The Sunday Giveaway: Showbiz – The Novel

When I was a kid and discovered baseball, I devoured everything I could on the subject . . . including every movie, and every book about the subject, especially those Matt Christopher jems.  (Remember those?)

When fans today discover Broadway, they probably do the same . . . except that there aren’t too many novels about the subject.

Until now!

Here comes Dress Circle Publishing, a new house dedicated to the Broadway book.

What I love about D.C.P. is that just like my board game, Broadway novels (as opposed to non-fiction) are fun ways to keep fans connected to what we do all over the world.  It’s content marketing.  Because if people are reading a novel about Broadway instead of the latest John Grisham novel, guess what they might be more likely to do next Friday night?  (And the answer isn’t become a lawyer.)  Matt Christopher’s books got me wanting to play baseball.  D.C.P. will get people wanting to play Broadway.

D.C.P.’s first novel, Showbiz, is grabbing great reviews from critics and readers alike . . . and it just so happens to be this Sunday’s Giveaway!

How do you win a copy?

Showbiz has the making of a series, with a lead character named Scarlet Savoy who is an Assistant to a Producer looking to make her way to the top.

That means Scarlet needs more stories.

Rip me a story from Broadway headlines that would make a good story for Scarlet.  For example:  Cameron Macintosh threatening to not bring Miss Saigon to the states if Jonathan Pryce wasn’t allowed to reprise his role (Remember that?).

Comment away and good luck!


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  • Roger Gindi says:

    A scandal like “Rebecca” where the producer is the scammed by someone looking to collect a finder’s fee for finding a non-xistent investor.

  • Aaron Settle says:

    Rebecca was my first answer just because there was so many layers to it with the whistleblower a and lawsuits. But the abrupt recasting on Orphans would also make for a fascinating character study.

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    Having to make the decision to fire a director like Julie Taymor in Spiderman and then getting sued

  • Sarah P. says:

    The whole Jeremy Piven dropping out of Speed-the-Plow scandal! 🙂

  • Susan says:

    A Stephen Sondheim character writes Porgy and Bess letter about one of Scarlet’s productions.

  • Margaret Rojahn says:

    Bring some “supernatural” into the novels and let the Curse of Macbeth out. You guys have been lucky, but will Scarlet?

  • Perhaps Scarlet gets cast in a Broadway play (we’ll call it “Orphan”) and, after experiencing artistic differences, ends up onstage for opening night with a former castmate in the front row–applauding and tweeting rather oddly.

  • Brian says:

    A diva with a huge fan base opens a show in London, with a contract stating she will open the same show on Broadway. A movie star with legitimate theater credits opens the show in L.A. to better reviews. Scarlett’s job is to tell the diva she will not be opening the show on Broadway. The title of the episode is Boulevard of Broken Contracts!

  • The curtain comes down on opening night, the producer comes on stage, and announces that the director and choreographer of the show died before the opening, shocking the audience, the press, and the cast. (See David Merrick, Gower Champion and 42nd Street.) Oh, and while you’re at it, have the producer denigrate the book writer of the show by changing credit from “book by” to “lead-ins and crossovers by.” (See Michael Stewart.)

  • Rafi Levavy says:

    I think the Rebecca controversy would be a great story idea for a book of this type.



  • RichardSEff says:

    I was there the night of the Sat. night first preview in the world, in a blizzard in New Haven, when Rex Harrison refused to go on in My Fair Lady, because he felt under rehearsed with the orchestra.How my boss, his agent, solved the problem,turned him into a star agent overnight, and I WAS THERE. Richard Seff.

  • Ilene Argento says:

    Well, if we’re looking for reality, how about when ALW brought Sunset Blvd to L.A. With Glen Close instead of Patti Lupone, then snubbed Broadway because he couldn’t get a leading lady (shouldn’t have burned Patti, ALW!). Btw, it was a great show! Would have liked Patti in L.A., but Glen Close did an okay job!

  • Ilene Argento says:

    Since I just realized I had the same idea as Brian, here is an original one … Scarlet has to fire the star of On The Twentieth Century (who will go unnamed, but everyone knows who she was) for a cocaine and attitude problem and replaces her with Judy Kaye … A star was born! (I actually was in the theatre on the night that Judy Kaye had to sub in during Act II because the ‘star’ was coking up during intermission!

  • Yoni Weiss says:

    Kristen Vigard being fired from Annie after only a week of performances. Then, being rehired (or demoted I can’t remember) to Andrea McArdle’s understudy.

    I would read a whole series on that.

  • Paul Argentini says:

    The juciest tales headlines do not make. Zee beeg star that was ready to return to Paris when the producer of the show refused to include in her contract an in-house lover. Oh? Do they have zose in America? When M’sewe Producer finally relented and agreed, she went back anyway. He made an assumption and guessed the wrong sex.

  • Yosi Merves says:

    I was going to say Rebecca as well.

    Or an actor getting replaced in previews, which happened with Fiddler on the Roof, Footloose, Guys and Dolls, etc.

    What about cast members getting sick mid-show and necessitating understudies going on? I think that could be fun to read about.

  • Paul Argentini says:

    Any kind of censorship is anathema to me. Hmmm! You thought it best to censor my comment. Okay. How about then a plug for my latest novel just released, A MATTER OF LOVE IN DA BRONX by Paul ARgentini?

  • Kerri Martin says:

    The Jeremy Piven “mercury poisoning – disappearing – going to China” incident was what popped instantly in my mind. SNL even made jokes about it!

