Act One: An Autobiography by Moss Hart

By Moss Hart

The Dramatic tale that Capitvated a Generation
With this new version, the vintage best-selling autobiography by way of the past due playwright Moss Hart returns to print within the 30th anniversary of its unique booklet. Issued in tandem with Kitty, the disclosing autobiography of his spouse, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Act One, is a landmark memoir that incluenced a iteration of theatergoers, dramatists, and normal ebook readers in all places. The ebook eloquently chronicles Moss Hart's impoverished formative years within the Bronx and Brooklyn and his lengthy, made up our minds fight to his first theatreical Broadway luck, Once in a Lifetime. essentially the most celebrated American theater books of the 20th centure and an excellent memorial to a bygone age, Act One is full of the entire ask yourself, drama, and heartbreak that surrounded Broadway within the Twenties and the years ahead of global conflict II.

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The following day a reporter from the Sydney Morning Herald reported that ‘Four of the company gave an unexpectedly clever female impersonation. ’ A successful Sydney season was followed by performances at Brisbane’s Empire Theatre. On 28 January 1921, The Australia Variety and Show World reported, ‘The Smart Set Diggers made their first appearance at the Empire on Saturday and were greeted with a crowded house at both sessions. ’ At some point between March 1921 and December 1922, Florence Broadhurst joined the all-male cast of returned soldiers now based in Toowoomba.

Janet Mosely was the subject of a portrait painted by Florence in 1961. She provided an insight into Florence the artist. ‘She was unapproachable, commanding and spoke with clipped, quick English tones through a stiff chin, lips and teeth. Her attitude was, “you have come to sit for me, now sit”. ’ Sally Fitzpatrick, who worked with Florence, said that the Florence she knew spoke at a million miles an hour in a mad gibberish, which was probably a result of her inability to hear as well as she once could.

At about the same time as Florence wrote this manifesto, she turned up for her first singing lessons with Kate Gratehead, a charitable woman who organised a host of musical events during World War I to raise money for Australian servicemen abroad. QX5 3/9/04 10:10 AM Page 37 Bookhouse The Orient, 1922–1927 student. Once a week, May hitched up her horse and buggy and took her younger sister to the Mount Perry Railway Station, where Florence caught the train to Bundaberg. Kate Gratehead was able to fine-tune the budding contralto, and Florence soon scooped up a clutch of awards at eisteddfods in Bundaberg and Toowomba.

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