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7.8 hrs • Nov/29/2016 • Unabridged
For all fans of John Hughes and his hit films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone, comes Jason Diamond’s hilarious memoir of growing up obsessed with the iconic filmmaker’s movies—a preoccupation that eventually convinces Diamond he should write Hughes’ biography and travel to New York City on a quest that is as funny as it is hopeless.For as long as Jason Diamond can remember, he’s been infatuated with John Hughes’ movies. From the outrageous, raunchy antics in National Lampoon’s Vacation to the teenage angst in The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink to the insanely clever and unforgettable Home Alone, Jason could not get enough of Hughes’ films. And so the seed was planted in his mind that it should fall to him to write a biography of his favorite filmmaker. It didn’t matter to Jason that he had no qualifications, training, background, platform, or direction. Thus went the years-long, delusional, earnest, and assiduous quest to reach his goal. But no book came out of these years, and no book will. What he did get was a story that fills the pages of this unconventional, hilarious memoir. In Searching for John Hughes, Jason tells how a Jewish kid from a broken home in a Chicago suburb—sometimes homeless, always restless—found comfort and connection in the likewise broken lives in the suburban Chicago of John Hughes’ oeuvre. He moved to New York to become a writer. He started to write a book he had no business writing. In the meantime, he brewed coffee and guarded cupcake cafes. All the while, he watched John Hughes movies religiously.Though his original biography of Hughes has long since been abandoned, Jason has discovered he is a writer through and through. And the adversity of going for broke has now been transformed into wisdom. Or, at least, a really, really good story. In other words, this is a memoir of growing up. One part big dream, one part big failure, one part John Hughes movies, one part Chicago, and one part New York. It’s a story of what comes after the “Go for it!” part of the command to young creatives to pursue their dreams—no matter how absurd they might seem at first.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD11.7 hrs • Sep/13/2016 • Unabridged
From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Literature like a Professor comes an indispensable analysis of our most celebrated medium, film.No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying as film. When the house lights go down and the lion roars, we settle in to be shocked, frightened, elated, moved, and thrilled. We expect magic. While we’re being exhilarated and terrified, our minds are also processing data of all sorts—visual, linguistic, auditory, spatial—to collaborate in the construction of meaning.Thomas C. Foster’s Reading the Silver Screen will show movie buffs, students of film, and even aspiring screenwriters and directors how to transition from merely being viewers to becoming accomplished readers of this great medium. Beginning with the grammar of film, Foster demonstrates how every art form has a grammar, a set of practices and if-then propositions that amount to rules. He goes on to explain how the language of film enables movies to communicate the purpose behind their stories and the messages they are striving to convey to audiences by following and occasionally breaking these rules.Using the investigative approach readers love in How to Read Literature like a Professor, Foster examines this grammar of film through various classic and current movies both foreign and domestic, with special recourse to the “AFI 100 Years-100 Movies” lists. The categories are idiosyncratic yet revealing. In Reading the Silver Screen, readers will gain the expertise and confidence to glean all they can from the movies they love.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD6.0 hrs • Sep/01/2016
One of the top entertainers of the twentieth century, Frank Sinatra, stars in fourteen broadcasts from the golden age of radio.Although “Ol’ Blue Eyes” would conquer records, film, and television, it was radio that first made Frank Sinatra a star. Spanning the years 1943 to 1954, this collection showcases Sinatra from such shows as Suspense, The Frank Sinatra Show, The Jack Benny Program, The Burns and Allen Show, and more. Included is the final episode of Sinatra’s action/detective series, Rocky Fortune, a low-budget radio series that he decided not to continue after winning his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in From Here to Eternity.Enjoy these fourteen radio broadcasts from eleven different radio series starring one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Frank Sinatra.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental4.8 hrs • Aug/30/2016 • Unabridged
