A Memoir Master of Ceremonies

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD22809
Released: Feb 16, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427266828
Narrator/s: Joel Grey
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Willkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome. Joel Grey, the Academy Award-winning master of ceremonies in Cabaret, finally tells his remarkable life story. Born Joel David Katz to a wild and woolly Jewish-American family in 1930's Cleveland, Joel began his life in the theater at the age of nine, starring in local productions of touring Broadway hits. He was hooked, and the search for the spotlight took him from the Cleveland Playhouse to seedy, gangster-filled nightclubs in Chicago, and finally to the lights of Broadway and the dizzying glamour of Hollywood. Master of Ceremonies is a memoir of a life lived in and out of the limelight, but it is also the story of the man behind the makeup. Coming of age in a time when being yourself tended to be not only difficult but also dangerous, Joel was required to act both on and off stage. Deftly capturing the pain and secrets of an era we have only just started to leave behind, Joel's story is one of love, loss, hard-won honesty, redemption, and success.

Professional reviews

"Broadway and film icon Joel Grey offers a candid, heartfelt, and endearing memoir infused with great humanity. While the quality of the narration reflects Grey's advanced years and is a bit slow for entirely pleasurable listening, his first-person interpretation of his beautifully written words more than makes up for any performance reservations. His family background features the Cleveland-based Katz clan, including detailed discussion of his dad Mickey Katz's career as a Yiddish musical parodist who recorded alongside Sinatra. The theme of the memoir is Grey's admission that he has lived his entire life as a gay man whose tremendous desire for marriage and children made his marriage to his wife, Jo Wilder, the greatest love of his life. This is an insightful, delightful adult listening experience about someone you may think you know. Surprises abound. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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