Letters from Backstage: The Adventures of a Touring Stage by Michael Kostroff

By Michael Kostroff

• half behind the curtain journey, half travelogue, half social statement, all humorous and insightful• Adventures in additional than 20 US towns, huge and small• Anecdotes approximately celebrities, together with Mel Brooks, Susan Stroman, Jason Alexander, and Martin ShortEver ask yourself what it’s wish to be a true operating actor? ask yourself not more! Michael Kostroff is the following to bare, in hilarious element, simply what it’s wish to shuttle with the line businesses of The manufacturers and Les Miserables. His firsthand account of the interesting, humorous, and infrequently strange highlights of his trip contains operating at a temp task whilst his agent calls to claim, “You received the part!”; making a song on a revolving degree whereas lugging a lifeless physique; seeing ghosts in haunted theaters; and masses extra. alongside the best way, anecdotes approximately nailing an audition, holding a functionality clean, and getting in addition to fellow forged contributors supply worthwhile information for operating actors. someone who desires to be aware of what a lifestyles within the theater is actually like wishes this intimate and unforgettable narrative.

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Hope all is well with you folks. Please send news of your own adventures. I’m craving stories of the world outside The Producers. Stay warm, wherever you are. qxd 7/29/05 07:31AM Page 49 7 A TALE OF TWO CITIES (OR “A WELL-DESERVED WEST”) January 17th, 2003 Hey, readers, Life on the road is just full of lessons. And as the months go by, I’m learning more and more about what’s really important in life—the really big questions, like: Where’s the mall? How close is the theatre? Does the hotel have HBO?

I felt I was finally beginning, for the first time, to truly grasp what was happening: My lifelong dream of being an itinerant stage actor in a big Broadway musical was coming true. For the past two days, while our set and lights travel to Pittsburgh, a small group of us have been back in the studio for understudy rehearsals. While most of the cast enjoyed much-needed days off, we gathered to work on the roles we cover. It was a nice, quiet, low-key time after all the running around—kind of like being a summer camp counselor who’s just put the last kid on the bus back home.

I’d take them. He wouldn’t let go. I’d go to toss a shirt into the discard bin. He’d intercept and we’d end up throwing it together. Folks, it was the oddest thing. Ever try putting on a tie with four hands? And it went on like this for several nights. We just kept getting in each other’s way. Eventually we worked it all out, and fortunately, I’ve managed to make every entrance. While the stage floor was tight, the rest of the building was a vast, rambling maze. To get to our dressing rooms we had to go downstairs, past the orchestra pit, around a winding hallway, down a corridor, across state lines, and to the left.

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