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Master of Ceremonies Audiobook

Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Joel Grey, the Tony and Academy Award-winning Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, finally tells his remarkable life story.

Born Joel David Katz to a wild and wooly Jewish American family in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1932, Joel began his life in the theater at the age of nine, starting in children's theater and then moving to the main stage. He was hooked, and his seven-decades-long career charts the evolution of American entertainment - from Vaudeville performances with his father, Mickey Katz, to the seedy, gangster-filled nightclubs of the '40s, the bright lights of Broadway and dizzying glamour of Hollywood, and juggernaut musicals like Cabaret, Chicago, and Wicked.

Master of Ceremonies is a memoir of a life lived in and out of the limelight, but it is also the story of the man behind the stage makeup. Coming of age in a time when being yourself tended to be not only difficult but also dangerous, Joel had to act both on and off the stage. He spent his high school years sleeping with the girls next door while carrying on a scandalous affair with an older man. Romances with to-die-for Vegas showgirls were balanced with late-night liaisons with like-minded guys until finally Joel fell in love and married a talented and beautiful woman, started a family, and had a pretty much picture-perfect life. But 24 years later, when the marriage dissolved, Joel had to once again find his place in a world that had radically changed.

Drawing back the curtain on a career filled with showstopping numbers, larger-than-life stars, and even singing in the shower with Bjork, Master of Ceremonies is also a portrait of an artist coming to terms with his evolving identity. When an actor plays a character, he has to find out what makes him who he is - his needs, dreams, and fears. It's a difficult thing to do, but sometimes the hardest role in an actor's life is that of himself. Deftly capturing the joy of performing as well as the pain and secrets of an era we have only just started to leave behind, Joel's story is one of love, loss, hard-won honesty, redemption, and success.

©2016 Joel Grey (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"This is an insightful, delightful adult listening experience about someone you may think you know. Surprises abound." (AudioFile)

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    RICK Canada 02-21-16
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    "One for his fans only"

    A moving personal memoir. Mr Grey focused my on his struggles with his sexuality than on his show business life. This is of course his prerogative after all it is his story and he must tell his truth. I would like to have learned more about his professional life and less about his personal sexual issues but that's my problem not his. I applaud his candor his courage and his talent.

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    W. Carter TX, USA 05-13-16
    W. Carter TX, USA 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite the Master"

    Outstanding. Bravo Mr. Grey. If I'd had a nickel for every tear I choked back...

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    Linda 03-29-16
    Linda 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love love loved it"

    I could identify with much he wrote about growing up Jewish. Plan to listen again

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    Rachel Smith 09-03-16
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    "fantastic!!!!!!"

    I've always loved Joel Grey, but his life is really amazing. this book made me laugh, cry and literally gasp out loud a few times. An amazing look at learning to love yourself, know who you are and know your own worth. He is a strong man to share all of this with us. A great read!

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    Steven Monticello, NY, United States 06-13-16
    Steven Monticello, NY, United States 06-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Mr Grey imparts wisdom from years of introspection"

    Excellent presentation of significant decisions from author's arduous journey to serenity; intending to hasten reader's.

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    Dale Long Redmond, Washington United States 06-02-16
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    As a memoir, it was disappointing. I expected more backstage information..I've been privileged to see him in 1996 on Broadway and for such a diminutive man, his persona filled the stage. His memoir doesn't give him the credit he so richly deserves. His sexual preferences are of no interest to me.

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    John 03-02-16
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    great narration, though I sped up the play back to 1.15
    storyline is great also. give it a try

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