Act One

  • by Moss Hart
  • Narrated by Jim Meskimen
  • 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Moss Hart's Act One, which Lincoln Center Theater presented in 2014 as a play written and directed by James Lapine, is one of the greatest American memoirs - a glorious memorial to a bygone age filled with all the wonder, drama, and heartbreak that surrounded Broadway in the early 20th century. Hart's story inspired a generation of theatergoers, dramatists, and readers everywhere as he eloquently chronicled his impoverished childhood and his long, determined struggle to reach the opening night of his first Broadway hit. Act One is the quintessential American success story.


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Customer Reviews

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Astonishing story of how this poor boy becomes a major playwright. Those people who think being in the entertainment business is glamorous or easy would do well to read this anxiety ridden, sometimes heartbreaking, often harrowing but ultimately uplifting story. one of the best autobiographies I've ever listened to. The narrator was perfection.
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- triathlondude

Good but not great

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, especially if you like theater. The story, about the early days of Broadway, is fascinating and Hart finds himself in all sorts of interesting situations.

What other book might you compare Act One to and why?

A little bit to Neil Simon's memoirs, especially in showing how playwriting actually happens.

What didn’t you like about Jim Meskimen’s performance?

He was way too slow a reader, pauses too long. I had to listen to it at 1.5 speed and it still sounded normal.

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- Cool dude

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.