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re: PAUL GEMIGNANI: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond (longish)
Posted by: Gustave 02:51 pm EDT 05/13/22
In reply to: PAUL GEMIGNANI: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond - pecansforall 11:19 am EDT 05/13/22

I’m about ¾ finished with Gemignani: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond. I’m enjoying it, but it’s also disappointing in some ways. After an introductory section on Gemignani’s life before Broadway, there’s a long stretch discussing his contributions show by show. Rather antiseptic. His first marriage comes out of the blue and is handled in one or two lines. The name of his wife is never mentioned. The author gets more personal much later with information about his second marriage and son Alexander. A few interesting anecdotes, with one involving Patti – of course! :) Gemignani comes across as extremely dedicated and personable. His relationship with Sondheim is discussed frequently. I’m not a theater professional and was surprised by how much he helped shape the shows he was involved with. Is that typical for a music director? The biggest surprise for me was the way his relationship with Hal Prince ended. I hope some of the very knowledgeable folks on this board will comment on the book. Gustave
PS. The last 100 pages or so consists of an index and reference material.
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