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First, the title is a sham. Cy Feuer is not the Last Great Broadway Showman. I think that nod could go to David Merrick or Cameron Mackintosh since they both produced Broadway shows past Feuer and Martin's careers.
The book is interesting in seeing how tenuous producing a Broadway musical can be. What I was longing for, and never got, was what happened with the genesis of such major flops as Whoop-Up!
As this is a personal memoir, one needs to go to other sources to get more information about the shows that Feuer & Martin put on or almost put on. For example, regarding Pipe Dream, Feuer never mentions that Richard Rodgers early on developed an extreme dislike for him which is one reason they were pushed out of the picture. Also, regarding The Music Man, Feuer fails to realize that show he would have produced would probably have not been the same show that Kermit Bloomgarten ultimately produced.
The narration is less than stellar. Mr Blumenfeld tends to rush in parts, slurring his words.
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A wonderful book and a thoroughly engrossing tale of some of America's most beloved musicals. Success doesn't come by itself but good fortune and good timing plays it's part when brilliant dedicated people collide and create a masterpiece. What a life. What a contribution.
M. E. R.