American Theatre Wing, An Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles

American Theatre Wing, An Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles


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Celebrating the 100 years of the American Theatre Wing, this book is a fascinating cornucopia of untold lore and never-before-seen photos as prismatic and unexpected as the theater itself.

In 1943, a wounded soldier aided by a cane limped into the Stage Door Canteen, the American Theatre Wing’s fabled New York club created to entertain the allied forces. Two hours later, he was said to have left with a spring in his step—and without the cane. This “miracle” is just one of many recounted in the lavish book The American Theatre Wing, an Oral History: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles.

The other miracles are more commonplace, if no less remarkable, told by the impassioned artists and theater advocates who created and sustained this preeminent theatrical organization, including Angela Lansbury, Rosie O’Donnell, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Harold Prince, Kenny Leon, Neil Patrick Harris, David Henry Hwang, Harvey Fierstein, and James Corden. These oral histories trace the American Theatre Wing’s dedication to supporting and fostering American theater and the burgeoning and veteran artists in their stories—from Broadway, Off Broadway, and regional theater.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513261461
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 742,689
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 12.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patrick Pacheco is a journalist and Emmy-winning commentator whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Pacheco contributed to the 2005 Broadway musical Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, and co-wrote with Maria Cassi the play My Life with Men...and Other Animals. He also wrote the 2010 Disney documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty. He appears on NY1’s On Stage and Public Television's Theater Talk.

Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury is a British-American-Irish actress who has appeared in theater, television, and film, as well as a producer, voice actress, and singer. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it in the United States, and her work has attracted international attention.

Roseann O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, a lesbian rights activist, and a television producer.

Table of Contents


FOREWORD: Their Finest Hour by Angela Lansbury

PREFACE: Sanctuary in a Velvet Seat by Rosie O’Donnell

CHAPTER I — Origins and History: Answering the Call by Dale Cendali; Voices of World War I; Voices of World War II; Sacrifice and Succor: The Stage Door Canteen and the Morale Builders; The Bold Women of the American Theatre Wing by Patrick Pacheco

CHAPTER II — Education: Opening Doors by Allison Considine; Voices: Manna from Heaven; Working in the Theatre, Excerpts and Oral History; The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative: Schooling the Next Generation by Patrick Pacheco

CHAPTER II — Community: When Your Story Becomes Our Story by David Henry Hwang; Voices: Out of Many, One.; Harvey Fierstein, the Tony, and Not Just for Gays by Patrick Pacheco

CHAPTER IV — Excellence: A Place in the Sun by Kenny Leon; Voices: Do the Work; A Question of Excellence by Patti LuPone; Rent: the Gateway Drug Q&A with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul by Patrick Pacheco; The Tonys: It’s a Wonderful Life; The Obies: The Venerable and the Wild

CHAPTER V — Past Is Prologue: The American Theatre Wing’s Next Century by Heather Hitchens; Voices: Courage is Infectious; Ars Nova and Jonathan Larson: Comets Streaking Across the Sky by Patrick Pacheco


American Theatre Wing invests in brave work, supports creative growth, and celebrates excellence to bring diverse stories to our national culture through theater. Founded in 1917 on the eve of America’s entry into World War I by seven emboldened women, American Theatre Wing has spent a century using theater to advance human experience, empathy and cultural growth like never before.

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