Falling off Broadway

A Memoir by David Black

About the Book

david-with-playbillsFalling off Broadway is a witty, entertaining memoir by Tony Award-winning producer David Black of his adventures on Broadway. The book is filled with revealing personal accounts of theatrical luminaries and well-known figures such as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Joshua Logan, Alan King, David Merrick, Donald Trump, and Richard Nixon.

This memoir is based on David Black’s one-man play, which received rave reviews in New York and London. In The Times of London, Benedict Nightingale wrote, “David Black is unabashed enough to own up to his life-lapses with a wry, dry humour. I enjoyed his show for the glimpses it gave of Broadway and one of its victims: himself.”

Time Out said, “You couldn’t make this stuff up. Black is an engaging performer … a remarkable character … he does it all with plenty of wit. The show is pure pleasure.”

Listen to Black’s appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show here.

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Endorsements

— Benedict Nightingale

“David Black is unabashed enough to own up to his life-lapses with a wry, dry humour. I enjoyed his show for the glimpses it gave of Broadway and one of its victims: himself.”

— Benedict Nightingale

“A toast to Broadway! The show’s humour revolves around the bombast both of Black's successes and failures. Black is an amiable raconteur. Stories are looped together like pearls on a superstar’s necklace.”

“You couldn't make this stuff up. Black is an engaging performer ... a remarkable character ... he does it all with plenty of wit. The show is pure pleasure.”

“The true story of a big-time Broadway producer who mistook his father for God – and whose mother left him out of her autobiography … ”

“David Black draws in his audience with a lighthearted joie de vivre, like a Mr. Rogers with flair.”

— Hal Prince

"David Black has written a fascinating account of his prestigious career in the theatre. Thoroughly enjoyable."

— Hal Prince

— Joel Grey

"Winning! Another welcome valentine to the theatre."

— Joel Grey

— Olympia Dukakis

"Always insightful, always with humor, David Black's Falling off Broadway is a terrific read."

— Olympia Dukakis

— Alan Arkin

"Falling off Broadway, David Black's new memoir, is funny and surprising."

— Alan Arkin

— Charles Busch

"David Black has crafted a compelling memoir about Broadway and his years in the trenches producing more than 20 shows."

— Charles Busch

— Graham Clark

"I laughed loudly and warmly at Falling off Broadway, and I was dazzled by David Black's inventiveness, tenacity and theatrical battles. It was a joy to read!"

— Graham Clark

— Louis Begley

"David Black's Falling off Broadway is utterly hilarious and irresistible."

— Louis Begley

"People in show business always seem to have the best stories. Maybe it's the strength of their personalities, or the heightened cultural setting, or the chance that someone famous might pop up at any time. All these things are true in Black's memoir, which gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the Great White Way ... as well as an examination of the complicated life of a [Broadway producer] ...Just as engaging, though, are his relationships with his family and his lovers, and his personal trials define him even more than the professional ones. ... "
- Kirkus Reviews
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To see the full Kirkus profile on David Black, click here.

About the Author

David Black has been a violinist, opera singer, award-winning salesman, CIA covert intelligence officer, actor, Tony Award-winning producer of 20 shows, director, playwright, and author of The Actor’s Audition and The Magic of Theater. He is also a critically acclaimed artist and his paintings hang in the residences of American ambassadors. Hillary Rodham Clinton called David Black “an honorary diplomat” for introducing Tunisian Collaborative Painting to the United States.

For more about David Black: www.davidblacknyc.com.

Watch this video about his latest art work or view his portfolio.

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