Check out some of our staff picks for books to read this summer.
Elaine Paige: "Memories"
Published in 2009, this 144-page memoir from the West End's "First Lady of Musical Theatre" takes readers behind the scenes of many of Paige's stage triumphs including Evita, Cats, Sunset Boulevard and The Drowsy Chaperone, as well as Chess, Grease, Hair and Piaf. The book is full of numerous photographs and promises a "revealing, funny and personal" read.
Broadway's original Evita tells all in this candid and personal 344-page book that was published in 2011. If you want the story behind the debacle that was The Baker's Wife, how she managed the Evita score, or how her stint Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard began and famously ended, it's all here. Some of the best parts of the book trace LuPone's beginnings at the Juilliard School and her time spent on the road with The Acting Company. Within the memoir LuPone also charts her relationship with playwright-director David Mamet, creating the role of Fantine in the original London cast of Les Misérables and her closing night in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Gypsy. The only unsatisfying thing about the book is that there's more to be told. We're still waiting for chapters on Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and palling around with Lena Dunham on "Girls."
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