  • Jeremy Terry says:

    It’d be great to see something behind the scenes of Barbra’s new movie of GYPSY that keeps being talked about, but never seems to be going anywhere.

  • Paul Argentini says:

    I stand corrected. I apologize. I take back my plug.

  • Josh says:

    A revival of an American classic in which the director/producers cut significant portions of the book in order to make it shorter and thus “palatable” for contemporary audiences. A sage of Musical Theatre then openly criticizes the production for those changes sparking many in the business to choose sides.

  • Jo says:

    Daphne du Maurier’s Rebeccca wasn’t entirely fictional, and the ghost of the woman is fighting to keep the show from Broadway because she thinks people will see too much truth if her life is put to music and will find out the real story about her (which is much worse than it was in the book)

  • Nicole S says:


  • Nathan C says:

    Producers refusing to close the revival of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS simply because they refused to pay Sarah Jessica Parker since she was on a ‘pay-or-play’ contract. They preferred to keep her performing to an empty theatre than pay her full salary for doing nothing.

  • Tim Realbuto says:

    Scarlet climbs her way up the ladder and becomes a lead producer on the new musical ‘Rebecca.’ Max Bialystock finally gives her his hat…and then he takes it back…oh, nevermind. He gives it back…nope, he takes it back…wait. Its still coming? Okay, he gives it back…whoops, he takes it back…for real? They raised they money? Okay, he gives it back…

  • eva says:

    Why stop at Rebecca when you have Garth Dubinsky(Did I get that right) The original Ragtime Producer and then there is the Senator Joe Producer who landed in jail can join up with the Rebecca producer and sing a trio from Silk Stockings about Dreary Siberia.

  • Howard says:

    I was also thinking of Jeremy Piven’s “poisoning” and Garth Drabinsky’s financial shenanigans. How about David Merrick’s notorious ad with raves about SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING by people who were not, but had the same names as, NYC theater critics?

  • Stephen says:

    Though there was never anything published about it, I always thought there’d be some juicy dish with two rival productions of the same musical source – WILD PARTY. Only the one ended up on Broadway – perhaps there could’ve been more drama behind-the-scenes.

  • Melissa Heeres says:

    Scarlet is working on a show where all that is discussed about the show is the nudity, with powerhouse performances overlooked

  • Elizabeth says:

    For those of us who life an unfortunate distance from NYC…

    A big time Broadway star on her own concert tour cancels multiple tour dates after being picked up for a small role in a widely popular TV show. Make up some more drama around the situation for us touring show watching people.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    Scarlet is working on a musical with flying characters that fall way too often and get seriously injured. The show has to close temporarily while they fix the mehanical problems and make it safe. While waiting for it to reopen, one of the male leads (to whom she is very attracted) gets offered the lead in a TV pilot and leaves for LA- after sending Scarlet an apologetic “farewell email.” Without him, the show won’t be the same. There’s no time to find and train a new star. Scarlet needs him to finish out the contract when the show resumes – one week away. At her wit’s end, she suddenly receives an anonymous letter with incriminating information about him that she could use to blackmail him into staying – if she decides to sink that low…

  • Andrea says:

    Well, there’s Rebeeca of course.

    Or, what about Christian Hoff leaving Pal Joey with an injury and Matthew Risch, his understudy, permanently taking his role? That’ll make for a good story.

  • Andrea says:

    Or there is the whole Spider-Man deal. Unsafe, directors basically fired, one of he most expensive shows ever. That would give Scarlett a lot to write about.

  • tom burch says:

    There’s this new hip Broadway-bound musical… let’s call it SMASHED… based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, that sees lots of drama behind the scenes, trying to pick the lead between a chorine and a golly-shucks Iowa farmgirl with dreams of immediate Broadway stardom… wait.. have you heard this one before? are you sure?
    seriously, the stories of the behind the scenes drama about SMASH seem ripe for Scarlet’s pickings.

  • EllenFD says:

    Scarlet is a assistant to David Leveaux, who has just directed a controversial, “veddy British, not Yiddish” version of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. She hears one evening that Michael Riedel, who roundly criticized Leveaux for his questionable choices, is to be at the same restaurant as her boss one evening. Fearing a confrontation, she rushes to Angus McIndoe’s, only to find the aftermath: a broken watch–and Riedel–on the floor.

  • Danny Kapinos says:

    There’s so much negativity in these comments–how about this for a change:

    The lovely and talented Jessie Mueller, a popular actress from a well-respected family in the Chicago regional theatre scene, makes the move to NYC in the lead role of a big Broadway revival opposite a huge star and becomes the toast of the town, earning a Tony nomination and several more lead roles in Broadway shows as she is on her path to becoming a Broadway legend.

    That’s a happy book I’d like to read.

  • Jeremy Shivers-Brimm says:

    I’d love to see Scarlet dealing with a show where adult audiences stay away in droves when they can’t handle the houses full of screaming teenage girls who are only there to see the latest hunky young celebrtiy in the starring role.

  • Jeryl M. says:

    A nationwide search for a little girl to play Annie in the first revival of Annie only to replace her with her understudy when she has an illness while the show is in previews.

  • ECP says:

    Equal Opportunity Enragement. First the lead actress in a revival of a Joe Orton play quits. Then, right before previews, a male co-star in the Broadway bow of a Lyle Kessler play exits the cast. A suspicious pattern? A case of anger stage mismanagement? Is the male lead to blame? The air conditioning? Cowtowing producers and directors? Leave it to Scarlet to dig up the truth.

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