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The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Dear Friends,

Today rather than recommend a play, we are going to tell you about a marvelous book called The Nazi Officer’s Wife.

It is a terrific read that tells the story of a young Jewish woman.  It is the story of her life in Vienna just before Hilter came to power through the end of the Second World War.

This book takes you on her journey—as a young woman at university to the slow demoralization and loss of everything familiar to her—including her family—as Hilter escalated his anti-Semitic laws in Germany, Austria, and conquered countries.

Even if you are not interested in WWII, this is an amazing tale about one woman’s journey and struggle to survive against all odds.

You can order it from Amazon by clicking on this link.

Best regards—and reading!
Philip & Marilyn

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An American Theatre

Dear Friends,

Today we want to tell you about a book that we absolutely love!

It’s called An American Theatre: The Story of the Westport Country Playhouse by Richard Somerset-Ward.  It has a forward by Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

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We are absolutely amazed by this book because it has thousands of details about the Westport Country Playhouse.  We cannot imagine how anyone could have found so many events that happened over a 70-year period!  It even tells a story about how one certain Philip Langner forgot his lines in The Girl of the Golden West, which starred June Havoc!

While we certainly have an emotional tie to the Westport Country Playhouse, we think that anyone interested in theatre or theatre history will appreciate how detailed this book is about the story of summer theatre from the second oldest summer playhouse in the country.

You can order your copy from Amazon.

Westport was wonderful—the most fun we’ve ever had!

Also if you’re interested in visiting the Playhouse this summer, here is their list of shows:

The Invisible Hand (July 19-August 6)

What the Butler Saw (August 23-Sepember 10)

Camelot (October 4-10)

Click here to order tickets!

Happy summer theatre-ing!

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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The Secret Life of the American Musical

Dear Friends,

We wanted to tell you today about a wonderful book that we’ve read about in The Washington Post.

The book is called THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Vietal.

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According to The Post:

Viertel offers such examples throughout, making related but different points. His close analysis of craft doubles nicely as an account of the American musical’s evolution over the past century.

We know Jack—and have worked with him on plays in the past.  His backstage anecdotes are what really bring this book to life!

It is currently on sale at Amazon.  If you love Broadway musicals or Broadway history, then we think that this is a book you will absolutely love!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Book Update

Dear Friends,

Back in July, we told you about a book coming out this October written by dear family friend, John C. Wilson called Noah, Tallulah, Cole and Me: A Memoir Of Broadway’s Golden Age.

It’s getting rave reviews and has nearly sold out on Amazon!  It really is quite spectacular—and something that everyone who loves Broadway should read!

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One reviewer commented:

Readers of Broadway history might well remember the name John C. Wilson: longtime manager, gatekeeper and comrade of Noël Coward; producer of plays with Gertie, Kit, Tallulah and the Lunts, as well as Olivier and Gielgud; and director, within a year, of the original “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Little has been known of Jack Wilson until now, with the discovery of his unpublished and forgotten 1958 autobiography, “Noël, Tallulah, Cole, and Me.” Thomas Hischak has put the pages in order and filled in the gaps, resulting in an absorbing and fascinating description of thirty years of Broadway and West End history, guided by an unassuming fellow from Trenton who was thrilled and surprised to be in the center of it all.

—Steven Suskin, author of Show Tunes and The Sound of Broadway Music

You can go online and order from Amazon—but hurry before they run out! With the holidays around the corner, it would also make a fantastic gift for the Broadway lover in your life!

 —The Theatre Guild

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The Blue Angel

Last weekend, Marilyn and I watched a fabulous classic film: The Blue Angel starring Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings produced in 1930.  The story follows an older professor, Jannings, as his life takes a downward twist when he falls in love with a nightclub singer (Dietrich).

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A bit of trivia (courtesy of IMBD): even though many women were considered for the role of Lola, the director (Josef von Sternberg) said that he hired Dietrich because of the “bored, world-weary attitude” she displayed in her audition, which was attributed to the fact that she assumed she was never going to get the part.

If you’re looking for a classic to watch this holiday weekend, brush up on your German because this would be a fabulous pick (just kidding—there are subtitles and even an English version, if you are so inclined!).   You can rent it from Amazon or Netflix.

It’s a great and fascinating film!

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Holiday Shopping Made Easy!

I’m not sure about you, but we just can’t believe that Christmas is right around the corner! And with every passing moment, the season gets busier and busier.

If you’re finding yourself running low on time and energy to face all the shopping crowds, let Amazon do all the work for you! And if you’re looking for unique gifts for the theatre lover in your life (and even better if it’s you!), check out our Amazon store!

http://astore.amazon.com/thethegui0b-20

The greatest Christmas present we think is the Gene Kelly movie 4 pack—four great Gene Kelly movies—On The Town/For Me & My Gal/Summer Stock/Invitation to The Dance—and it’s currently on sale for $11.39!!

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Happy holidays from our house to yours!

Philip & Marilyn

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Family Movie Time

Looking for something fun to watch over the holidays that isn’t a holiday movie?  We’d like to suggest On The Town.  As you know from a prior article, On The Town, it is currently playing on Broadway.  But if you can’t make it, you can always get it on Amazon, starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra!  We found you both the single DVD—or Amazon offers a Gene Kelly/Frank Sinatra Collection of On The Town, Anchors Away, and Take Me out to the Ballgame.

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We strongly recommend getting the collection because Gene Kelly is quite simply one of the greatest dancers we’ve ever seen!

Great classics to add to your collection!

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The Magic Curtain

The Magic Curtain is the autobiography of my father, Lawrence Langner, founder of The Theatre Guild. It is filled with great stories about the theatre, his life, the world as he saw it, and of course, there are tons of pictures!

We found it recently on Amazon (of course—you can find everything there!) and I thought I’d pass along the link (click on the book below), if you were interested!

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