Backstage Celebrity Secrets Fascinate and Titillate in Ted Norman’s Roman Á Clef

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A unique view of the entertainment industry and its periphery, from the wings, and from under the shadows deep in the underworld of life, both on and off stage.

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The celebrated roman á clef, written by “ENY” as remembered by show business veteran Ted Norman, is creating bicoastal waves of semi-panic as “inquiring minds” breathlessly wait to read the skinny on what they have suspected and wondered about all along: there is plenty of scandal in tinsel town to go around but whose is it? Why Must the Show Go On? is exactly as promised, a view from the wings and from under the shadows of the biggest names in the business on both coasts over the past half century.

The author ENY omits nothing as he spills the best guarded secrets of the veterans of stage, screen and the White House for the past five or six decades. The sizzling hot memoir written, as remembered by show business “wunderkind” Norman, evokes tears one minute and laughter the next in a no-holds-barred tell all that will send at least a few of the still living characters into orbit.

Not since Valley of the Dolls has a book release made waves among the New York and Hollywood Old Guard. Although a number of the characters are based on household names that now sleep in Heavenly Peace, there are enough of them who are still kicking to shake up the show biz elite aplenty. As is his wont, Ted Norman takes no prisoners and neither does ENY as he delivers the goods so carefully preserved for posterity by the elusive Ted Norman.

The reader will not need a crystal ball to recognize most of the well celebrated names in the semi-historical memoir that chronicles Norman’s Baltimore childhood, bawdy adolescence and rogue youth as the Paul McCartney lookalike becomes the youngest man in history to manage several major theater venues. The aging Norman reflects on life in the fast lane among the rich and famous, coming out as a homosexual long before “gay rights” was a phrase anyone used, and getting computerized ticketing up and running before anyone owned a PC.

Dishing on his shocking advice from Judy Garland, orgies with baby faced minstrels, Liberace’s intimate words with the country’s first transgender, walking into an infamous rape crime scene, steering a befuddled US President in the right direction at the White House, shopping in Japan with one of America’s best known and well-loved Diva’s, and sharing exquisite memories of his nearly four decades with America’s most beloved composer, Ted Norman’s life reads like a decade of National Enquirer headlines times ten.

Hilarious, ultra sexy, poignant, witty and tragic: Why Must the Show Go On? has it all. This is the book that will have you mentally casting every character for the big screen. A baby boomer’s treasure trove of gossip, Ted Norman casts new light on Gender Bending and Queer Theory as he adamantly announces he is not gay but rather homosexual and yes, there is a difference! Be sure to preorder your copy on Amazon, this one is a sure sell-out.

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A View From the Wings and Under the Shadows
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 245 pages; 978-1-4771-5311-6
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