Tales of a Theatrical Guru

Tales of a Theatrical Guru

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In Tales of a Theatrical Guru, legendary showman Danny Newman brings together thirty-three profiles of key arts people he\u2019s known during his amazing career, many of them connected with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Among the singers, conductors, promoters, actors, and others are Pl\u00e1cido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Sally Rand, Sam Wanamaker, Dina Halpern (to whom he was married), George Balanchine, Samuel Goldwyn, Carol Channing, Yul Brynner, Richard Tucker, Leontyne Price, Jussi Bj\u00f6erling, Tito Gobbi, and Maria Callas. Ranging from hilarious to somber, these fascinating vignettes and anecdotes provide a complete picture of a world that few have ever seen so intimately. Newman himself is necessarily very much a part of these stories, and his irrepressible nature and love for the arts shine through on every page.show more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 30.5mm | 703.08g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252031644
  • 9780252031649

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"Danny Newman has become a household word to America 's cultural institutions. A fantastic stream of ideas and brilliant articulation." The Houston Chronicle "We learn the way greater and lesser celebrities in the performing arts acted and lived in the lively arena of their times; we get to know directors, theater managers, producers, box office chiefs, press agents, critics, conductors, singers - in short, the entire show business empire. We are always right there with him, sharing his secrets through the many twists and turns of American cultural history." Elise K. Kirk, author of American Opera "Many of the events that are now 'legendary' in American operatic life are precisely that because Danny Newman knew an opportunity when he saw it and craftily arranged for photographers and journalists to be around at the right time. This book explains what was going through Mr. Newman's mind as he supervised the press coverage of, for example, Luciano Pavarotti's dismissal from Lyric Opera and Maria Callas's being served with a subpoena backstage. These are rich anecdotes told with considerable charm, warmth, and humor by one of American culture 's most lively figures." James Wierzbicki, associate professor of musicology, University of Michigan "Each short chapter in these reminiscences of [Newman's] colourful career centres on a personality and Newman's relationship with them... Newman provides us with the kind of intimate detail and racy anecdote you do not usually get... The thing that amazes when reading this book is: when did Newman ever find time to sleep?"--Classical Music, 12 April 2008show more

About Danny Newman

Danny Newman is a legendary press agent, the "father" of modern subscription sales, the longtime publicist for Chicago's Lyric Opera, consultant to the Ford Foundation, and the author of Subscribe Now! Building Arts Audiences through Dynamic Subscription Promotion.show more

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