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A behind-the-scenes story with more than a touch of theatrical magic about it, A Year with The Producers is a book for actors and theater fans everywhere.
Paperback, 186 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Routledge
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Marge
Sep 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Fantastic fun, a fast read and a real backstage peek at what it was like to be with the musical THE PRODUCERS from the start of its rise to the biggest Tony winning musical in theatre history.
Mediaman
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent book, almost worthy of five stars but is a bit too short and ends too soon. Denman played multiple characters in the original Broadway production of The Producers musical and he takes readers from start to exactly a year after he auditions. He ends the book with him taking the stage as co-star understudy. All of it is well written and very interesting for those entering the theatrical profession.

The weaknesses are that he sticks to the bare bones happenings of putting the musical toget
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Grace Cole
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is totally the book for theater people, or individuals who are doing the show. I loved all of the descriptions of the audition process, and his respect for the tech people.
Kate
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A light and easy read. For anyone who wants to know what it's like to be a performer in a musical, this has the lot - from audition, rehearsals, out of town tryouts to the season itself. Rather comforting in some ways to know that, despite the stakes being as high as they are on Broadway (+ Tony, Tony, Tonyyyy) that the workers go through the same process, same anxieties, same silly backstage rituals and other stuff that happens everywhere.
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Dylan
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not an actor, nor do I live in NYC and get to see many Broadway shows. But this book made you feel like you knew the cast and were part of the experience. It is such a treat, and gave great insight into an actor's time auditioning and being in a show, and just the life of an actor in general. I wish there was a recording somewhere of Jeffrey when he went on as Leo Bloom, it would be cool to watch some of the scenes he mentioned. ...more
Ellen
Mar 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
This guy was just trying to make a buck off of his time with the producers...it is def not worth reading
Charles
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A truly exciting, well-written and unforgettable expose of how an actor contributed to and makes his way on Broadway.
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