Includes CD of Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty’s “I Was Here”
Sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell
Book being published November 1st benefits The Actors Fund
“Welcome to my house, my home, my Broadway! As you take this
very special tour, perhaps you too will be ignited by the incredible
collaborative magic that gives life and light to the theater.”
- from the introduction by Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell,
President of The Actors Fund
(New York, NY) In LIGHTS ON BROADWAY with Brian Stokes Mitchell (Blue Apple Books/November 2009/$19.99), the theatrical world vividly comes to life through Elliot Kreloffâ€™s colorful and energetic illustrations, text by award-winning childrenâ€™s book author Harriet Ziefert, an introduction and postscript (and contribution to the letter â€œzâ€) from Tony AwardÂ® winner and â€œBroadwayâ€™s last leading manâ€ Brian Stokes Mitchell, and quotes from such Broadway luminaries as Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Kline, Nathan Lane, Billy Crudup, Harvey Fierstein, Stephen Sondheim and many more. Entries for each letter of the alphabet introduce readers to the behind-the-scenes world of Broadway: â€œAâ€ for audition, actor, audience and applause; â€œMâ€ for marquee and matinee; and â€œSâ€ for stage, scenery, script and set. Readers from 8 to 80 will learn about the Tony Awards, the many people it takes to bring a performance and production to life, how to read the information on a ticket and other essential backstage facts and trivia.
As Mitchell says at the conclusion of this vibrant treasury, â€œUnlike a movie or television program that is the same no matter where you sit or when you see it, live theater is custom-built for each audience. Every performance is different and every individual in that audience has a unique experience that wonâ€™t be repeated ever again...Itâ€™s what gives the theater and life â€¦ ZING!â€ Lights on Broadway can be pre-ordered now at and autographed copies are available for $50 at The Actors Fund Store at . To find out about ordering multiple copies for holiday gifts, please e-mail Ina Clark at .
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Lights on Broadway will be donated to The Actors Fund.
BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, winner of the Tony AwardÂ® for Kiss Me Kate, has had a long and award-winning career on Broadway, including performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilsonâ€™s King Hedley II, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider, Jellyâ€™s Last Jam, and David Merrickâ€™s Oh Kay! Mitchell has numerous appearances in film, television and concert performances and has worked with many charitable organizations, including the March of Dimes and the USO. He is the president of The Actors Fund. He lives with his wife, son and adopted mutt in New York City.
HARRIET ZIEFERT is an award-winning author of over two hundred books for children. The grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.
ELLIOT KRELOFF makes his living as a designer and illustrator, yet he is passionate about theater. After starting his performing career as â€œPinocchioâ€ at Camp Kennybrook, he went on to act, sing, dance, direct, choreograph and move scenery as a founding member of The Fourth Wall Repertory. He lives in New York City with his partner Stephen and his dog, Tic Tac.
THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund â€“ which supports those on stage and on screen and everyone behind the scenes who works in theatre, film, TV, music, dance, radio and opera â€“ is a safety net, providing social services and emergency assistance, health services and health insurance information, employment and training programs and housing support for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Learn more about all of The Actors Fundâ€™s services and programs at www.actorsfund.org.
LIGHTS ON BROADWAY A Theatrical Tour from A to Z November 2009
$19.99 Hardcover with CD
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