Mr. Broadway The inside story of the Shuberts, the shows, and the stars

Gerald Schoenfeld, 1924-2008

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Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Applause 2012.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xx, 299 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781557838278
1557838275
Main Author
Gerald Schoenfeld, 1924-2008 (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this posthumously published memoir, Schoenfeld—the long-standing chairman of the Shubert Organization, who had a hand in producing and booking some of Broadway's biggest shows (e.g., Les Misérables, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera)—reflects in conversational vignettes on his successes and failures. He discusses his progression from lawyer for the temperamental Shubert family—one of the biggest names in Broadway history—to chairman of the organization. While Schoenfeld does not hold back with regard to the backstabbing, volatile bosses, and difficult actors he encountered, he also reveals the great joy he garnered from his more than 50 years in the theater world. The book includes a foreword by Hugh Jackman and an introduction by Alec Baldwin; both actors knew Schoenfeld personally. VERDICT Readers will be captivated by this inside look at the Broadway theater world, particularly as Schoenfeld was involved with so many famous productions and people. A must read for theater aficionados, those interested in entertainment law, and memoir fans.—Katie Lawrence, Chicago [Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The long-term chairman of the Shubert Organization shares his triumphs and failures, revealing how he and partner Bernie Jacobs saved the organization by bringing some of Broadway's greatest hits to the stage.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Taking readers backstage, the long-term chairman of the Shubert Organization shares his triumphs and failures, sings praises and settles scores, revealing how he and his partner, Bernie Jacobs, saved the Shubert Organization by bringing some of Broadway's greatest hits to the stage.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Credited as being one of the most influential people in commercial theater and instrumental in the revival of Broadway and Times Square, Schoenfeld was chairman of the Schubert organization from 1972 until his death in 2008. In this memoir completed one month before his death, Schoenfeld shares anecdotes from his career and insights on his professional relationships. He discusses his time working for the Shubert family, his longtime partner Bernie Jacobs, and his experiences working with Broadway stars, directors, choreographers, and other theater professionals. The book includes several pages of photos, some in color. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 4

ÊMr. BroadwayÊ was completed just one month before Gerald Schoenfeld's death in 2008 at the age of 84. Bringing the reader backstage the long-term chairman of the Shubert Organization shares his triumphs and failures sings praise and settles scores. He recounts nightmarish tales of the Shuberts themselves ä the meanness of Lee the madness of JJ the turmoil surrounding John's personal life and the drunken ineptitude of Lawrence Shubert Lawrence Jr. the man who succeeded them and nearly brought the Shubert legacy to an ignominious end.ÞAn active participant in that legacy for over 50 years Schoenfeld describes how he and his partner Bernie Jacobs saved the Shubert Organization bringing some of Broadway's greatest hits to the stage ä from ÊA Chorus LineÊ ÊEquusÊ and ÊAmadeusÊ to ÊPippinÊ ÊLes Mis©rablesÊ ÊEvitaÊ ÊCatsÊ ÊThe Phantom of the OperaÊ ÊGodspellÊ ÊAin't Misbehavin'Ê ÊDreamgirlsÊ ÊDancin'Ê ÊSunday in the Park with GeorgeÊ ÊThe Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebyÊ ÊGlengarry Glen RossÊ ÊThe Heidi ChroniclesÊ ÊThe Gin GameÊ ÊMiss SaigonÊ and ÊChessÊ.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

MR. BROADWAY: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE SHUBERTS THE SHOWS AND THE STARS

Review by Publisher Summary 6

ÊMr. BroadwayÊ was completed just one month before Gerald Schoenfeld's death in 2008 at the age of 84. Bringing the reader backstage the long-term chairman of the Shubert Organization shares his triumphs and failures sings praise and settles scores. He recounts nightmarish tales of the Shuberts themselves ä the meanness of Lee the madness of JJ the turmoil surrounding John's personal life and the drunken ineptitude of Lawrence Shubert Lawrence Jr. the man who succeeded them and nearly brought the Shubert legacy to an ignominious end.ÞAn active participant in that legacy for over 50 years Schoenfeld describes how he and his partner Bernie Jacobs saved the Shubert Organization bringing some of Broadway's greatest hits to the stage ä from ÊA Chorus LineÊ ÊEquusÊ and ÊAmadeusÊ to ÊPippinÊ ÊLes Mis©rablesÊ ÊEvitaÊ ÊCatsÊ ÊThe Phantom of the OperaÊ ÊGodspellÊ ÊAin't Misbehavin'Ê ÊDreamgirlsÊ ÊDancin'Ê ÊSunday in the Park with GeorgeÊ ÊThe Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebyÊ ÊGlengarry Glen RossÊ ÊThe Heidi ChroniclesÊ ÊThe Gin GameÊ ÊMiss SaigonÊ and ÊChessÊ.