Loved it Was totally Michael Crawford He sprang from the pages with such honesty I would recommend this book especially if you like Mr Crawford. By Turns Hilarious, Revelatory And Desperately Sad, Here Is The Autobiography Of The Man Whose TV And Stage Appearances Such As Hello Dolly , Some Mothers Do Ave Em And The Phantom Of The Opera Have Made Him A National Institution The Story Of The True Identity Of His Father, Which Is Behind This Book S Title, Leads Into An Evocative Depiction Of His Tender Childhood Years Whilst All The Men Were Away At War, Crawford Was Surrounded By Loving Women For Him This Was An Idyllic Wartime Childhood, But The Return Of The Men In Peacetime Signalled Darker Times To Come Crawford S Infectious Enjoyment Of Stage Work Illumines His Account Of His Early Struggles To Make A Name For Himself In The Theatre Business, And His Early Failures With Girls Are Lifted By His Abiding Sense Of The Absurd Both In His Private Life And His Work As A Successful Actor And TV Comedian, He Begins A Lifetime S Habit Of Pratfalls That He Would Later Turn To Good Use In The Character Of Frank Spencer In Smash Hit S TV Comedy Show Some Mothers Do Ave Em His Talent For Mimicry Makes The Great Personalities In His Life Come Alive On The Page People He Has Worked With, Including Benjamin Britten Who Taught Him To Sing, John Lennon With Whom He Shared A Villa And Oliver Reed, Michael Winner, Barbra Steisand, Gene Kelly And Frank Sinatra My all time favorite singer What a treat to learn about his life and how he faced each loss and crisis with grace and that delightful British sense of silliness I love Michael Crawford and have for years And I love him even now after reading his book Funny, sad, touching, and above all self deprecating Under the Phantom s mask lies a lovely human being with a sweet heart And who knew he was such a great writer I laughed out loud at some of his stories, and still do at a reread which I do frequently He takes his craft seriously, but not himself You won t find ego trips here,and with his multi layered talent, he deserves a few Michael s book is a most entertaining journey for us, yet for him, not an easy one He deserves his multi decade success because he works hard for it and keeps his audience as his primary concern as a performer I ve seen him in Phantom at the lovely Majestic Theater back in 1988, and fell in love with a voice that could melt iron Since then, I ve seen him many times in concert He is a true gift to the musical theater, and I wish him many years of fun on the boards I also hope he writes another book He was quite ill last year, so it s good to see him back in action. Michael Crawford is one of my great, great favorites to listen to I love his beautiful, smooth voice and I have listened to the live album of Michael Crawford in Concert, Los Angeles, over and over until I have practically every word song AND dialogue memorized.This book lifts the veil of Michael s life and you get to know him both personally and professionally, raised by a family of women, married with two daughters of his own, up until the phenomenal success of The Phantom of the Opera Before reading this book I had actually watched A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the first time I ve also seen Alice s Adventures in Wonderland, Hello Dolly, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, and Some Mothers Do Ave Em I haven t yet seen Barnum, but I m planning on doing so soon Michael writes of passion and respect for circus performers as he recalls his days of playing P.T Barnum.Of course, he includes stories of celebrities, family members, and friends Names he drops includes those of Bob Hope, Steve McQueen, John Lennon, Gene Kelly, and of course Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman No, this gentleman is not perfect as you ll see in one or two briefly written sections but I loved this book all the same and it s definitely something I ll want to purchase for my personal library Anything that makes me giggle is something I highly, highly recommend Besides being an actor singer and comedian, Crawford is a philanthropist, working closely with charities and in this book he documents a Save the Children trip to Africa He seems to be all heart, and I m a huge fan. I wasn t that excited about reading this I d only ever seen him in Some mothers do have them when it used to be on at my nans while we d wait for my dad to pick us up But I didn t know anything else about him I ve read 13 autobiographys these past few months and I m starting to feel abit meh about starting them However when I got into this one I really liked it Michael tell s his story well and I love hearing about the stage shows getting put together I really wish I could see Barnum, sounds amazing Every autobiography I ve read so far has mentioned somebody else that I ve already read about Planet Celebrity is very small it seems Recommened for fans of Michael and fans of stage and screen. The Phantom s mask is removed for antecdotes about life and the entertainment industry I m not usually inclined to read memoirs, but as a theatre geek I wanted a peek into Crawford s experiences in theatre, movies, TV, music studios, and radio It s written in Crawford s natural tone, meaning humorous circumstance than pomp, which makes it an enjoyable read. Do you love Some Mothers Do have them well this the book for you here he goes into great detail on the history of how Norman Wisdom was the original choose after the show came out you can see why But also takes you step mad step through the stunts which no actor today would be able to do because of insurance but then it was so different that s why we have brilliant TV show that will never again be related.We have his Phantom of the Opera his other musicals but over all this very much Oh Bettie the cats done a woopsy I have long been a fan of Michael Crawford, and I enjoyed reading about his up and down life He didn t seem to glorify himself, as some might do, but seemed to give an honest portrayal of himself and his hardships Recommended.
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