Television and TV viewing are not what they once were—and that’s a good thing, according to award-winning author and critic Clive James. Since serving as television columnist for the London Observer from 1972 to 1982, James has witnessed a radical change in content, format, and programming, and in the very manner in which television is watched. Here he examines this unique cultural revolution, providing a brilliant, eminently entertaining analysis of many of the medium’s most notable twenty-first-century accomplishments and their not-always-subtle impact on modern society—including such acclaimed serial dramas as Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Mad Men, and The Sopranos, as well as the comedy 30 Rock.With intelligence and wit, James explores a television landscape expanded by cable and broadband and profoundly altered by the advent of Netflix, Amazon, and other “cord-cutting” platforms that have helped to usher in a golden age of unabashed binge-watching.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental9.9 hrs • Aug/09/2016 • Audio Theater
The award-winning and critically acclaimed Wireless Theatre Company strives to keep radio theater alive and well. From the hilarious to the terrifying, this diverse collection features ten Wireless Theatre productions in a single volume:We Are the BBC by Susan Casanove, directed by Jack BowmanRob Sterling Davies is on the crest of a wave: a celebrated scriptwriter, actor, television personality, the new doyen of Just a Minute, and apparently, Stephen Fry’s new best friend. But all isn’t quite as it seems, and when Stephen discovers that Rob’s BAFTA-winning script was stolen, he undertakes to expose Rob for the fraud he is.We Are the BBC is the follow-up to the hugely popular 2011 hit We Are Not the BBC, and features Nicholas Parsons and Stephen Fry as themselves.We Are Not the BBC by Susan Casanove, directed by Jack BowmanA light-hearted look at the radio drama production process as seen by the members of an amateur dramatics society in a sleepy suburb of SwanseaIt can’t be difficult to make your own play for radio, can’t it? And with a LAMDA-trained professional actor at the helm, surely nothing could go wrong? After their attempt at Mike Leigh–inspired improvisation doesn’t exactly produce satisfactory results, things start to look up when a visiting celebrity agrees to step in and play the lead role.No Cause for Alarm by Gareth RubinNo Cause for Alarm is a silly play.It has no comment to make about the human condition, love in the twenty-first century, or the Iraq war.Stage Fright by Lynn Howes, directed by Emma TaylorA savagely funny satire on celebrity and theater that garnered five-star reviews at its world premiere, Stage Fright charts the struggle for supremacy between three actors appearing in a play together: old friends Peter and Charles, and Geraldine, the young and vulnerable actress they have befriended.As opening night approaches, it becomes apparent that Geraldine is not who she appears to be, and the friends must fight to salvage their pride, their identity, and their reputations in this thought-provoking tragicomedy.The Mighty Carlins by Collin Doyle, directed by Paul BlinkhornOn the anniversary of his wife’s death, Leo Carlin and his two sons come together for their traditional night of sharing the good and not so good memories of the dearly departed Mrs. Carlin. Beers are drunk. Plans are hatched. Secrets are revealed.The Mighty Carlins is a black comedy that celebrates a family at its worst.Blood and Stone by Marty Ross, directed by Mariele Runacre TempleBased on the true story of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, perhaps one of the greatest mass murderers of all time, a woman who tortured and killed over 600 young women for their bloodToo noble to be executed, in 1610 the “Bloody Lady of Cachtice” was bricked up in a set of rooms in her own castle in Slovakia. Why then should the young and beautiful Katya be at the castle door attracting the close attention of the gaoler and wanting a job looking after the countess? Is it revenge, or some more ghostly visit from Bathory’s past? And if she should help her escape …The St. Valentine’s Day Murder written and directed by Peter DavisIt’s Valentine’s Day, but events turn less than romantic when one of the members of a dating site is murdered. Can detective Jean-Pierre LePoulet find the killer?Recorded in front of an audience at the New Diorama Theatre, the show received rave reviews.Laying Ghosts by Clare Reddaway, directed by Emily WrightWhen Connie’s beloved husband Jack dies after twenty-seven years of marriage, Connie hopes that her only son, Gary, will console her. Gary, however, finds that level of commitment a bit, well, too much of a commitment. Connie is left with interfering neighbor Val until Gary’s girlfriend Sandra rings with some unexpected news.This sets Connie on a journey from a village in the Midlands to Hackney and eventually to Ghana as