Miserables. His firsthand account of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Ever wonder what it's like to be a real working actor? Wonder no more! Michael Kostroff is here to reveal, in hilarious detail, just what it's like to travel with the road companies of The Producers and Les Miserables. His firsthand account of the exciting, funny, and sometimes bizarre highlights of his journey includes working at a temp job when his agent calls to say, "You got the part!"; singing on a revolving stage while lugging a dead body; seeing ghosts in haunted theaters; and much more. Along the way, anecdotes about nailing an audition, keeping a performance fresh, and getting along with fellow cast members give useful tips for working actors. Anyone who wants to know what a life in the theater is really like needs this intimate and unforgettable narrative.

Foreword
Preface
Thank-yous
Acknowledgements
Prologue (or "How I Got That Job")
Je Suis Arrive! (... Give or Take)
Broadway Boot Camp
First of All, Pittsburgh
The Dark Mysteries of Cleveland
"Honey, They're Showbirds."
Hail, Mary
A Tale of Two Cities (or "A Well-Deserved West")
Through the Desert
Cookie Jars and Nutty Russians
Portland from a Hotel Window
Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley, Pop, Pop, Pop Went the Gastrocnemius
The End of the Road (or "Never Say Never Again")
Revolutions, French and Otherwise
Son of Cleveland
A Flicker of Flint
"Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln, How Did You Like the Play?"
My Broadway Adventure
William Dawes Slept Here
Jiggery-pokery
It's Delovely, It's Delightful, It's ... Des Moines?
Tales of the Haunted South
Hotel/Motel/Theatre/Mall
Epilogue (or "The Curtain Calls")
About the Author
Credits
Index

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