What inspired the iconic mask from The Phantom of the Opera? Why didn't the Von Trapps really flee over the mountains to Switzerland, as depicted in The Sound of Music? How do the Radio City Rockettes achieve their famed precision, and in an entirely different sort of number, how does a choreographer devise a dance for six naked guys (The Full Monty)? Can lighting be used to milk production number applause? (Yes.) And why did the first Tony Awards bestow those honors on two avid theatergoers?

These are just a few of the fun and fascinating details you'll find in The Performing Arts – Volumes One and Two, the first two offerings of CLASSIC INTERVIEWS, a series of e-books of some of the most interesting and memorable articles culled from Libby's years of writing. The Performing Arts e-books spotlight theater, music and other live performances, along with some of the writers, directors, performers, composers, lyricists, music directors, designers and stage managers who bring them to life.

Both books feature theater productions, among them Les MisérablesChicagoA Chorus Line and lesser known shows. Volume One also includes articles on Cirque du Soleil, cabaret and aspects of performing such as touring and fans. Volume Two also covers the Hollywood Bowl and other concerts, including a personal account of performing at Carnegie Hall, as well as the arts on television and accolades such as the Tony Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors.

A select list of the articles is below. Once the purchase transaction is completed, the buyer will be redirected to the instant download page and also receive a download link via e-mail. 

The Performing Arts

Volume One
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149 Pages, $9.99

The Performing Arts

Volume Two
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163 pages, $9.99


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A Chorus Line – Marvin Hamlisch
Cirque du Soleil
Mack and Mabel – Jerry Herman
The Importance of Being Earnest
Shirley Knight, Patrick Dempsey
The Phantom of the Opera
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Carol Channing
Michael Crawford
John Raitt, Carousel – Also, Bonnie Raitt,
Florence Henderson

Creative Team
Hal Prince, Evita
Musical Directors – Jay Blackton, Oklahoma!

Cabaret in Los Angeles – Andrea Marcovicci
The Touring Life – Douglas Sills


Chicago – Ann Reinking,
director Walter Bobbie
Les Misérables
The Sound of Music

Carol Burnett

Creative Team
Siblings Rob and Kathleen Marshall

Performing Arts on Television
Cinderella 1997 – Brandy, Bernadette Peters,
Mary Rodgers, James Hammerstein
TV Stars on Broadway – Hank Azaria,
Gordon Clapp, David Hyde Pierce
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Annie

Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl
Theater  Mishaps – Charlton Heston,
Ann Miller, Mariette Hartley