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Honky Tonk Parade: New Yorker Profiles on Show People Hardcover – 12 Oct 2006
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John Lahr writes like a master. He has a unique understanding of those who labour in the corners of showbiz -- Mike Nichols
What a wonderful, intelligent, complete critic -- Mel Brooks
"Honky Tonk Parade" illuminates some of the most compelling, elusive and important artists of our time, who talk to Lahr with rare candour. His portraits weave together biography, anecdote and shrewd interpretation. On the roster of greats are Dame Edna Everage, Cole Porter, Dame Judi Dench, Ang Lee, Billy Connolly, Kenneth Tynan, Baz Luhrmann, Laurence Fishburne, August Wilson, Mira Nair, Yip Harburg, Richard Rodgers, Tony Kushner and Bill Hicks. "Honky Tonk Parade", like the icons whose lives and work it so meticulously chronicles, corrupts an audience with pleasure.See all Product description
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In about ten thousand words you get a thoughtful and lively portrait of a remarkable person - but that's obvious. What makes Lahr unique is that he effortlessly achieves something more: the people Lahr portrays are performers, that is to say these folks are masters at hiding who they actually are. Lahr is unrivalled at finding these entertainers and letting them and their work speak. Each profile is full and living, a master-class in the art of the profile.
Especially remarkable are his portraits of Ang Lee, August Wilson, Bill Hicks, Billy Connolly, Dame Edna, Laurence Fishburne, Judi Dench, Tony Kushner, and Mira Nair - there are many more.