Mary Martin, Broadway Legend

Mary Martin, Broadway Legend

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The first book-length biography of a theater icon South Pacific. The Sound of Music. Peter Pan. As the star of these classic Broadway musicals, Mary Martin captivated theater audiences with her impish persona and magnificent voice. Now Ronald L. Davis fills a major gap in theater history, moving beyond Martina€™s own 1976 memoir to provide a complete picture of her life and career. Lively and engaging, Davisa€™s biography is the first book-length portrait of the theater icon, spanning her lifetime to reveal facts about her childhood, marriages, and friendshipsa€”as well as artistic collaborations that included the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and Elia Kazan. Born in Weatherford, Texas, and mother to the future actor Larry Hagman, Martin went to California after the failure of her first marriage. There, she auditioned for every studio without success. a€œAudition Marya€ finally had her big break when she won a talent contest, leading to her breakthrough 1938 performance in Leave It to Mea€”in which she wowed audiences singing a€œMy Heart Belongs to Daddy.a€ Davis traces Martina€™s numerous appearances on Broadway, in touring productions, and on television, showing howa€”through hard work and persistent optimisma€”she built a career that lasted nearly fifty years and earned her the adoration and respect of fans and colleagues alike. Because Martina€™s life was entwined with many luminaries of the stage, this biography offers rich insights into theater history, including accounts of how various productions were developed. No other book tells her story in such detaila€”it is must reading for fans and an essential resource for theater aficionados everywhere.Because if an actor isna#39;t happy with their costume, no matter how well it looks and how well it fits the story, that can ruin ... her ball gown be blue rather than white, which Merman wore, maintaining that blue would make her look more feminine. ... The characters seemed real, and the role of Annie Oakley fit Mary like a dream.

Title:Mary Martin, Broadway Legend
Author:Ronald L. Davis
Publisher:University of Oklahoma Press - 2014-10-22


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