Finding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story

Finding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story

by Rick Elice

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Overview

Rick Elice, author of Jersey Boys, Addams Family, and Peter and the Starcatcher for Broadway, has penned a heartbreaking memoir of his 34 years with the inimitable Roger Rees. Some may recognize Roger as Nicholas Nickleby and others will know him as Kirstie Alley's boyfriend on Cheers. When he died of brain cancer in 2015, Broadway dimmed all the lights in his honor — a true stage legend. Pulled straight from Rick's enormous and broken heart, Finding Roger will touch everyone who reads it. It's a story of profound loss — but also a love story for the ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484785744
Publisher: Kingswell
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rick Elice saw his first Broadway show when he was three. His mother said he was very well behaved. That night he dreamed of working in the theater. And since the age of nineteen he has. Along with Marshall Brickman he wrote Jersey Boys which won the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier awards for Best Musical. Other musicals include Turn of the Century and The Addams Family. He has a BA from Cornell, an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and was a teach fellow at Harvard while a charter member of the American Repertory Theater. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

A Sabbath Speech / June 5, 2015 1

There Is No Cure / July 3, 2015 9

A Bit of Context / July 8, 2015 13

On This Day / July 9, 2015 17

The Important People to Roger Rees / July 10, 2015 24

Curtain Call / July 11, 2015 36

Eulogy, Michael Elice / July 13, 2015 38

Eulogy, Rick Elice / July 13, 2015 40

Nothing Gold Can Stay / July 14, 2015 45

Dimming the Lights / July 16, 2015 50

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 52

Words of Wisdom / July 17, 2015 56

A Speech at Roger's Memorial, Marshall Brickman 59

Why Can't I Dream? / July 20, 2015 61

Twenty-Nine-Hour Week / July 21, 2015 65

Pastures Green / July 22, 2015 68

Save the Date / July 25, 2015 75

A Speech at Roger's Memorial, John Caird 79

A Mother's Journey / July 27, 2015 81

The Three Sisters Return / July 29, 2015 96

A Speech at Roger's Memorial, Finty Williams 106

Even as a Tree / August 1, 2015 107

A Speech at Roger's Memorial, Nancy Coyne 136

Starcatcher of Williamstown / August 4, 2015 139

David Garrick / August 7, 2015 147

Hiraeth / August 10, 2015 152

From Scenery to Stage / August 13, 2015 161

One Little Year / August 17, 2015 174

A Speech at Roger's Memorial, Terrence McNally 181

The Favorite Stage Fight / August 21, 2015 184

A Muse of Fire / August 26, 2015 190

A Speech at Roger's Memorial, Rick Elice 203

Yahrzeit / September 23, 2015 211

Appendix: Remembering Roger 229

Roger Rees, a Resume 246

Acknowledgments 250

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