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Contents THE VOICES FOREWORD OPENING THOUGHTS INTRODUCTION PART ONE: THE EARLY YEARS CHAPTER 1: SINGING ON THE COFFEE TABLE Not by Choice Church and Tractor A Young Passion for Music Cheerios, Indians, and Show Tunes A Special Talent CHAPTER 2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS Tickets Please Field Trip Broadway Dreaming CHAPTER 3: DON'T YOU DARE CALL MY CHILD A THESPIAN! Play Ball What's Wrong with the Family Business? Proving Parents Wrong Plan for the Future PART TWO: GETTING SETTLED CHAPTER 4: WELCOME TO GOTHAM CITY A Special City Driving into Town Taxi! Sharing the Wealth Adjusting to City Life CHAPTER 5: NEW HOME AND NEW FRIENDS Roll Out the Red Carpet Where's My Carpet? The N.Y.C. Wildlife Loving the Landlords Dealing with the Devil Leaks, Freaks, and Gregory Hines CHAPTER 6: SURVIVAL JOBS The Toilet Scrubber The Fitness Instructor Welcome To Macy's The Ice Sculpture The Telemarketer The Waiters Pebbles, Winnie, and The Count CHAPTER 7: SINGING FOR SUPPER Bar Hopping Hava Nagila All Aboard On Guard Carrots and Hamburgers Life before the Union PART THREE: TRANSITION TO STARDOM CHAPTER 8: THE AUDITION ROOM The Life The Open Call Growing Pains Destiny Calling Crossing the Atlantic Fashion Statement Cinderella Stories Truth be Told Patience Is a Virtue Weighing In PART FOUR: THE THRILL OF LIVE THEATER CHAPTER 9: TAKE TWO Unexpected Transformations Look Out Below! Unleashed Left Hanging The Rest of the Story A Bit Behind Schedule Say What? Stop the Show Dressed for Disaster Set for Disaster Broadway Carnage Unplugged CHAPTER 10: PLEASE REMAIN SEATED Breaking into Show Biz Quiet Please! Stage Door Drama Back Stage Tours Love Letters The Ultimate Payoff PART FIVE: THE SECRET LIFE CHAPTER 11: THE BROADWAY LIFESTYLE Take the Elevator to the Third Floor Call the Cleaning Lady Misconceptions A Twenty-Four Hour Job Only Human Not for the Money Moonlighting Homes of the Stars The Glamour of It All CHAPTER 12: SEX IN THE WORKPLACE The Showmance Testing Boundaries Crossing the Line They Don't Do This on Wall Street Straight Man Out CHAPTER 13: FORGET THE PICKET FENCE Courting Civilians Marrying Civilians Keeping It in the Family Flying Solo Planned Parenthood Working Parents CHAPTER 14: ROAD TRIP Fantasyland Love on the Road Seeing the Country Guns and Drugs A Big Star in Toledo, Ohio CHAPTER 15: WHAT AM I DOING HERE? Careful What You Wish For Why Aren't I Smiling? PART SIX: A NEW ERA CHAPTER 16: THE DISNEYFICATION OF BROADWAY Where Did All the Stars Go? The Death of the Gypsy The Good Old Days Britney Spears on Broadway? Another Standing Ovation The New Business Model Size Does Matter Six Flags Times Square CHAPTER 17: BROADWAY, INC. Job Security Cogs in the Machine A Company of Clones Tracked Acting on Empty Just Part of the Scenery Malpractice Playing in the Shadows Watch out Giuliani, XXX is Back Hey, My Mom's in the Audience No Acting Allowed PART SEVEN: WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE CHAPTER 18: THE BASE OF THE TONY(r) IS PLASTIC The Plastic Prize Who's the Best? How Does it Feel to be a Big Star? Where Did I Put That Thing Anyway? Tony(r) Wanna Cracker? The Trophy on the Shelf "Hello, You Have No New Messages" The Curse of the Tonys(r) A Ticket to Nowhere Making It in the New Millennium CHAPTER 19: HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW Sorry, We're Closed Onward and Upward? There is Only Square One Remember Me? Type Casting Wanted: Fresh Talent Only Don't I Get at Least Sixteen Bars? Tenure Denied A Time for Retribution CHAPTER 20: THE TIME IN BETWEEN Time for Therapy Actors Anonymous Paying the Rent Back to the Day Job At Least I'm Not Waiting Tables Has it all come Down to This? Didn't I do a Show with you on Broadway? At the End of the Day CONCLUSION [The following sections aren't really appendixes, so I took out that title] CHAPTER GUIDE THE CONTRIBUTORS AND THEIR CREDITS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Theater New York (State) New York, Actors New York (State) New York Interviews