2017 UNITED SOLO™ THEATRE FESTIVAL AWARDS
Best Non-Fiction Script: Joshua Ellis
Best Director: Gretchen Cryer
In CALL MY PUBLICIST – THE STARRY EDUCATION OF A BROADWAY PRESS AGENT, Joshua Ellis, one of the theatre’s top press agents, gives an insider’s view of the glamorous and sometimes maddening world of The Great White Way, from a vantage point the public rarely sees.
With his very personal, first-hand stories, he takes his audiences backstage to the stars’ dressing rooms, into the wings of Broadway’s greatest theatres and the rehearsals where entertainment’s biggest stars, directors, choreographers, composers and lyricists create musicals and plays.
We hear from Yul Brynner, Carol Channing, Stephen Sondheim, Lena Horne, David Merrick, Sir Trevor Nunn, Eartha Kitt, Eva Le Gallienne, Sandy Duncan, and numerous other theatre greats with whom Joshua worked and learned the tricks of the trade.
He tells of memorable meals with theatre legends, joyous award-night ceremonies, stupendous and devastating opening nights, tearful closing nights, and tender, private moments when the ultra-famous were very human.
Joshua explains, “The job of a press agent is getting your client’s name in or out of the news. Good news in, bad news out. Sounds easy? It’s torturous! Today everyone has press agents: the Kardashians, the President of the United States, even Pope Francis has a publicist.”
Among the shows Joshua publicized are the original Broadway productions of INTO THE WOODS, 42ND STREET, FENCES, THE ELEPHANT MAN, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, LENA HORNE: THE LADY AND HER MUSIC, BIG RIVER, and the award-winning revivals of THE KING AND I (Yul Brynner), DRACULA (Frank Langella), PETER PAN (Sandy Duncan) and MORNING’S AT SEVEN.
CALL MY PUBLICIST! – THE STARRY EDUCATION OF A BROADWAY PRESS AGENT is about a love affair with the New York theatre, and like all romances it has its share of joys and heartbreaks.