Shy

The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers

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Publisher Description

The memoirs of Mary Rodgers—writer, composer, Broadway royalty, and “a woman who tried everything.”

“What am I, bologna?” Mary Rodgers (1931–2014) often said. She was referring to being stuck in the middle of a talent sandwich: the daughter of one composer and the mother of another. And not just any composers. Her father was Richard Rodgers, perhaps the greatest American melodist; her son, Adam Guettel, a worthy successor. What that leaves out is Mary herself, also a composer, whose musical Once Upon a Mattress remains one of the rare revivable Broadway hits written by a woman.

Shy is the story of how it all happened: how Mary grew from an angry child, constrained by privilege and a parent’s overwhelming gift, to become not just a theater figure in her own right but also a renowned author of books for young readers (including the classic Freaky Friday) and, in a final grand turn, a doyenne of philanthropy and the chairman of the Juilliard School.

But in telling these stories—with copious annotations, contradictions, and interruptions from Jesse Green, the chief theater critic of The New York TimesShy also tells another, about a woman liberating herself from disapproving parents and pervasive sexism to find art and romance on her own terms. Whether writing for Judy Holliday or Rin Tin Tin, dating Hal Prince or falling for Stephen Sondheim over a game of chess at thirteen, Rodgers grabbed every chance possible—and then some.

Both an eyewitness report from the golden age of American musical theater and a tale of a woman striving for a meaningful life, Shy is, above all, a chance to sit at the feet of the kind of woman they don’t make anymore—and never did. They make themselves.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2022
August 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
480
Pages
PUBLISHER
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
107.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Middle-Eighth ,

Fabulous!

An absolute must for any musical theatre fan. Hilarious, brutally honest, occasionally poignant.

Kamikazega ,

Dishy Book for Musical Lovers

An as told to autobiography from
The daughter and mother of two musical composers worth the time for great stories… she and her husband were memorialized in a lyric inSondheim’s Company. Sondheim May have been the great love of her life, but that was impractical. Lots of great behind the scenes stories about her one successful Broadway show Once Upon a Mattress..

Great Music Luvr ,

Colorful stories from a colorful woman

The best memoirs leave you feeling you’ve just had a fascinating conversation with the subject. This filled that promise so well I was sad when she died.

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