PARCEL ARRIVED SAFELY: TIED WITH STRING by Michael Crawford

PARCEL ARRIVED SAFELY: TIED WITH STRING

My Autobiography
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The autobiography of the celebrated British entertainer.

Singer and actor of stage and screen, Crawford is best known for his work in Phantom of the Opera and Barnum. This

OBE-winning actor and opera star who worked with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Gene Kelly, and Frank Sinatra tells the story

of his remarkably shy and self-conscious childhood. The scene of this nervous 21-year-old's first time with a woman could have

come right out of his long-running play No Sex Please—We're British: He didn't quite know what to do, but he knew he wanted

to play the part. "Bugger this . . . this is the Sixties! I want to be Mod." In correct cockney, he strikes the right pose and gets

his heart broken. Gifted with a strong soprano voice, however, Crawford jump-starts a career in show business with a role in

Benjamin Britten's Let's Make an Opera. Many American theater and movie fans who recognize his voice from show tunes and

movie scores will be surprised to learn that Crawford has made gold and platinum solo albums. Fortunately, Crawford never fully

outgrows his vulnerability, and remains genuinely likable while hobnobbing in Vegas with Sammy Davis Jr. or sharing a villa

with John Lennon. Like character actors in the States who get trapped by roles in hit television series, Crawford is so good in

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em that he eventually has to wonder, "How do I get rid of him?" He and his family discover that fame

can be a pain in the bum. There are some exotic memories from trips to Australia and an earthquake in Bali, but most of the

recollections are backstage meetings with older stars like Chita Rivera and Lucille Ball, along with more recent Broadway

luminaries like Tommy Tune, Bernadette Peters, and Joel Grey.

Yeah, baby! He's no Austin Powers, but a Michael Crawford fan might find this highly readable. (Doubleday Stage and

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-7126-8440-9
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Century/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2000