"Nothing Like a Dame," Featuring Interviews with Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, Audra McDonald, Elaine Stritch and More, Released Feb. 7

"Nothing Like a Dame," a new book that features interviews with 20 female musical theatre stars, is released Feb. 7 by Oxford University Press.

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Penned by Eddie Shapiro, the 384-page tome is subtitled "Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater." Olivier winner Elaine Paige wrote the foreword.

Read the Playbill.com Brief Encounter with author Shapiro. 

The book includes lengthy interviews with Elaine Stritch, Carol Channing, Chita Rivera, Donna McKechnie, Angela Lansbury, Leslie Uggams, Judy Kaye, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth, Donna Murphy, Lillias White, Karen Ziemba, Debra Monk, Victoria Clark, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Sutton Foster and Laura Benanti.

Writer/interviewer Shapiro, according to Amazon.com, "carefully selected Tony Award-winning stars who have spent the majority of their careers in theater, leaving aside those who have moved on or occasionally drop back in. The women he interviewed spent endless hours with him, discussing their careers, offering insights into the iconic shows, changes on Broadway over the last century, and the art (and thrill) of taking the stage night after night."

Shapiro is the co-author of "The Actors Encyclopedia of Casting Directors" and "Queens in the Kingdom: The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Guide to the Disney Theme Parks."

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