she finds a way to come to terms with her grief and to forge new friendships and a new life.Emails from Abroad by Julia Messenger and Shirley MawerA play based on travels abroad relayed by emails between the ingenuous first-time traveler and her disillusioned home-bound sisterIt culminates in their role-reversal, with the possibility of closure, a tragic end, or a new beginning.The Trial of Sherlock Holmes by Peter Davis and Matthew WoodcockSherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest consulting detective, is on trial for his life!Trapped in a nightmarish court room and charged with endangering the public and his friends, Holmes is forced to relive some of his most bizarre cases with only Doctor Watson to aid his defense.Gasp at the “Adventure of the Lizard’s Hands”! Work your brain into a frenzy of confusion as our heroes uncover the mystery of a dead man found in the middle of Regent Street! Steady your nerves as you bear witness to some snakes! On a train!But is all this evidence enough to satisfy a mysterious judge with a vendetta against our hero?Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental8.9 hrs • Jun/28/2016 • Audio Theater
The award-winning and critically acclaimed Wireless Theatre Company strives to keep radio theater alive and well. From the hilarious to the terrifying, this diverse collection features ten Wireless Theatre productions in a single volume: Spook Squad by Jim Spiers, directed by Jack BowmanIn this hilarious British comedy, a mismatched bunch of oddballs and geeks, along with a borderline-psychotic television presenter, venture to a haunted inn in England to record the first-ever episode of Spook Squad—a groundbreaking television show investigating the bizarre, the mysterious, and the supernatural.2010: Space Commander! by Stuart Price, directed by David BeckSince our bodies cannot genuinely explore space, why not get rid of them?Without wanting to trot out the already tired clichés about social networking sites being our main interaction or point out that, with gaming systems becoming so sophisticated, the next generation will spend an overwhelming amount of time interacting through the Internet, it seems obvious to us that we are already heading for a “body-free” future. At first it seems awful, but when you think about it, it could provide many benefits once we get used to it.Dream On by Paul Ekert, directed by Tom BrazierRobert is having a dream about his dead ex-wife. The next night, there she is again, hauntingly familiar in the full personification of her monstrous personality. His current wife is unamused by his nocturnal flirtation with the dead past.As dreams and reality begin to overlap, Robert begins a desperate hunt to find out why this is happening. Is he really losing his mind?The Grimm of Stottesden Hall, written and directed by Stuart PriceBased on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, The Grimm of Stottesden Hall takes listeners on a journey of madness, terror, and gruesome murder!Phonophobia by Jack Bowman and Robert Valentine, directed by Tom BrazierBlighted by phonophobia, a history student takes refuge from the London din in a quiet bookshop off Charing Cross Road. There he makes a chance discovery: an old scrap of paper hidden in a dusty book. On that scrap is a code hiding a lost musical score—the last work of the evil Anton Valderberg Drache! With Halloween approaching, the student races to unlock the mystery, unaware of the supernatural powers he is about to unleash.Medusa on the Beach by Marty RossBiddlecombe is a perfectly ordinary English seaside town—except everyone there has been turned to stone.Two seriously out-of-their-depth police officers uncover the strange truth of what happened when middle-aged and romantically disappointed hairdresser Marjorie Briggs finds something in a polythene bag on the beach that didn’t belong there—something ancient and terrible with the power to seriously muck up the lives of Marjorie and all those she loves and hates.The Youth of Old Age, written and directed by Stuart PriceWickedly acerbic, The Youth of Old Age shows acclaimed British actor Prunella Scales at her dragon-tongued best. As the story’s matriarch, she’s determined to prevent her heir from marrying “out of sorts.” You’d be mad not to listen to this wicked comedy.Devon Girl by Zalie Burrow, directed by Cherry CooksonHave you ever wondered what life would be like as a young woman running a farm? Sally Anne Criplett is just that girl.Living with her mole-obsessed, gun-happy, cider-drinking father, Sally has her work cut out. But with the love of local farm boy Johnny Hutchins and their mutual passion for Elvis and farm machinery, life can be full of frolics.Devon Girl is a light-hearted look at farming with a fair sprinkling of colorful locals, such as the adorable best friend Mary, an imposing lesbian vicar, and local irresistible calf dealer Richard Sucksmith.Radio