PIANO LOVER: THE MUSICAL
the second novel in a show biz trilogy
In New Orleans French Quarter during the 1950's, a young male cocktail pianist's life is complicated by four beautiful women; two young women from opposite poles of society who love him in their diverse ways, and two middle aged women who seek to control him for their own secret reasons. A colorful collection of entertainers and hedonistic fun lovers are seen against a historically accurate backdrop of New Orleans landmark nightclubs and eateries as they take their stage musical to Broadway.
This second book, Piano Lover: The Musical, contains the script and score of an original stage musical complete with lead sheets for its fifteen original songs. The musical's struggle to survive is laid in Manhattan's theater district, Greenwich Village, the Hamptons, Fire Island, and New Orleans. This talented group of entertainers is skillfully and accurately woven into the history of the Broadway theater district, the evolution of off Broadway, and musical stars like Gwen Verdon, Bob Fosse, Howard Keel, Dorothy Lamour, Ed Nelson, Hal Prince, and others. If you love show music, show business adventures, and sensuality, you've gotta love the hedonistic adventures of Piano Lover: The Musical.
William Karl Thomas was Lenny Bruce's only writing collaborator, so it's no surprise that Thomas' work walks on the wild side. His past includes being a cocktail pianist in 'the big easy' circa 1950's, and his memoir of his ten year collaboration with Bruce, Lenny Bruce: The Making of a Prophet, was described by The Manchester Guardian as "reads like a Bogart script." All his works include gays and interracial characters, and this trilogy, more than most novels, intimately explores the gray areas between the gay and heterosexual worlds.
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