A Ship Without a Sail: The Life of Lorenz Hart
From "The Lady is a Tramp" to "My Funny Valentine", Lorenz Hart created some of the most memorable songs ever written. This is the story of his songwriting genius. An unforgettable portrait of an exhuberant yet troubled artist whose gift so enriched the American songbook. 510 pp. $30.00.
A Singer's Notebook
Ian Bostridge is one of the outstanding singers of our time, celebrated both for the quality of his voice and for the exceptional intelligence of the repertoire of the past and present alike. Yet his early career was that of a professional historian, and A Singer's Notebook takes a look at the multifaceted world of classical music through the eyes of someone whose career as a singer has followed a unique trajectory. Hardcover, 261 pp. $28.00.
Look, I Made a Hat
The eagerly anticipated to Sondheim's best-selling, critically acclaimed Finishing The Hat. This volume covers the work done by this essentail artist between 1981 and 2011. In his own words, it is the "collected lyrics with attendant comments, amplifications, dogmas, harangues, digressions, anecdotes, and miscellany". The perfect gift for any musical theatre fan, lover of letters, or for anyone who appreciates genius and wit. Hardcover, 453 pp. $50.00.
Stephen Sondheim: A Life
The first and only full-scale and definitive biography of the most important composer-lyricist in musical theatre today. A fascinating and remarkable portrait of the man, the music, and the genius of Stephen Sondheim: star of his own fascinating and unfinished life. Softcover, 461 pp. $18.00.
No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf
The iconic French singer comes to life in this enthalling, definitive biography, which captures Edith Piaf's immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her unprecedented international career. Hardcover, 282 pp. $32.00.
Oscar Andrew Hammerstein
The Hammersteins presents a multi-layered portrait of the family whose name has become synonymous with musical theatre. Complete with personal and professional highlights, as well as scandals and tragedies, and illustrated by a rich collection of photographs, programs, patents and more, this volume is at once a deeply personal story of a prolific family who made New York the centre of the theatrical world, and changed an art form forever. Hardcover, 236 pp. $41.95.
Patti LuPone: A Memoir
The legendary Patti LuPone shares the highs and lows of her extraordinary career on the stage and in film and TV. The unalloyed joy she has found in performing ultimately becomes a love letter to the theatre. She does not hesitate to share the intimate story of her life both onstage and off with the humour and outspoken candor that have become her trademarks. Cloth, $29.99.
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954 - 1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
This promises to give the reader a rare unparralleled insight into the art, life and times of one of the geniuses of the modern American musical theatre. Rich with history, personal insights and intimate details, Sondheim discusses his relationship with his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II and his collaborations with legends like Bernstein, Laurents, Rodgers, Prince, Mary Martin, Angela Lansbury, Ethel Merman and countless others. All this and the lyrics for all his productions from 1954 - 81. Cloth, $47.00.
Victor Feldbrill: Canadian Conductor Extraordinaire
A former artistic director of the Winnipeg Symphony, a conductor with the Toronto Symphony, and a guest conductor of virtually every major symphony orchestra in Canada -- to name but a few of his achievements -- Victor Feldbrill is a major figure in Canadian music. This book tells the story of his life and his considerable cultural contributions. Hardcover, 430 pp. $40.00.
All of Me
In this revealing autobiography, Canada's first lady of song tells the whole story of her astonishing forty-year career in show business, for the first time ever. All of Me documents Anne Murray's whirlwind life, from her humble orgins in the tragedy-plagued coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, to her arrival on the world stage with her first gold record in 1970 and the string of top-selling hit singles and albums. Hardcover, 344 pp. $35.00.
Geniuses of the American Musical Theatre: The Composers and Lyricists
For the first time, the biographies of Broadway's greatest songwriters, composers, and lyricists, including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and many more are collected in a single volume. Fans of the theatre will not want to be without this wise, witty, and warmhearted new perspective. Hardcover, 305 pp. $29.95.
Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician
This broadly accessible and impressively documented account of the celebrity maestro's life deepens our understanding of an entire era as it reveals important and often ignored intersections of American culture and political power. Hardcover, 276 pp. $32.95.
Callas Kissed Me...Lenny Too! A Critic's Memoir
From his extraordinary beginnings--his mother went into labour while gambling at a French casino--to escaping Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and ultimately hoping to conquer New York City, John Gruen writes a subtly revealing self-portrait in Callas Kissed Me...Lenny Too! Hardcover, 327 pp. $32.00.
I'm the Greatest Star: Broadway's Top Musical Legends from 1900 to Today
The brightest stars in Broadway's heavens shine anew in I'm the Greatest Star. Here in a single volume are the life stories of forty Great White Way luminaries who fascinated, moved, delighted, and intrigued five generations of audiences from 1900 to the present. Hardcover, 425 pp. $29.95.
Mainly On Directing Gypsy, West Side Story, and Other Musicals
by Arthur Laurents
Playwright, screenwriter, director, Arthur Laurents has been at the birth and rebirth of the American musical theatre's greatest creations for the past five decades. At the age of ninety one, he has just directed the wildly acclaimed new production of West Side Story on Broadway.
This book revels in the author's love for and understanding of, musical theatre, the people who make it and the audiences who attend.
