Bryan Batt's "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother" Due in May

News   Bryan Batt's "She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother" Due in May
"She Ain't Heavy, She's My Mother: A Memoir," penned by Broadway actor and "Mad Men" star Bryan Batt, is due May 4 on the Harmony label, according to

The hardcover tome "chronicles [Batt's] life—and his mother's supportive presence in it."

"Gayle Batt is the kind of lady who throws elegant cocktail parties while wearing layers of silk chiffon, dripping pearls, and eight months' pregnant," according to press notes. "She is the kind of woman who says 'anyhoo' and calls everyone 'Dahlin'" or a special pet name. With hair, makeup, and nails always done to perfection, she triumphs rather than crumbles when infidelity, alcoholism, cancer, or any form of adversity attempts to shatter her family. Endearing and enduring, Gayle is a big-hearted, strong-willed true Southern belle—and she taught her son everything he knows about being a man."

New Orleans resident Bryan Batt — most recently on Broadway in the revival of La Cage aux Folles — has also been seen on The Great White Way as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast; Monty, the disco DJ, in Saturday Night Fever; the Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical; and Sir Percy in Frank Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel. He also had principal roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express and Cats. The actor-singer-dancer also played Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and has appeared Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway and Jeffrey.

Batt plays Sal Romano on the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award–winning "Mad Men."

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