Saturday, August 6, 2011

Five Favorite Theater Books

I feel like I have often discussed my love of books with musicals lately. I'm not sure if this is true, but it sure does feel like my brain (and blog) have been very musical-y. In honor of that, I thought I'd post about five of my favorite books that feature a musical or just straight-up theater. There are loads more that I like, but these are the first that came to mind. Huzzah.

1. Castration Celebration by Jake Wizner - This book is so delightfully crude and hilarious. I haven't read it in a couple years but I still can recall and laugh at some of the wonderful songs it includes. 

2. TMI by Sarah Quigley - This book contains a production of Grease but does not focus on it; it's like a fun added bonus. This book is also hilarious, but not crudely so, like Castration Celebration. It's also quite adorable and fast, and I don't understand why more people do not join me in like for this book.

3. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson - Maureen Johnson is the queen of my heart and I think this book is my favorite of hers. It's weird and quirky and funny and has Hamlet on unicycles, so there's really no way to go wrong with it.

4. Spinning Out by David Stahler Jr. - I read this one recently but very much liked it, mostly because of how in to the musical Man of La Mancha one of the main characters is. He takes his love far, and while it was a bit creepy, I appreciate those with passion.

5.  My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman - This one is wacky and fun and witty in all the best ways, and it has Shakespeare! (Specifically, As You Like It.) I also haven't read this one in ages but can still remember a lot about it, which, if you know me and my poor book memory, is quite a feat.


  1. I really did love My Invented Life. I need to buy myself a copy so I can re-read it soon!

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  3. I agree. TMI was so funny and perfect. More people should read it!!!