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NOTHING LIKE A DAME: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater (February 2014) is a collection of exclusive interviews with twenty of the greatest leading women of Broadway, by journalist Eddie Shapiro. “The history of musical theater is full of incredible, indelible female roles,” writes Elaine Paige in her Foreword to NOTHING LIKE A DAME. “Elphaba, Cassie, Reno Sweeney, Nellie Forbush, Millie Dill¬mount, Marian the Librarian, Effie White, Ruth Sherwood, Lorelei Lee…NOTHING LIKE A DAME features women who have devoted the majority of their careers to theater and have won at least one Tony Award. It includes Shapiro's experience interviewing the “cantankerous, outspoken, and utterly charming” Elaine Stritch over tea at the Carlyle on Thanksgiving Day, chatting with the eighty-four year old Angela Lansbury in her Manhattan apartment, and asking Patti LuPone about her start in acting while eating her home-baked bread. Each interview is guided by Shapiro's expert knowledge of these women's careers, Broadway lore, and the details of some of Broadway's most famous (and infamous) musicals. Here also are icons like Chita Rivera, who describes the experience of starring in musicals for the past seven decades, right alongside contemporary Broadway stars like Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, who discuss their roles in the smash-hit Wicked. This collection includes dozens of photographs of the actresses in their best-known roles, making it a must-have for theater lovers. Eddie Shapiro is the author and editor of Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater.
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