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lso by Don Dunn, the book that created a theater-world sensation: The Making of ‘No, No, Nanette’

Here’s some of the praise garnered by Don Dunn’s first book, which made headlines when excerpts appeared in New York Magazine as that publication’s first-ever two-part condensation.

The Season by William Goldman, Act I by Moss Hart, and Don Dunn’s The Making of No, No, Nanette are the three best books ever written about how Broadway shows are put together! ”
-- A major theater critic, THE NEW YORK TIMES!

“ It has been said that Cyma Rubin [producer] always wanted to make a name for herself. With Don Dunn’s help, she has succeeded…she is, in the book, unilaterally referred to as “the black witch.”

"I thought the book was terrible. To tell you the truth, I never finished it."
-- Ruby Keeler, star, to Rex Reed, SUNDAY HERALD TRAVELER

"Dunn, extremely knowledgeable of the Broadway scene, has done a good job telling the wild and wacky story… There is a lot of verbal blistering of people by other people, plenty of theatrical backbiting, and a good look at show-business personalities"

It takes the reader along in a swirl of emotions. One moment you’re in the 1920s with an irascible producer, Harry Frazee, fighting to turn the original “Nanette” into a hit…Then you’re in the ‘30’s with Busby Berkley dazzling filmgoers and Jolson electrifying Broadway. Then you’re in the present in a drab rehearsal hall with Ruby Keeler reluctantly tapping her heart out. It all comes alive, magically. You’re there, sharing the high moments and the heartbreak.
-- Manhattan’s Our Town, by Christopher Michaels

In the book, Mrs. Rubin, initially a co-producer with Harry Rigby whose idea the “Nanette” revival seems to be in the first place, is characterized as a testy, interfering ogre… her behind-the scenes backbiting behavior devoured most of the people she came in contact with.
-- Kevin Kelly, BOSTON GLOBE

The importance of this book lies not so much in what Ruby Keeler, Patsy Kelly or Busby Berkley did or did not do to help make “Nanette” a solid gold hit. The work’s importance lies in the fact that it is a starkly revealing document reflecting the sad and shabby truths of Broadway, as well as account for some of its glory and exhilaration.
–- Robert Downing, The DENVER POST

With an exciting story and an incredible cast, The Making of No, No, Nanette provides as much innocent enjoyment and a little more drama than “Nanette” herself, and that cannot be said of many books about the current Broadway theater.

Now out of print in both the hardcover (a “Book-of-the-Month Club” alternate selection) and the popular Dell paperback editions, copies can often be found among second-hand and “classic” dealers. Check www.bookfinder.com or your favorite “used books” source.