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Noel, Tallulah, Cole, and Me: A Memoir of Broadway's Golden Age

John C. Wilson

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ISBN 10: 1442255722 / ISBN 13: 9781442255722
Verlag: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015
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An important figure during the golden age of Broadway, John C. Wilson staged such famous productions as Kiss Me, Kate and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He also worked with many of the greatest actors, playwrights, producers, and other artists from the 1920s through the 1950s, including Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Carol Channing, and Tennessee Williams. In his twenties, Wilson met Noel Coward and became both his lover and manager. Despite Wilson?s marriage to Russian princess Natalie Paley in 1937, he remained close friends with Coward until John?s death in 1961.

In Noel, Tallulah, Cole, and Me: A Memoir of Broadway?s Golden Age, producer-director Wilson provides an eye witness account of a never-to-be-seen-again period in American theatre and culture. The narrative covers Wilson?s youth, his education at Yale, his experience working in silent films, and details of his professional and personal relationship with Coward. Wilson also recounts his theatrical career on Broadway and in London, his marriage to Paley, and life within international high society. The people Wilson befriended?Tallulah Bankhead, Cecil Beaton, Claudette Colbert, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers, among others?are described with affection, candor, and colorful panache. Wilson also shares behind-the-scenes stories about such landmark theatre productions as Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Kiss Me, Kate.

Completed in 1958, just three years before his death, Wilson?s autobiography sat idle for decades. Wilson?s great nephew Jack Macauley and theatre historian Thomas Hischak have edited the original manuscript and added commentary to help guide the reader through the myriad names and productions that are mentioned. From his long-term relationship with Coward to his enduring marriage to Paley, Wilson?s life was as charmed as it was celebrated. Featuring nearly forty photos, Noel, Tallulah, Cole, and Me is an engaging account of one of the most important periods in Broadway?s history, as well as a fascinating look into the lives of the glamorous men and women of the era.

Über den Autor: Thomas S. Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the performing arts. He is the author of more than twenty books about film, popular music, and theatre, including The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, The Oxford Companion to American Theatre, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Film Composers.

Jack Macauley is the great nephew and godson of John C. Wilson and the executor of the John C. Wilson Archive. Macauley has worked extensively as a senior executive advisor in international corporate communications and corporate affairs strategy, representing individuals and companies throughout the world.

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Verlag: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Erscheinungsdatum: 2015

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