Late David Clive shares ‘Theatre Tales (Pre-Andrew Lloyd Webber)’

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New marketing campaign set for memoir collecting producer’s 40 years worth of backstage experiences

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Clive proclaims. Readers will witness the artists’ passion, what they give to their practice and to their audiences, and the human side behind the roles they play.

The late David Clive shares stories and folderol of the theatre and its denizens, most of them true, as seen from 40 years backstage. These are the posthumously published “Theatre Tales (Pre-Andrew Lloyd Webber)” (published by iUniverse) of a veteran stage manager and producer that give readers an intimate yet humorous glimpse of not only their art and profession, but also of the talented personalities involved in every facet of stagecraft.

“It is widely believed that if you mention anything to an actor that happened more than 20 years ago, he or she will either laugh or cry,” Clive says, his point being that events in the show business tend to attain a larger than life quality, at least to the participants, either sadder or funnier than they would be if normal people were involved. He discloses how he earned a precarious living in various facets of the profession for nearly 40 years, while observing, with wonder, these often bizarre moments. To him, it seemed a waste to have them all disappear in time.

“Therefore, in the interest of preserving a record of the antics of my fellow workers, from Ethel Merman to Vincent Price, I dedicate this book. If you enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed living it, I will consider the effort eminently worthwhile.” Clive proclaims. Readers will witness the artists’ passion, what they give to their practice and to their audiences, and the human side behind the roles they play. Clive offers them this, a backstage pass unlike any other, to see these “Theatre Tales (Pre-Andrew Lloyd Webber).”

“Theatre Tales (Pre-Andrew Lloyd Webber)”
By David Clive
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 340 pages | ISBN 9780595173891
E-Book | 340 pages | ISBN 9781469794372
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
David Clive was the son of a successful actor, E.E. Clive. He grew up in Hollywood during the 1930’s. When his father died in 1940, the family fortunes changed and Clive somehow survived WWII first as an RAF pilot, then in the US Army Air Force. He started his career in the theatre beginning in 1946. Clive quickly moved into the roles of stage manager, director and producer over his 40 year career. His greatest successes were as a stage manager for a number of highly successful Broadway shows. One of the most memorable was the one man show with Vincent Price called “Diversions and Delights” about Oscar Wilde. Clive retired from the theatre in the 1980’s and began sailing and living on his self-built 46 foot trimaran for a number of years. He passed away in 2001.

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