In the heart of the great metropolis of New York City, the bright lights of Broadway shine. And down, down, down, beneath a theater known as the Sovereign, there sits a long-forgotten architect's model -- the Sovereign's miniature replica. In this secret space, an adorable troupe of theater mice busily prepare to stage their own show, "Broadway Airs." Among the cast and crew are Emil, the director; Harold, the character actor; Adelaide, the diva; and young Pippin, the intern. Rehearsals are in their usual state of chaos when suddenly the production is threatened by the imminent demolition of the theater and the devastating disappearance of Adelaide. As the clock ticks toward opening night, everyone is worried -- will the little Sovereign survive? How can they pull off the most important night in mouse theater without their star? Somehow, the show must go on!
In this loving spoof of life in the theater, we join a delightful cast, follow a daring adventure, and welcome a brave new hero. This delicious tribute to the Broadway musical is written by two bestselling authors who have firsthand experience of this much-adored world.
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Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. She is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Ms. Edwards is the author of many favorite children's books, including Mandy and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles.From Booklist:
Gr. 4-6. Edwards and her daughter have teamed up to create an affectionate spoof of New York theater life featuring a cast of mice who perform in a tiny theater, located in a forgotten area of an old, once-exquisite theater built for humans. New Year's Eve is approaching and along with it the wrecking ball, leaving the mice just enough time to produce one last musical revue, Broadway Airs. When the show's star, diva Adelaide, disappears into a mouse trap and is transported to Brooklyn, the cast does its best to work around her. In the meantime, Adelaide undertakes an arduous journey back to Times Square--arriving at the theater just in time for her dramatic final number. The mice are clever and appealing without being saccharine, the local color is well done, and the show-biz jokes are sure to keep young theater buffs rolling in the aisles. With chapter titles plucked from program notes and a complete list of theater terms appended, this hilarious tale will appeal to would-be thespians everywhere. Black-and-white illustrations, not seen in galley, will be scattered through the text. Kay Weisman
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