He writes from experience, in rich detail about his work and the work of other great directors. There isn't a page in this book that doesn't entertain or give the reader a fascinating insight into the art of directing.
This is a book inspired by love, which we can be thankful for. Hardcover $28.95.
Kander and Ebb
John Kander and Fred Ebb, one of the greatest and longest lasting composer-lyricist partnerships in Broadway history, created some of the most memorable musicals of all time, including Chicago, Cabaret, and Zorba. This book examines their artistic accomplishments as individuals and as a team. Kander and Ebb is essential reading for students of Musical theatre and lovers of Kander and Ebb's songs and shows. Hardcover, 365 pp. $49.99.
Elmer Iseler: Choral Visionary
In a career that spanned five decades, Elmer Iseler proved himself pivotal to the development of choral music in Canada. This detailed biography charts how Iseler became the most decorated musician, honoured nationally and internationally, and looks at the impact he has made at home and abroad. Hardcover, 351 pp. $40.00.
Piaf: A Biography
Throughout an explosive and tempestuous career, Edith Piaf cast a spell over all who came into contact with her and heard her voice. After her, popular singing would never be the same. This biography document's Piaf's meteoric rise from unknown street urchin to living legend. Softcover, 255 pp. $25.99.
Put On A Happy Face: A Broadway Memoir
In Put On A Happy Face, the man behind the hit shows Annie
Get Your Gun and Bye Bye Birdie pulls back the
curtain for a behind the scenes tour of his remarkable life and achievements.
With a sparkling wit, Charles offers an inside glimpse of Broadway,
Hollywood and beyond. With prose tuned to capture both soaring highs
and operatic lows, the composer whose music has delighted audiences
for decades now adds words to his repetoire. Hardcover, 326 pp. $21.95
Enchantress of Nations: Pauline Viardot: Soprano, Muse and Lover
Enchantress of Nations is a portrait of Pauline Viardot, one of music's most magnetic, colourful and brilliant female stars - but also a picturesque biography of tumultuous, artistic, ever-changing 19th-century Europe. Hardcover, 539 pp. $40.00.
Boy George: Straight
Boy George: singer, songwriter, theatre star, DJ, photographer, fashion designer, cultural icon. This book reveals his whole story, reappraising his rise to stardom and all the madness that followed. It is only now, many years on from the glittering, glossy eighties, that George makes an insightful and often hilarious assessment of the impact of that extraordinary era. Boy George has come far from those days of excess and addiction. This is his story. Softcover, 283 pp. $21.95.
The Musical World of Boublil and Schonberg
The Musical World of Boublil and Schonberg is the first book to offer a comprehensive look behind the closed doors of the two intensely private musical theatre giants Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Boublil and Schonberg take center stage and talk openly about their methods and the creative processes involved in writing the book, the music, and the lyrics of their shows. A Fact File gives information on all their productions in London, New York, and worldwide with plot synopses and details of the creative teams, casts, reviews, awards, and recordings as well as some intriguing trivia. Softcover, 345 pp. $25.95.
Sings the Blues
Billie Holiday & Wayne Dufty
This is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday,
the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader
on a fast-moving journey from Holiday's rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood,
to her emergence on Harlem's club scene, to sold-out performances with Count
Basie Orchestra and with Artie Shaw and his band, this revelatory memoir is notable
for its trenchant observations on the racism that darkened Billie's life and
the heroin addiction that ended it too soon. Softcover, 231 pp. $21.00.
Child of Dreams
Jerrold Northrop Moore
Jerrold Northrop Moore pursues his quest for the essential Elgar and sets
out the story of an extraordinary creative life. It shows themes of
childhood, fantasy and vision fusing into a mature style of nobility
Above all it links the composer to the English landscape that informed
all of his work from his earliest years. This powerful short book is
the outcome of half a century's thought and reflection by a leading
Elgar scholar. Softcover, 212 pp. $21.00.
Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-1930
David A. Jasen & Gene Jones
This is the classic work on a little-studied subject in American music
history: the contribution of African American songwriters to the world
of popular song. Richly illustrated with rare photographs from sheet
music, newspapers, and other unique sources, the book describes an
of performance when black singers, dancers, and actors were active
on the New York stage. For anyone interested in the history of jazz,
pop song, or Broadway, this book will be a revelation. Softcover, 435
Lanza: Singing to the Gods
Blessed with one of the greatest tenor voices of all time, Mario Lanza rose
to spectacular heights in a film, recording and concert career that spanned
little more than a decade. This is the story of a tremendous talent that was
derailed by a self-destructive lifestyle, culminating with his death at the
age of thirty-eight. Newly revised and updated, this is the definitive account
of the remarkable life and times of one of the twentieth century's most beloved
singing stars. Hardcover, 280 pp. $43.95.
Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould
In this brilliant and entertaining biography, the product of twenty years'
research, Kevin Bazzana sheds new light on Glenn Gould's life, personality,
and multifarious work as pianist, write, broadcaster, and composer. Looking
past the legend of the self-taught recluse, he offers a balanced portrait of
a complex figure who, while uniquely gifted and genuinely eccentric, was in
many ways also a product of his time and place. Hardcover, 528 pp. $39.99.
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