What Would Barbra Do?

What Would Barbra Do?

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Film musicals: you either love them or they make you want to kill yourself slowly with plastic cutlery. Nothing has the power to lift your heart or turn your stomach like Howard Keel in fake sideburns singing Bless Your Beautiful Hide or Julie Andrews singing...well, just about anything.There are few situations where the question What would Barbra do? doesn't have relevance in a world which is much better lived to a soundtrack of show-tunes. This is a book for people who know that * People don't tend to die in musicals, but those who do deserve it * True love waits long enough for an element of mistaken identity to be introduced (especially if one of the couple is a Nazi) * Women carry the show. * Talented women wind up alone... * ...But they have the consolation of the torch song, which in Hollywood musicals is more fulfilling than a husband.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 16mm | 170g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552773182
  • 9780552773188
  • 953,645

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"A sharply written and wickedly funny guide ... serious, silly and utterly, compellingly humane." * Daily Telegraph * "Entertaining and witty." * Independent on Sunday * "A warm, funny memoir" * Mail on Sunday * "An entertaining, heartfelt, light-as-air romp: much like a good musical in fact." * Sunday Times * "Extremely funny." * Daily Express *show more

About Emma Brockes

Emma Brockes has been a feature writer at the Guardian for several years.In 2001 she won Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, and in 2002 she was voted Feature Writer of the Year, one of the youngest ever recipients of the award. After living in London, where she indulged her passion for musicals at every opportunity, Emma has now moved to New York where she hopes to do the same.show more

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Emma Brockes used to hate musicals. Then she loved them. Then she hated the fact that she loved them. Now, she straightforwardly loves them again, while lots of people she loves hate them. Here she answers some of the pressing questions which puzzle musical lovers and haters alike: *Why do men hate musicals? *Why do women love them? *And why would anyone want to spend an evening in a small cinema surrounded by people dressed up as nuns or brown paper packages tied up with string? Read this book and learn why there are few situations in which the question What Would Barbra Do? doesn't have relevance, in a world much better lived to a soundtrack of showtunes. 'A sharply written and wickedly funny guide' Daily Telegraph 'A warm, funny memoir' Mail on Sunday 'Entertaining and witty' Independent on Sunday 'Spirited, articulate and utterly devourable' New York Timesshow more

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"A warm, funny memoir"show more

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146 ratings
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4 27% (40)
3 40% (58)
2 18% (26)
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