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BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY: MORE True Tales of a Theatre Press Agent

BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY: MORE True Tales of a Theatre Press Agent

Susan L. Schulman

Goodreads Press has published the second edition of Susan L. Schulman’s popular memoir, BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY.  Sub-titled “MORE True Tales of a Theatre Press Agent,” the second edition includes several new chapters, expanded stories and additional never-before-seen photos from the author’s personal collection.

The first edition of BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY: True Tales of A Theatre Press Agent was published in September, 2013 and, within a month, was named one of Amazon’s 100 best-selling theatre books.  In this entertaining, dishy book, long-time theatre press agent Schulman shines the spotlight behind the show curtain, sharing true tales of her life in the theatre.  Susan L. Schulman has worked with some of Broadway’s most talented and creative people – sometimes behaving badly and often with astonishing grace – as they struggled to create theatre magic.

A New York City ‘theatre kid,’ Schulman waited outside Broadway stage doors, not for autographs, but to tell actors how their performance had enhanced her life.  After learning her craft from some of Broadway’s legendary press agents, she handled the publicity for many Broadway shows including Dream, Dancin’, Sly Fox, State Fair, Applause, Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Scapino, Death and the Maiden and Requiem For A Heavyweight.  She shares her adventures working with Mary Martin, George C. Scott, Lauren Bacall, Yul Brynner, Robert Redford, David Merrick, Bob Fosse, Raul Julia, Zero Mostel, Vanessa Redgrave, Henry Winkler, Lesley Ann Warren, Katharine Hepburn, Glenn Close, Mike Nichols, Diana Ross, and many more.   Schulman has survived some spectacular theatrical train wrecks including the play that killed Zero Mostel; ‘Abominable Showman’ David Merrick’s last hurrah, and the fading film diva who sabotaged her own return to Broadway.  Schulman also explains what a theatrical press agent does, how she does it, and how theatre promotion has changed.

Broadway’s top graphic designer, Frank Verlizzo, known as FRAVER, re-designed the cover for the second edition of BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY. Mr. Verlizzo’s book, FRAVER BY DESIGN, was published recently by Schiffer Books.

BACKSTAGE PASS TO BROADWAY is currently available in paperback and ebook at amazon.com.  The paperback is also available at www.backstagepasstobroadway.com as well as at Theatre Circle, 268 West 44th Street, NYC; The Drama Book Shop, 250 West 40th Street, NYC and at Byrd’s Books in Bethel, CT.

For more information visit www.BackstagePassToBroadway.com.

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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: suzanna@t2conline.com

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