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Broadway Babylon: Glamour, Glitz and Gossip on the Great White Way Hardcover – 1 Aug 2007
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About the Author
Boze Hadleigh is a very successful author of celebrity gossip books, including Celebrity Feuds, Hollywood Gays, Bette Davis Speaks, Celebrity Lies, and Sing OutGays and Lesbians in the Music Industry. He has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Showbiz Today, and E! True Hollywood Stories. He lives in Beverly Hills, California, where else?
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Hadleigh is an American journalist of celebrity gossip and entertainment who does not follow in the footsteps of Peter Hay as a serious compiler of theatrical anecdotes but is much more of a tabloid newspaper show-business journalist revealing the sort of revelations that make lurid and sensational headlines that sell newspapers. This includes spilling the beans on juicy comments made by the stars, a concentration on the gay proclivities of the famous, and an interest in the more strange, unusual, and unpleasant aspects of human nature of those making up The Broadway diverse entertainment scene. Boze Hadleigh provides that which the wider audience clamour for, not what the academics and theatrical intelligentsia crave after.
This is a good, fun read with hundreds of quotes from players, and revealing the stories, salubrious or otherwise, warts and all, behind over a century of major headlines, and brims with the low-downs about so-called theatrical royalty, past and present. Those gossiped about include Tallulah Bankhead (isn't she always) Kathleen Cornell, Mary Martin, Yule Brynner, Eugene O'Neill, Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Jonathan Larson, Tony Kushner, and Terence McNally.
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Note: If "Show Biz" is of no particular interest to you, you might want to skip Boze's new work.
And one of those quotes is jarringly wrong---on page 288, Hadleigh includes a comment from Madeline Kahn on Nathan Lane's success in "The Producers"---"The Producers" opened in 2001 and Kahn died in 1999. Oops.
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