- Hardcover: 279 pages
- Publisher: Random House (1963)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0007DL0AE
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mister Abbott Hardcover – 1963
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George Abbott led a fascinating life full of all sorts of different experiences such as being a ranch hand in wyoming to finding long success on Broadway. He was one of the biggies in American Theater as a director, producer, writer and sometimes actor. He had a long time span with peak years from the 1920s to 1960s - that's a lot of success! We might best remember Pal Joey, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Once Upon a Mattress etc etc - really way too many to list. He lived until he was 107 and was productive to late in life.
It is also written in my favorite style - entertaining but insightful. He dishes the dirt so to speak but in a thoughtful way, philosophical while being interesting. He has an approach to life and telling his story that is readable and interesting.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in American Theater or the Algonquin group (he lived as a friend for many years with Neysa McMein and her husband) or for people who are interested in pop culture of the 1920s-1960s.
If you like it I also recommend Jay Lerner's The Street Where I Live a similarly enjoyable book of that era.