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.”
-- Margo, LONG BRANCH DAILY RECORD
"I thought the book was terrible. To tell you the truth, I never finished
-- 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"
-- Joe Pollack, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
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.
-- WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY
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.