For the Good of the Show: A Memoir

 
9781450788021: For the Good of the Show: A Memoir

Brooklyn born and raised, Peter fell in love at age seven when his mother took him to his first Broadway musical and the curtain rose on the original company of Oklahoma!. His story takes us through his maturing years at the College of William and Mary, where his passion for the theater was reinforced. Here he established enduring friendships and learned that it was kind of okay for the theater to be important to me.

He returned to New York, where he eventu- ally formed a business partnership with R. Tyler Gatchell, Jr. Their firm handled many of the most important shows of the 1970s and 80s, including No, No, Nanette; Jesus Christ Superstar; Annie; Sweeney Todd; Evita; and Cats, to name a few. As the years unfolded Peter worked with theatrical royalty: from Claudette Colbert and Ruby Keeler to Cherry Jones and Patti LuPone; Mike Nichols and Ed Harris to Janet Leigh and Jack Cassidy; Ethel Merman, Linda Lavin and Alfred Drake to Noël Coward, Lynn Fontanne, and Madeline Kahn, Judith Ivey, Martin Charnin, and many, many more always with a wry smile and a twinkle in his eye.

Peter s memoir is also the touching story of a man wrestling with his sexuality while working in the Broadway theater. After Tyler s death he found his interest in the business side waning. A new path led him closer to the heart of the Broadway community, a perfect footnote to the career of a man initially drawn to the stage by its spirit of mutual support. That gift for personal connection along with integrity, warmth, humor, and an insistence on doing his job right made him one of the most beloved and respected members of his profession. It also makes his memoir a saga of glamorous stars, laughter, soar- ing successes and humbling failures, keen insights into the world of theater, even a special Tony award. Peter s story is the inspirational tale of a man in pursuit of a lifelong passion.

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At some point, between the laughter, the tears, and the rekindling of a thousand memories, I was able to finish reading this memoir. It has to rank among the most informative, revealing, and painfully courageous books ever written about a life, the theatre, and a life in the theatre. Bravo, Peter, bravo!

Martin Charnin
Creator, lyricist, and director of Annie --From the book jacket

What I didn't know about Peter Neufeld, when I met him in New York in the early 70s, could fill a book. And now it has. This de- lightful memoir shares his incredible wit, knowledge, and humor, in a comprehensive history of his life. But mostly, it relates an unconditional love, and appreciation, for all aspects of the theatre. A must-read for novices and veterans alike.

Victor Garber
Actor --From the book jacket

Peter Neufeld knows Broadway. On stage backstage the whole magilla. If you re interested in theatre or if you just want to know more about life, you must read Peter s lively, enchanting book.

Barbara Cook
Actress --From the book jacket

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