Fall 2021 Theater Books: 3 Memoirs, 2 Biographies

Alan Cumming and Billy Porter have written memoirs that are being published this fall, which will also see biographies of Oscar Wilde and Emily Mann, plus a book “by” Noel Coward that’s a mix of the two genres. Click on the links below to read more details, and to pre-order.

Noel Coward on (and in) Theatre

This is the book Noël Coward wanted, promised, threatened to write — and never did. A collection edited with commentary by Barry Day of Coward’s lyrics, essays, and asides on everything having to do with the theater and his life in it.

Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life by Alan Cumming

This second memoir by the Tony-winning star of “Cabaret” (his first was Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir) “is a book about my career, my struggles with mental health, my many forays into love and sexuality and everything in between.”

Emily Mann: Rebel Artist of the American Theater

Biographer Alexis Greene tells the story of a woman who defied the American theater’s sexism, a traumatic assault, and illness to become a celebrated playwright, director and artistic director of the McCarter Theatre Center for thirty seasons, until her recent retirement.

Unprotected: A Memoir” by Billy Porter

Billy Porter, the Tony-winning star of Kinky Boots, and Emmy-winning star of Pose, efore Billy Porter, tells the story of his survival as a young Black, gay boy growing up in Pittsburgh who didn’t fit in.

Oscar Wilde: A Life

Biographer Matthew Sturgis portrays the key events and influences of the playwright, poet, wit and bon vivant, drawing on material that has come to light in the past thirty years, including newly discovered letters, documents, first draft notebooks, and the full transcript of the libel trial.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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