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I'm getting my act together and taking it on the road : a musical

Author: Nancy Ford; Gretchen Cryer
Publisher: New York : S. French, ©1980.
Series: French's musical library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This classic of 1970s feminism is a "consideration of life and love from the point of view of a woman taking her first steps along the rocky road of independence. Today is entertainer Heather Jones' 39th birthday, and to celebrate, she is preparing a new act for her nightclub opening that evening. Her new act is very personal, 'an explanation of where I'm coming from,' she tells her chagrined manager, Joe; she wants  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Librettos
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Ford; Gretchen Cryer
ISBN: 0573680957 9780573680953
OCLC Number: 6568477
Description: 57 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series Title: French's musical library.
Other Titles: I'm getting my act together and taking it on the road.
Responsibility: music by Nancy Ford ; book & lyrics by Gretchen Cryer.

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This classic of 1970s feminism is a "consideration of life and love from the point of view of a woman taking her first steps along the rocky road of independence. Today is entertainer Heather Jones' 39th birthday, and to celebrate, she is preparing a new act for her nightclub opening that evening. Her new act is very personal, 'an explanation of where I'm coming from,' she tells her chagrined manager, Joe; she wants to describe what it feels like to be approaching 40 and learning to make her own way. ('Oh, you're not 39,' Joe insists. 'Look at these lines in my face,' she retorts. 'We'll fix it with the lights,' he replies.) Through the songs and sketches that comprise her act--and through the constant interruptions by Joe with his own hilariously revealing, chauvinistic comments and complaints--Heather tells of the trials of becoming her own independent woman, of doing her 'Strong Woman Number,' as she puts it. Poignantly wry, she tells Of growing up in the pre-feminist 1950s ('The woman has to go 75% of the way because the man will go only 25%, if that much,' her mother instructed her); of her failed marriage, plagued by a lack of communication and emotional dishonesty; of trying to go it alone, discovering that she has become 'so self-sufficient I'm so easy to leave'--her lover thinks she's the most wonderful woman he has ever known, 'and yet, where is he? Right back there with his wife.' Here is a play that will strike the light of recognition in every reader, a clever, uplifting look at life in the 'age of liberation.'"--Adapted from dust jacket of Doubleday edition.

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