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Why Must the Show Go On?: A View From the Wings and Under the Shadows

Why Must the Show Go On?: A View From the Wings and Under the Shadows

by Eny Eny

ISBN: 9781477153116

Publisher XLIBRIS

Published in Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Humor & Entertainment

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Book Description

This celebrated tell-all, written by a show business insider and spilling the goods on celebrities such as Judy Garland, Dionne Warwick, Liberace, Tom Jones, Joan Rivers, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, to name a few, is creating bicoastal waves of semi-panic as inquiring minds breathlessly wait to read the skinny on what they have suspected and wondered about all along: there is plenty of scandal in Tinsel Town to go around, but whose is it?

This author omits nothing as the best secrets of stage, screen and the White House for the past five decades are exposed for all to discover!

Sample Chapter

 

AsMarvinembarkeduponabrilliantandunparalleledcareer,hisfamilywouldalwaysbethere.ThenighthewonthreeOscars,Max,Lilly,Teresa, andheryoungsonwereallintheaudiencewatchingwithpride.Oneofthe funniestmomentscamewhen,asMarvinmadehisthirdwalkuptothestagetoaccepthisaward,heturnedtotheaudienceanddeadpanned,“IthinkbynowIcanspeaktoyouasfriends.”Theaudiencehowledwithlaughter.SohowdoyoufollowthreeAcademyAwardsonthesamenight?

 

 

 

Well,MarvinmanagedtodothatonewithaTonyAward,followedbythe PulitzerPrizeforAChorusLine,allwhileonlyinhismidthirties.Tedwouldhearhimmusealoud,“HowdoItopthis?”Andofcourse,theanswerisyoudon’t.ButMarvinhadtocomeupwithhisownreasoning,andhedid.

 

 

 

Tedwouldalwaysenjoywatchinghisdearfriendslayonedragonafteranother, finallybecomingonlythesecondpersoninhistoryto“EGOT”atthattime,alongwithcomposerRichardRodgers.Theacronym“EGOT”referstoan Emmy,aGrammy,anOscar,andaTony,whichtogethercompriseallofthe majorentertainmentawards.WinningthePulitzerputHamlischinacategoryallbyhimself.Workwashislife,andhewasdedicatedinexcellingatit.

 

 

 

Finally,Marvinbegandatingagainafterpouringhimselfintohisworkforsolong,andloandbehold,thefirstsemilastingwaswithCaroleBayer-Sager (beforesheturnedintoanElizabethTaylorclone).Now,ifoppositesattract, thiswouldbeasurething.Carolewasandisawell-knownlyricistwhowantedtosingaswell,exceptforonesmallproblem:Shehadnosingingvoice.SheonceworkedwithPeterAllenandfellinlovewithhim,knowingfullwellthathewasnotaheterosexual.Shecarriedthattorchuntilhedied ofAIDS.Inthemeantime,shewasdatingMarvin.She,ofcourse,wantedtowintheOscars,TonyAwards,andGrammys.Marvinplayed,performed,and conductedsymphonyorchestralikenootherhasdonebeforeorsince,and Carolewantedtodothataswell.

 

 

 

 

 

ItcertainlyseemedasthougheverythingMarvindidCarolewantedtodoand

viceversa.MarvinwasaskedtoscoreandwritethethemesongforTheSpy

WhoLovedMe,thepopularJamesBondflick.HecollaboratedwithCarole forthelyrics.CarlySimonwouldgoontosingthethemesong“NoBodyDoesItBetter,”andthesongwasahugehitwithanAcademyAwardnominationforbestsongoftheyearin1977.

 

Astheirrelationshipcontinuedsodidtheirworkingtogether.NeilSimonwasthinkingofmakinga musicalofTheGingerbread LadybasedlooselyonJudyGarland.WhenSimonmetwithHamlischandSagerindividually, listeningtoeachtelltheirstoriesoneachother,hescratchedtheplansforthatmusicalanddecidedtodoafreshscriptbasedontheCaroleandMarvinrelationship.AndthatshowThey’rePlayingOurSongwasborn.Itwouldbecome MarvinssecondBroadway hit.

 

Afterwhatfeltliketoomanyyears,CaroleandMarvindecidedtopart company,bothprofessionallyandpersonally.Ted,whowasstilllivingin Baltimore,gotacallfromMarvin,wouldhepleasecometoNewYorkand helpCarolpackalongwiththeirhousekeeperShirley.Tedheededthecall and,fourhourslater,wasatMarvinsapartment.Shirleygreetedhimatthe door,rollingher eyesand indicatingwitha headtoss whichroomMarvin wasin;Carolewasdownthehallway“packing.”Inactuality,Shirleyhadalreadyaccomplishedabout90percentofthework.MarvinpersonallyaskedTedtohelpCarole,andwhenTedsteppedintogreether,hefoundherstandingat aratherlargejewelryarmoire.Shewaspickingupeachpieceofblingquite deliberatelyandstaringstraightatTed,repeatingthephrase“neveragaina composer,”asshecasuallydroppedthejeweleditemintoherpackingbox.Apparently,Caroleonlypackedjewelry,Tedreflectedinamusement.

 

MarvinonlyeverboughtthebestfromCartier,Tiffany,andHarryWinston.Once,whenTed(mindfulofthehugemarkupsatthedesignerjewelsalons)inquiredofMarvin,“Whydon’tyoubuythingsatthejewelrydistrictinNewYorkCity?”Marvinrepliedmatter-of-factly,“ThatiswhatIdidbeforeIhad money.”Severalhourslater,Ms.Bayer,herluggage,andhermanypiecesofexoticjewelrywereoutthedoor.Ayearandsomemonthslater,shebegantodatemusiccomposerBurtBacharachand,soonafter,marriedhim.Tedcouldnothelpbutmuse,somuchfor“neveragainacomposer”!

 

TedwatchedMarvinHamlischfromthewings,alwaysinaweofhisgeniusand hisunparalleledtalent.Ofalltheartistshehadwitnessedandworkedwith,hewasnowseeingtheultimatecreativesideoftheentertainmentindustry, andhelovedit.Marvindiditall,andhediditwithgraceandpanache. HecomposedmoviescoresandoriginaltitlesongsandBroadwaymusicals.Hecouldconductmajorsymphonyorchestraswith108membersflawlessly.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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