Release Date: May 31, 2011
Buy the Book: Amazon
Showstopper is Abigail Pogrebin’s account of being cast, at the young age of 16 (along with a then 21-year old Jason Alexander), in the Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” the only flop in Sondheim’s storied career. It’s a still a mystery, and a much debated topic, among theater enthusiasts as to why “Merrily We Roll Along” flopped, especially since Sondheim’s other productions, which include “Into the Woods,” “Follies,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” have been so endearing and extraordinarily successful. In this Kindle Single, Pogrebin muses on why the show didn’t get off the ground at the same time that she takes the reader on passionate, introspective journey, examining the importance of this very special moment in her life.