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By John Lahr

John Lahr’s attractive and intricate biography of his father, the mythical actor and comic Bert Lahr

Part biography, half historical past of yank express enterprise, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is John Lahr’s masterwork: an all-encompassing biography of his father, the comic and performer Bert Lahr. most sensible often called the Cowardly Lion in MGM’s vintage The Wizard of Oz, Lahr was once a consummate artist whose profession spanned burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Hollywood. whereas he will be both raucous and polished in public, Lahr used to be painfully insecure and self-absorbed in inner most, maintaining his relations at arm’s size as he quietly battled his internal demons. advised with a magnificent objectivity and willing figuring out of the construction—and destruction—of the performer, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is multiple man’s quest to appreciate his father. it's a unprecedented exam of a lifestyles at the degree.

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Then Oscar said, 'For your third effort take something that's nondramatic . . ' So I landed on Mary Poppins, and I spent about a year doing a musical of Mary Poppins, and that's when I first encountered the real difficulties of playwriting, and that's one of the reasons I'm not a playwright. It was an attempt to structure a group of short stories and make a piece out of them—and it was very hard and I wasn't able accomplish it. ] The first act was ninety-nine pages and the second act was some sixty-odd.

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