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