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A Wonderful Guy Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater

A Wonderful Guy Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater

Reading Eddie Shapiro’s interviews with these gentlemen of the theatre was like being with them at their shrink sessions, in the confessional booth and at a table at Joe Allen’s all at the same time. The next time I see these guys I will feel like I’ve seen them all naked, I don’t know if Eddie Shapiro should be applauded or arrested!

But good Lord, it made for a great read! Bravo!”

Marc Shaiman

Eddie Shapiro

In A Wonderful Guy, a follow up to Nothing Like a Dame, Eddie Shapiro sits down for an intimate, career-encompassing conversations with 19 of Broadway’s most prolific and fascinating leading men. Full of detailed stories and reflections, the talks dig deep into each actor’s career; together, these chapters tell the story of what it means to be a leading man on Broadway over the past fifty years. 

Spanning through three generations of luminaries from icons of the stage like Joel Grey and Ben Vereen to the newest crop of leading men like Raul Esparza and Christian Borle along with a host of others, A Wonderful Guy, brings more fly-on-the-wall opportunities for fans to savor, students to study, and even the unindoctrinated to understand the life of the performing artist.

Interviews with the following actors include:

John Cullum

Joel Grey, John Cullum, Len Cariou, Ben Vereen, Michael Rupert, Terrence Mann, Howard McGillin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marc Kudisch, Michael Cerveris, Norm Lewis, Will Chase, Christopher Sieber, Norbert Leo Butz, Christian Borle, Raúl Esparza, Gavin Creel, Cheyenne Jackson, Jonathan Groff

Christian Borle
Christian Borle

Eddie Shapiro grew up singing music from every cast album he could get his hands on. He is the author of Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical TheaterQueens on the Kingdom: The Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Guide to the Disney Theme Parks, and hundreds of articles in various magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

Norbert Leo Butz

“The conversations and stories, so generously told by these beautiful gentlemen, provide a moving glimpse into the complicated lives of artists.”

Bebe Neuwirth

“Of course the dish is delicious, but Eddie has gotten into the hearts and brains of these Wonderful Guys. As with his book, Nothing Like a Dame, I came for the great showbiz stories, but my take always were philosophies about working in the theater, and loving portraits of men who’ve given their lives 

to that most seductive mistress: the stage!”

Michael Urie

“These inspiring conversations show how and why these are truly great men of the theater and great guys, many of whom I have had the honor to work with and call my friends. Enjoy the adventures of these fellas!”

Chita Rivera

“Eddie Shapiro asks the right questions, sometimes the really hard ones, sometimes the ego-boosting-leading ones we hoped he would ask, but always the right ones, the honest ones that get inside these wonderful guys

I learned so much I never knew!”

Kelli O’Hara


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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