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Life Is Like a Musical: How Broadway Can Help You Live Your Best Life

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  363 ratings  ·  102 reviews
From the author of the hit cocktail books Tequila Mockingbird and Gone with the Gin comes a guide to getting ahead in life, love, and leadership-Broadway style! Before Tim Federle became a beloved author (his award-winning novels include Better Nate Than Ever, which Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda declared as "highly recommended" in the New York Times), Tim worked in the sho ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Running Press
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Larry H
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been in love with the theater since my highly regarded performance as Sir Joseph in Marlboro Elementary School's production of HMS Pinafore . My rendition of "I Am the Monarch of the Sea" brought the house down, as much as I can remember, seeing I was in 4th grade at the time.

Growing up in New Jersey, I was fortunate enough to get to see Broadway shows fairly often, and I was persuasive enough that my parents or grandmother bought me the original cast album, which I quickly devoured an
Heidi The Reader
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Life is Like a Musical is a cute, self-helpish book, full of the wisdom Tim Federle gleaned from years of experience on the stage.

"Basically, think of this book as 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' with jazz hands." Introduction.

Tim's advice is common sense, but I appreciated it anyway. Make your weaknesses your strengths. Be nice to everybody. Pay attention. Don't try to be a perfectionist, and so on.

He pairs these nuggets with his life stories. So, it's part-memoir, part-self help.

"When Bob Fosse
Alissa H.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Theatre Kids
Shelves: netgalley
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC of this book!
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC of LIFE IS LIKE A MUSICAL at BookCon last month and, I'm going to be honest, I didn't know a thing about this book except the title and the author when I got in line for a copy. It's the author that hooked me - I read Tim Federle's GREAT AMERICAN WHATEVER last year and fell in love with his writing.

This book is listed as self-help/personal growth, which normally would have turned me away, but Tim's voice is unique and never falls into the cheesiness that I tend to associate with th
Brenda A
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
A self-help book for anyone who's ever wanted to be in a play! Surprisingly good at taking theater terms and ideas and presenting them in a way for anyone to get something out of it. And it's totally true too--theater kids find their niche and totally embrace themselves. I have a couple of theater friends and they seem to have everything figured out!

I can't attest to whether this self-help book is on the same writing plane as his previous books since I haven't read them, but on its own it defin
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a theater lover (performing and watching), I v
loved this book. It bills itself as a theater geek's version of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, which is an apt comparison. The life advice at times might seem like common sense, but is dispensed with wit and humor and a huge helping of theater trivia and magic. Creative people will enjoy this book. It seems to be especially geared towards teens but adults who love theater will enjoy this too. Expect lots of Hamilton references and more.

I received an
Lois R. Gross
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that I love Tim Federle. Several years ago, he wrote a Young Adult book called "Better Nate Than Ever," roughly based on his own life as a theatre loving pre-teen who didn't fit in his Pittsburgh town. I loved it. NO, I adored it. I knew that kid. I had been that kid. Somehow, his middle school didn't share the love because they cancelled a personal appearance of this famous alum because the book promoted values with which they didn't agree, i.e., it addressed the issue of ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I’m not much for self help books, but apparently if you wrapped it up in something ai like I can enjoy them, and I do love musical theater.

This self help/memoir was a lot of fun.
Becky Ginther
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Tim Federle's books, so I was excited to see a "self help" sort of book that sounded like I would be able to relate to it a lot. As a theater person this resonates with me. Each “chapter” is only about 3-4 pages and focuses on one single topic or idea that he learned from the theater life. There really are so many things I’ve learned from the theater life, and reading them written out just makes it feel even more real for me. There are lots of references to musicals and other examp ...more
D.G. Driver
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so delightful. I think it's a must-have for middle school and high school theater classes. It's not targeted toward young people, but the messages are so uplifting that I think young people (particularly boys) will be motivated by it. I'm a huge fan of Federle's novels, and I bought this book for my musical theater daughter as a Christmas present. Of course, I'm a Theater major myself, so it all appealed to me as well. The book is broken into small chapters, each with a different po ...more
Megan Miller
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
See, here's the thing.

This book has /strong/ self-worship vibes. Which I really really reallyreallyreally do not approve of or agree with or like.

But! He is a fabulous writer. And he stuffs some really solid life advice in here that I loved. I like the way he phrases things, I like his humor, I like his tenacity. Also, he has a lot of fun anecdotes about his experiences in theatre, interacting with some super famous people. That was cool.