Hoohah, written and directed by Octavia MacKenzie and Ashley McGuireToday on Radio Hoohah:In My Mind delves into the thoughts of Leonora Velvety Constable-Wheeler and her passion for pugs, Shakespeare, and taking her clothes off when she totally doesn’t realize it.Popular soap opera The Burgers has a few surprises in store when Mrs. White slips on some conditioner in the hairdresser’s.What’s New has an exclusive look into Dorothy Ahlwhala’s latest novel, Raspberry Ripple, Iron Hoof; the latest theater and music releases; and a political hot potato: globalization.Angels in the Dark, written and directed by Susan CasanoveRoger Benezoscee is the worst boss you’ve ever had. What could possibly force this obnoxious, egotistical old megalomaniac to change his ways? Nothing short of a Damascene conversion.This innovative mystery stars Kim Durham (Matt Crawford in The Archers). Fans of anagrams may ponder the significance of the character names: Roger Benezoscee, Cath Crobbit, Seth Treave, and Leymar.Angels in the Dark—a radio play set in total darkness—was inspired by Dialogue in the Dark, the international exhibition in which small groups of people are escorted around a series of darkened rooms by a blind guide. For the full experience, we suggest you listen in the dark too!Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental10.5 hrs • May/30/2016 • Unabridged
From Archibald MacLeish to David Sedaris, radio storytelling has long borrowed from the world of literature, yet the narrative radio work of well-known writers and others is a story that has not been told before. And when the literary aspects of specific programs such as The War of the Worlds or Sorry, Wrong Number were considered, scrutiny was superficial.In Lost Sound, Jeff Porter examines the vital interplay between acoustic techniques and modernist practices in the growth of radio. Concentrating on the 1930s through the 1970s, but also speaking to the rising popularity of today’s narrative broadcasts such as This American Life, Radiolab, Serial, and The Organist, Porter’s close readings of key radio programs show how writers adapted literary techniques to an acoustic medium with great effect. Addressing avant-garde sound poetry and experimental literature on the air, alongside industry policy and network economics, Porter identifies the ways radio challenged the conventional distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow cultural content to produce a dynamic popular culture.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental5.9 hrs • Apr/01/2016 • Audio Theater
Rogue’s Gallery was an old-time radio program starring Dick Powell as Richard Rogue, a private detective who trailed luscious blondes, protected witnesses, and did whatever else detectives do to make a living. What set this show apart from others in the genre was that midway through every episode, Rogue would invariably end up getting knocked out and spending his dream-time in acerbic conversation on Cloud 8 with his subconscious self—named Eugor—“Rogue” spelled backwards. The presence of the alter ego served to give Rogue enough information for his final deduction. Eugor would appear cackling like the host of The Hermit’s Cave while imparting some vital information our hero had overlooked. Rogue would then awaken with a vague idea of what to do next. Directed by Dee Englebach, with music by Leith Stevens, Rogue’s Gallery employed radio’s best supporting actors including: Lou Merrill, Gerald Mohr, Gloria Blondell, Tony Barrett, Lurene Tuttle, and Peter Leeds. Dick Powell left the series in 1946 and would later star in Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Rogue’s Gallery continued on until 1952 starring Barry Sullivan and later Paul Stewart.Rogue’s Gallery, Vol. 1 features the following twelve episodes:“Blondes Prefer Gentlemen” (10/18/1945)“Murder with Muriel” (10/25/1945)“Little Drops of Rain” (11/8/1945)“Lovely Little Old Lady” (11/29/1945)“Triangle of Death” (2/21/1946)“A Fortune in Furs” (12/20/1945)“The Stark McVey Case” a.k.a. “Murder at Minden” (1/3/1946)“The Pamela Leeds Case” a.k.a. “A Will in Question” (1/17/1946)“Carlotta, the Magnificent” a.k.a. “Special Added Attraction” (1/31/1946)“Death House Legacy” (4/4/1946)“The Star of Savoy” (6/23/1946)“Cabin on a Lake” (7/7/1946)Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental1.9 hrs • Mar/15/2016 • Audio Theater
Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of Pericles, Shakespeare’s first romance. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen.Pericles, Prince of Tyre, sets out to woo a princess and sails headlong into harrowing adventure. Pursued by an evil king, Pericles is blown from port to exotic port. Along the way, he finds the love of his life, then loses her and their infant daughter in a storm-tossed sea.Happily, this is a romance—Shakespeare’s first—where, in true storybook fashion, miracles reunite the lost with those who love them, bringing joy and safe harbor at last.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental5.8 hrs • Mar/01/2016 • Audio Theater
