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A Fine Romance: Hollywood/Broadway (The Magic. The Mahem. The Musicals.) Hardcover – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Billboard Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823077748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823077748
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 10.5 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

From the time she was a little girl growing up in New York City, Darcie Denkert has been enamored with the musicals of Broadway and Hollywood. Although by her own admission she couldn't sing or dance a lick, her love of the theater and the magic of the movies refused to release their grip on her imagination. It was this passion that drove Denkert to become a prominent entertainment attorney, first as a New York theater and movie lawyer, then as the top legal and business affairs executive for the entertainment divisions of MGM, and its subsidiary United Artists, in Hollywood. She ultimately became president of the studio's Entertainment Business Group and MGM ON STAGE-a division she was instrumental in creating as a vehicle to adapt films from MGM's stunning motion-picture library to live stages on Broadway, in London's West End, and around the world. A Fine Romance, Denkert's first book, has been a three-year labor of love for her, reflecting her joy in and fascination with the history and artistry of Hollywood and the lore and lullabies of Broadway.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the well-known entertainment attorney Allen Susman, and their adopted Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Sunshine.


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Her lavish book with its incredible photographs tells Broadway and Hollywood tales with purpose.
D. J. Ginsburg
After glancing through this book, maybe reading the introduction only, this book disappeared from my life for a time.
David B. Hack
This is the kind of information that only an insider with a foot into each camp could get and then put into a book.
John Matlock

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Being an observer of plays and movies with a particular interest in musicals I've long been puzzled by the difficulty there seems to be with moving a musical from Broadway to Hollywood. Why does a smash hit like Gypsy, sometimes called 'The best damn musical ever,' basically flop on screen?

Darcie Denkert is an expert on both Broadway and Hollywood. In this book she has carefully researched a series of the most famous musicals that were made into movies. Sometimes, like with Gypsy, the play simply doesn't translate into the big screen. The scene at the train station, for instance when Rose is shifting her attentions to Louise after June left in the play works well. The train station doesn't look like a train station, it looks like a set. The orchestra is visible, the song works. In the movie, at a real train station, you don't just burst into song. And the stars, great movie stars, just didn't fit.

This is the kind of information that only an insider with a foot into each camp could get and then put into a book. Referring to Gypsy again, the author also tells us how the stories got written, who did what, how did the music get written, what did they do in the screenplay to adapt it?

The book covers 6 big plays: My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Gypsy, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, and Chicago, and 8 smaller ones. This format gives all the space that is needed to completely tell the story. Gypsy, for instance gets 38 pages, and they're big pages. To we outsiders, not plugged into either Broadway or Hollywood, this is an absolutely fascinatin book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darryl K. Clark VINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
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darcie denkert has done a fabulous job talking about the great shows of broadway and their translation to the screen. i love this book--the illustrations are insightful and the text is very well thought out. it should be a great addition to any college course on musicals.

it is also a great thing to see a woman's voice come through on this subject that is dominated my many great writers such as ethan morrden and mark steyn.

go, darcie!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Cady VINE VOICE on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't agree more with the other two reviews. This is a marvelous book that any musical and/or movie musical fan will devour. And the design, layout and pics are all sensational. If only "A Chorus Line" had been included, the book would be perfect. (Maybe Denkert was precluded from writing about it for some reason.) In any event, this is a reader-friendly (not to mean dumb) coffee table book that won't break your wrists or the bank.
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