The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in Music Theater
Norman Mathews was born in the wrong town, the wrong era, and with the wrong name. What's a boy to do? With the mindset of a miniature adult, Mathews conjured up a more enticing, imaginary world to better navigate the perils of childhood. Dreams of a life in the theater and of pa... read full description below.
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Norman Mathews was born in the wrong town, the wrong era, and with the wrong name. What's a boy to do? With the mindset of a miniature adult, Mathews conjured up a more enticing, imaginary world to better navigate the perils of childhood. Dreams of a life in the theater and of passionate romance were stymied by lack of self-assurance, in which he allowed adults to dissuade him at every turn. Psychological abuse by a priest led to absurdly comic psychotherapy over his inability to accept his sexuality. At age twenty, a failed suicide nearly shattered a promising future. From the ashes of this near calamity rose a staggering resolve to build a meaningful life. Byzantine twists paved the way to a career as a magazine editor and eventually a life as a Broadway and movie dancer. During his years as a performer, he worked with Barbra Streisand, Gene Kelly, Dorothy Lamour, and Michael Bennett. When an untimely injury cut short his performing career, he reinvented himself as a a pianist, composer, and playwright. In these new roles, he created award-winning works for the concert-stage.Tony-Award winners, and opera luminaries.His passionate and inspirational autobiography is steeped in dark humor, hilarious celebrity gossip, and backstage intrigue. In addition to shining a light into how musicals are made, this gripping memoir recounts a grisly murder of a Broadway conductor, provides an inside look at the embezzlement of a famed Broadway producer, and details a never-reported rehearsal row involving a famous choreographer. Mathews brings his colorful Sicilian-American family, his triumphs and heartbreaks, and his mine-strewn path to fulfilling love vividly to life. This riveting drama is a paean to all late-bloomers, proof that no matter how many wrong cards you are dealt, it's possible, with hope and tenacity, to come up with a winning hand.
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As a composer-playwright, Norman Mathews has established himself as a lush melodist and a writer of sarcastic wit and insightful observations. These qualities are particularly evident in You Might as Well Live, his musical about Dorothy Parker, and his opera, La Lupa. His work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, on radio, and at theaters and concert halls around the world.He is a recipient of numerous awards, foundation grants, and commissions, and has worked as News Editor of Dance Magazine and Managing Editor of Sylvia Porter's Personal Finance Magazine. He lives in New York City with his artist-writer spouse, Todd Lehman. Mathews's music can be heard at www.normanmathews.com