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Film musicals- you either love them or they make you want to kill yourself slowly with plastic cutlery. Nothing has the power to lift your heart or turn your stomach like Howard Keel in fake sideburns singing Bless Your Beautiful Hide or Julie Andrews singing well, just about anything.There are few situations where the question What would Barbra do? doesn t have relevance in a world which is much better lived to a soundtrack of show-tunes. This is a book for people who know that * People don't tend to die in musicals, but those who do deserve it * True love waits long enough for an element of mistaken identity to be introduced (especially if one of the couple is a Nazi) * Women carry the show. * Talented women wind up alone... * ...But they have the consolation of the torch song, which in Hollywood musicals is more fulfilling than a husband.
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How musicals can change your life...A witty, highly personal look at the wonderful world of the Hollywood shows

About the Author

Emma Brockes has been a feature writer at the Guardian for several years.In 2001 she won Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards, and in 2002 she was voted Feature Writer of the Year, one of the youngest ever recipients of the award. After living in London, where she indulged her passion for musicals at every opportunity, Emma has now moved to New York where she hopes to do the same.

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"A sharply written and wickedly funny guide ... serious, silly and utterly, compellingly humane." * Daily Telegraph * "Entertaining and witty." * Independent on Sunday * "A warm, funny memoir" * Mail on Sunday * "An entertaining, heartfelt, light-as-air romp: much like a good musical in fact." * Sunday Times * "Extremely funny." * Daily Express *

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