Candy Matson was no girl detective … she was all woman. Candy Matson was a response to all the hard-boiled detectives on the radio like Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Pat Novak, and all those other detectives who were beaten up on a regular basis. Candy, played by Natalie Park, was hard-boiled in her own way. She never compromised her femininity but she did know how to use a gun and didn’t hesitate to use it when it was necessary. She didn’t take any guff from the guys—the good guys or the bad guys. With a snappy comeback, she could take anybody’s head off. Candy was fearless, never hesitating to go wherever she needed to solve a case from the lowest dive to the classiest nightclub. Candy worked hard to get her goon. Men orbited around her like she was the sun. Her best friend and partner in detection was Rembrandt Watson, a flamboyant photographer. All private detectives need a police detective foil and, in Candy’s case, that was Lt. Ray Mallard. It didn’t hurt that Mallard was easy on the eyes (plus she and the good detective dated). Candy Matson aired on NBC from 1949 until 1951 and was a regional success. Natalie Park Masters starred as Candy, and her husband, Monty Masters, wrote the show.Episodes included are: “Donna Dunham Case,” “The Fort Ord Story,” “The Devil in the Deep Freeze,” “Jack Frost,” “Insurance Crash,” “Eric Spaulding Concert,” “Symphony of Death,” “The Movie Company,” “The Egyptian Amulet,” “San Juan Bautista,” “Candy’s Last Case,” and “Fortune Teller.”Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental5.9 hrs • Mar/01/2016 • Audio Theater
The first volume of the perennial favorite sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie & HarrietOzzie Nelson was Red Skelton’s bandleader on the populare radio series The Red Skelton Show. Ozzie’s wife, Harriet Hilliard, was Skelton’s singer. When Skelton was drafted in March of 1944, Ozzie was prompted to create his own family sitcom radio series. The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet launched on CBS Radio October 8, 1944, making a mid-season switch to NBC in 1949. It starred Ozzie as the head of the Nelson household that included his wife, Harriet, and their two boys, David and Ricky. Each week, the Nelsons found themselves in another amusing situation, much to the delight of the listeners. In 1952, Ozzie brought The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet to ABC television, attracting an even larger audience, becoming synonymous with the ideal of 1950s American family life. Bowing out in 1966, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet became the longest-running live-action sitcom in US television history.Episodes included are: “The Fight,” “Exaggeration Troubles,” “Haunted House,” “Ozzie Is in a Rut,” “The Boy’s Night Out,” “Worrying about Worrying,” “New Radio Phonograph,” “New Year’s Resolution,” “Card Tricks,” “Night Game,” “The Compliment,” and “Have a Cigar.”Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental5.9 hrs • Jan/01/2016 • Audio Theater
Broadway Is My Beat was a dark, gritty radio crime drama that ran on CBS from 1949 until 1954. The series was originally broadcast from New York with Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Police Detective Danny Clover. Produced by Lester Gottlieb, it was directed by John Dietz. But by the thirteenth episode, the series moved to Hollywood (still set in NYC) with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin (the duo that would later write and develop TV’s popular secret-agent series I Spy). The re-creation of Manhattan’s rich, aural tapestry required the talents of three sound effects artists. The opening theme of “I’ll Take Manhattan” introduced Detective Danny Clover (now played by Larry Thor) as a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide “from Times Square to Columbus Circle—the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world.” Clover narrated tales of the Great White Way to the music of Wilbur Hatch and Alexander Courage. Episodes included: CD 1: The Val Dane Murder Case 8/25/49 • The Henry Baker Murder Case 12/17/49CD 2: The Lt. Jimmy Hunt Murder Case 2/3/50 • The Julie Dixon Murder Case 2/10/50CD 3: The Dion Hartley Murder Case 2/17/50 • The Hope Anderson Murder Case 3/31/50CD 4: The Morris Bernstein Murder Case 6/16/50 • The Stephen Courtney Murder Case 6/23/50CD 5: The Celia Jordan Murder Case 7/24/50 • The Mary Dimming Murder Case 8/14/50CD 6: The Tom and Alice Corey Suicide Pact 8/21/50 • The Helen Carrol Murder Case 10/13/50Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental4.8 hrs • Dec/15/2015 • Audio Theater
