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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tony Awards: Books about Theater

The Tony Awards are tonight! In honor of Broadway's big night, here are some books about theater.

    

Dramarama by E. Lockhart. Sadye and Demi are busting out of razzle-dazzle free Ohio to spend the summer at drama camp. At camp though, Demi is insta-star but Sadye has a much harder time of it. It doesn't help that she seems to stick her foot in her mouth whenever possible.Drama camp was supposed to allow Sadye to be as big and fabulous as she wanted, but she ends up feeling small and worthless.

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. Tallulah is off to performing arts summer camp. Only, when she gets there, she discovers that small town Yorkshire is not what she expected. But Tallulah's big worry is that she wants to be accepted into the year-round program, but, unlike her friends, she's not that talented and isn't sure what to do... The first in the Misadventures of Tallulah Casey series, follow it with A Midsummer Tights Dream.

The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes. In this retelling of Phantom of the Opera, Esti is attending high school in Cariba, trying to make a name for herself outside of her famous father. Her new high school has an excellent theater program, and she gets her own acting coach-- but one she can't see. Is the theater really haunted by a Jumbee as everyone says?

    

When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak. Emma's plan is to get cast as Liesl and in the school production of A Sound of Music, with her boyfriend Trevor as Rolfe. Trevor gets the roll, but Emma's sister is Liesl, and Emma ends up as Maria, with the new bad boy in town as Captain Von Trapp, causing drama on-stage and off.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Callie loves working backstage, even when it means trying to create a world-class set on a budget of nothing. Her theater friends sometimes offer an escape from the confusing world of boys, but sometimes theater just makes boys that much more confusing.

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. Wallace told the truth in his book report-- he hated reading Old Shep, My Pal. Sadly, his English teacher doesn't appreciate the honesty and puts him in detention, which takes him off the football team and right into the middle of the school production of the same book. But Wallace isn't going down without a fight, and this play will look completely different by the time he's done with it.

    

Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams. Ingrid idolizes Sherlock Holmes-- something that comes in handy when she gets involved in a murder investigation. But on top of school, soccer practice, and playing the lead in a community theater production, can she solve the murder, too? The first Echo Falls Mystery, follow it with Behind the Curtain.

The Four Dorothys by Paul Ruditis. Orion Academy is where Hollywood's A-List sends their kids. Competition for the school play is so fierce, most of the play is double-cast, except Dorothy, which is quadruple cast. But when Dorothys start dropping, Bryan has to figure out what's going on, or there won't be anyone left by opening night. The first in the Drama! series, follow it with Everyone's a Critic.

Castration Celebration by Jake Wizner. Olivia caught her father having sex with one of his grad students. She's since sworn off men, and is working out her issues in the musical she's writing for a theater summer camp at Yale. She can make sure that guys are scum onstage, but when actor and ladies man Max goes after her, she can't control the action in the same way.

There's also some drama books on the Shakespeare list. What are your favorite books about the stage?

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