Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage Actor (Paperback)
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- Part backstage tour, part travelogue, part social commentary, all funny and insightful - Adventures in more than 20 US cities, large and small - Anecdotes about celebrities, including Mel Brooks, Susan Stroman, Jason Alexander, and Martin Short Ever wonder what it's like to be a real working actor? Wonder no more Michael Kostroff is here to reveal, in hilarious detail, just what it's like to travel with the road companies of The Producers and Les Miserables. His firsthand account of the exciting, funny, and sometimes bizarre highlights of his journey includes working at a temp job when his agent calls to say, "You got the part "; singing on a revolving stage while lugging a dead body; seeing ghosts in haunted theaters; and much more. Along the way, anecdotes about nailing an audition, keeping a performance fresh, and getting along with fellow cast members give useful tips for working actors. Anyone who wants to know what a life in the theater is really like needs this intimate and unforgettable narrative. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
About the Author
Michael Kostroff has performed in the road companies of "The Producers" and "Les Miserables." He will also be in the upcoming movie of "The Producers." On TV he has been on "Malcolm in the Middle," "The West Wing," "The Wire," and other shows. A professional writer for Disney and other entertainment companies, he lives in Los Angeles.