Union Signal is Jeff Ward and Doug Bost. From their ruined garage, they’ve been producing radio plays that have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, and Bavarian State Radio, as well as on local public radio stations across the country and on Joe Bevilacqua’s The Comedy-O-Rama Hour in its first XM Radio incarnation. Their plays have won awards with the BBC and the Midwest Radio Theater Workshop, as well as the Mark Time Award and the Charles Ogle Award. As members of the comedy group Euphobia, Jeff and Doug also write and produce audio sketches that are hilariously short. The Union Signal Radio Theater Collection features ten of Jeff and Doug’s best productions: CD 1 • Dead Man’s Hole (Tracks 1-11) • The Toad (Tracks 12-20) CD2 • December 17 (Tracks 1-9) • Georgia and the Bad Idea (Tracks 10-15) • The Dan (Tracks 16-23) CD 3 • Roadkill (Tracks 1-9) • Dorcus (Tracks 10-12) • October Surprise (Tracks 13-15) • Mallets Aforethought (Tracks 16-21) • A Study in Wax, part 1 (Tracks 22-25) CD 4 • A Study in Wax, part 2 (Tracks 1-4) • Jeff Ward and Doug Bost Interview on “The Joe Bev Experience” (Tracks 5-24) Doug Bost is a writer living in Brooklyn. His screenplays include Diminished Capacity, Kubuku Rides (This Is It), Focus Group, and Policy of Truth. His radio plays include Dead Man’s Hole, Roadkill, The Dan, and The Bride in the Box. His short stories have been heard on station KCRW’s Unfictional. Jeff Ward writes radio plays and musicals. He is the author of December 17, The Toad, Georgia, and the hard-hitting, impeccably researched documentaries Dorcus and October Surprise. He wrote the musical Take One and has written jokes for SNL’s Weekend Update. Waterlogg Productions is a full service audio/video entertainment company, founded in 2002 by husband and wife creative duo Joe Bevilacqua & Lorie Kellogg. They are the proud distributors of Union Signal, whose plays have graced Joe Bev’s The Comedy-O-Ram in its XM Radio incarnation. Together, Joe and Lorie have been responsible for over 150 titles distributed exclusively by Blackstone Audio. Check out their website at www.Waterlogg.com.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental5.0 hrs • Dec/01/2015 • Unabridged
We Bombed in New London tells the true story of one man’s tenacious plight to get his musical mounted. From its romantic inception to its eventual demise and then the score’s resurrection in cabarets and recordings, this book takes you on a journey through the ups and downs of the theatrical world with all its excitement, disappointment, laughter and hope.Packed with memorabilia, this book documents composer/lyricist Brian Gari’s minute-by-minute development of his musical. Fortunately, he saved every scrap of paper, tape, and calendar to account accurately for why and when certain steps were taken that eventually led to the sad dissolution of this promising musical.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental4.9 hrs • Oct/13/2015 • Unabridged
This is a practical storytelling guide from comedian, winner of multiple Moth storytelling competitions, and founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade storytelling program Margot Leitman. Did you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Storytelling teacher and champion Margot Leitman will show you how! With a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, this guide breaks a story into concrete components with ways to improve content, structure, emotional impact, and delivery through personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital Rental16.7 hrs • Oct/06/2015 • Unabridged
Razzle Dazzle is a provocative, no-holds-barred narrative account of the people, money, and power that reinvented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way—and bringing a crippled New York from the brink of bankruptcy to its glittering glory.In the 1970s Times Square was the seedy symbol of New York’s economic decline. Its once shining star, the renowned Shubert Organization, was losing theaters to make way for parking lots. Bernard Jacobs and Jerry Schoenfeld, two ambitious board members, saw the crumbling company was ripe for takeover and staged a coup amid corporate intrigue, personal betrayals, and criminal investigations. Once Jacobs and Schoenfeld solidified their power, they turned a collapsed theater-owning holding company into one of the most successful entertainment empires in the world, ultimately backing many of Broadway’s biggest hits, including A Chorus Line, Cats, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia! They also sparked the revitalization of Broadway and the renewal of Times Square.With wit and passion, Michael Riedel tells the stories of the Shubert Organization and the shows that rebuilt a city in grand style, revealing backstage drama that often rivaled what transpired onstage, exposing bitter rivalries, unlikely alliances, and of course, scintillating gossip.Available Formats: Download, MP3 CD, Digital RentalLoading more titles...
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