|About the Book|
Saul Chaplin worked on more than sixty films as a songwriter, vocal arranger, pianist, musical director, or producer. He received Academy Award nominations for Kiss Me Kate, High Society, An American in Paris, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and West Side Story and won Academy Awards for the last three. He was also the associate producer on The Sound of Music, the most popular movie musical ever filmed. In this fascinating autobiography he takes us inside the music departments of Hollywoods big studios and reveals how the classic musicals were planned, prepared and produced. Chaplin knew most of the major songwriters and performers of his era. The reader sees them through his eyes in working situations. In separate chapters Chaplin describes Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Al Jolson, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, Frank Sinatra, and others. His insiders memoir is uniquely focused on the behind-the-scenes aspect of moviemaking.