From the Foreword by Mary Ellin Barrett: It’s a new way of looking at World War II, from a new angle . . . a "backstage" story that ultimately involves transporting a full-scale Broadway musical revue to Great Britain in the blitz, the Italian ...
front lines, the Persian desert and the jungles of New Guinea. From all levels of show business, performers were taking their talents to the edges of the battleground—from the smallest USO troupe to the great stars of stage, screen, radio and concert halls. But nothing could compare to the mind-boggling logistics of "This Is the Army": the scenery, the costumes, the lights, the setting up, taking down, moving on, with a cast of 150 to be billeted and fed, under the dual command of Army brass and the civilian Mr. Berlin, not always in perfect accord. . . . That is the wonderful story Alan Anderson has to tell in The Songwriter Goes to War, a long lost tale of frontline show business that only he at the center could have attempted—and finally has.
Number of pages: 362
Date of publication: 2004-05-xx
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