It seems like gossip, juicy details and backstage stories are the ones that get the most attention. Think about it. A popular network tv show exists actually called OMG! with an explanation point, no less.
Tantalizing tidbits about stars, who oftentimes behave badly, are nothing new. Before The Insider, Access Hollywood, and the aforementioned OMG-explanation point, in the land beyond Facebook and Twitter, during a time when people seemed to be more civilized, the truth is, that they really weren't. They just dressed classier and their stories were well protected...until now.
If you love theatre lore and gossip, the newly published Backstage Pass to Broadway should be on your must read list. Written by someone who ought to know, theatre publicist Susan L. Schulman, who represented and handled these stars, has finally pulled back the curtain and broken her silence.
The recounting begins when Susan was just a cub publicist and although very young and green, was requested to be the one to handle a famous star at the time. Schulman has the inside scoop on the great tales and peculiarities of household names of that era. She shares her adventures working with Mary Martin, George C. Scott, Lauren Bacall, Bob Fosse, Lesley Ann Warren, and many more.
I asked Susan, what has changed since her early days wrangling talent. "Some things have changed for the better," Susan told me. "There is less blatant sexism backstage and Times Square is a lot cleaner now. Some things are the same -- stars are stars and always will be."
In Backstage Pass to Broadway, you'll learn about the stars' nastiness, hijinks and even in some cases, their enduring grace.