So, idk. To be honest, I only bought it cause I like the t
Marie Andrews
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a massive fan of musicals, I really enjoyed this book! Tim gives 50 pieces of advice that he has learnt and discovered when he was younger and during his career. Each piece of advice is fairly short, around 2-4 pages each, which makes it an easy and quick read, or something you can pick up if you have a spare 5 minutes (or read it in one sitting which I did!!!). Most of the advice is quite generic and/or something people are regularly told but it was a great read because it was backed up with ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
'Life is Like a Musical' is a book full of theatre-based analogies for situations in life. Although I could (with a bit of artistic licence) manipulate each of the analogies to fit my own life, I felt that this book would be much better suited for someone who is in the performing arts themselves, such is the heavy focus on musicals and suchlike throughout this book. It is however certainly a fun take on a self-help book, and much easier to read than the dreary self-help books full of lectures an ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was fun diving into this self help book written by a Broadway performer and talented writer. I enjoyed the personal stories, name drops and casual mentions of musicals Tim had been in and around over the years. He kept me interested and made me think about how I truly can bring these aspects and ideals into my own life. A great read or gift for fellow fans of the Great White Way.

Thanks to NetGallery for giving me an advanced copy for a fair review.
Emily Ross
Thank you to the publishers for providing an ARC of this book through NetGalley.

I loved this book! As a theatre lover, how could I not love a theatre-themed self help book? For once, I knew all the references, which is incredibly rare for me. It was written with wit and humour and it was just incredible. While most of it seems like common sense, it is the advice you need to hear for everyday life.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun little guide/self-help book that was also basically part memoir. I thought the advice was good, and I really enjoyed all the references to theater throughout the book. Federle's anecdotes from his life as a theater performer and writer were interesting. And the chapters are all nice and short, making this a perfect book to pick up in small bites. It is also a quick read.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
So inspiring! I loved all the author's anectodes about his theatre (and not) experience, probably because I love that theatre world as well, so the "lessons" are even more useful. He explains how to apply them to every situation, though, so I'm sure it can be inspiring for everyone, not just actors or dancers.
Probably best for the 14-16 year-old crowd, but this self-help book about channeling positivity, respect and taking care of oneself and others will appeal to theatre geeks of all ages. The "I don't know what to give my drama club" sibling gift book of 2017.
Dana Grimes
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
I will read (and listen to) anything Tim Federle writes (and narrates). In this part memoir, part self-help lite, we get a taste of Tim's personality along with his good advice on life. If you're a fan of musical theater you will love this and his Nate series.

Stefani Sloma
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Really fun, quick, and brilliant. Especially great because Tim narrates it.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would love to poster my bedroom walls with every dog-eared page of this book, surrounded by framed Playbills from my favorite shows for good measure.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun self-empowerment book for theatre folks. Of course, it is applicable to the rest of the world, too. A quick read!
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listened to this on audible and it was fantastic - very heartfelt and love the Broadway references. Great advice and I’m thinking this this needs to be used for employee training / team building everywhere.
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
No offense to the author, but I just didn't need another "self-help" book in my life right now.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to this as an audio book and enjoyed hearing Tim Federle relay his experiences and advice.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Nothing really new, but he totally spoke my language... because life should be like a musical! :) Although I would have preferred the assumptions that musicals are life, instead of auditioning and performing analogies. But it was fun. And, since I realize my bias, I've tried to make my score more accurate.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful. The cover was lovely. The content--I did musical youth theatre from ages eleven to nineteen, then again at twenty, then went back into theatre as an adult at twenty-five. I do not think I am ready to do musicals as an adult, but it is a goal. I got all the references except for a few, I think, and--it's such a wonderful feeling to connect so strongly to a book. "Look, theatre nerds, especially those of you who were kids. Do you see yourselves?" "OMG YES. There, and there ...more
Emily Wrayburn
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind October 02, 2017:

Tim Federle is my people. If we’d been at school together, we would have been friends because then we would have each had someone to geek out with about musicals when no one else cared. While the advice in this book might be somewhat generic, I really enjoyed the theatre anecdotes that he used to back up his claims, a lot of the time because I could relate, having had a similar experience somewhere in my amateur theatre exp
Joshua Moneda
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been an avid reader of Tim Federle's "Better Nate Than Ever" series, and his latest YA novel "Great American Whatever". And, as a bookseller, I am hand-selling "Better Nate Than Ever" (for realsies).

Now, "Life is Like a Musical" is truly inspiring - no, enlightening. It's the bittersweet pill adults gotta swallow. Yeah, there are jargons non-musical folks wouldn't get but that doesn't diminishes the effectivity of his writing as a "self-help book". You know something's about to go down when
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was quite a different style book for me to read but living near London I've grown up going to see shows at the theatre! So this book really appealed to me, and the cover just jumped out straight away. I started this book on holiday but quickly realised that it was one that I wanted to pay more attention to, so I stopped reading and started up again when I could give it more attention. AND I LOVED IT! I read it in one sitting and loved each and every chapter. It honestly gave me some great l ...more
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Tim Federle is an award-winning writer whose works include the New York Times notable books "The Great American Whatever" and "Better Nate Than Ever," the global bestseller "Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist," and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "Tuck Everlasting."

A native of San Francisco who grew up in Pittsburgh, Tim now divides his time between New York City and the inte

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