It’s like the prostitute once said: it’s not the work, it’s the stairs

Elaine Stritch (1925 - 2014)


So upset about Elaine. Broadway is a little dimmer today. RIP Stritchie. Thanks for the laughs, tears, no pants & for so fiercely being yourself. EVERYBODY RISE. 

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Emma Thompson singing By The Sea during her first performance in Sweeney Todd [Avery Fisher Hall, 05.03.2014] 

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Ciao :) I noticed a while ago you posted / reblogged something from Patti LuPone's "A Memoir" and I wondered if there was somewhere I could read or download it (preferably free as I've had some trouble with places like amazon in the past :() Also, do you know of other theatre performers who have biographies or autobiographies and where I could maybe find them?

Ciao! I copied personally from the book the extract I posted from Patti’s Memoir, and I don’t have a digital version of it, sadly. I’m really sorry, but I don’t know where you can find musical related books online, and I wish to know it as well: I always spend a shameful amount of money in shipping costs :(

As for other books, I know Elaine Paige (“Memories”) and Kristin Chenoweth (“A Little Bit Wicked”) wrote a memoir as well, but I really can’t think about an autobiography by an actor as fascinating as Patti’s one: of course if you don’t mind occasional lies, Elaine Stritch At Liberty could be considered an amazing autobiographical show as well. There is a new great books of interviews of amazing Broadway ladies (including Donna Murphy, Judy Kaye, Audra McDonald, Angela Lansbury, Victoria Clark and more) called “Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater” which is a must for every diva-workshipper. You wrote specifically about actors, but I would also suggest Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat and Look I made an Hat, which are brilliant collections with lyrics with brilliant anectodes (and if you are a fan of Follies I would suggest Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies). But, again, I have just paper copies of them

Does any of you guys have a link to Patti’s book for the anon?

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Audra McDonald singing God Bless The Child from The Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill live cast recording.

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

Nadine Gordimer (via observando)

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Julie Andrews singing Could I Leave You? from Follies

This is not only one of the finest renditions of this song ever, but it will give you the possibility to hear Dame Julie saying ASS.