Sets, Lights, & Lunacy: A Stage Designer's Adventures on Broadway and in Opera, chronicles the bright sunset of 'The Great White Way.' Focusing on the 'sixties and seventies,' it illuminates a unique link in the long chain of theatre history.
As a Broadway stage designer during the great heyday of prolific producer David Merrick, Lloyd Burlingame enjoyed more than his share of the spectacular ups and downs, hilarities and epiphanies of a theatre career. Collaborating with a variety of directors, including Franco Zeffirelli, George Abbott, Peter Brook, George Roy Hill, and Peter Hall made for a wide spectrum of experiences to share. When he moved from the world of theatre to the calm of opera, he had the rare opportunity to design new productions for divas Beverly Sills, Martina Arroyo, Joan Sutherland, and Leontyne Price. The reader is invited to join him backstage to meet a colorful cast of characters, and to experience the roller-coaster ride of a show business career.
Sets, Lights, & Lunacy has been met with praise from the theatre community as well as the literary community. Please visit the Reviews page on this site to see the enthusiastic reactions to the book!
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