Act 1 (Jack & Louisa)

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Author: Keenan-Bolger, Andrew

Brand: Grosset & Dunlap

Number Of Pages: 240

Release Date: 10-02-2015

Details: Product Description A show-stopping series about life in the spotlight from Broadway actors and internet sensations Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead   Twelve-year-old Jack Goodrich was a Broadway star, with two shows under his belt and a third in rehearsals. But when his voice suddenly changes, Jack and his parents leave the spotlight and move far from New York City to Shaker Heights, Ohio. While Jack hopes to leave his Broadway past behind, his new neighbor refuses to let him off the hook. Louisa is a self-proclaimed "musical theater nerd" and can hardly believe when an actor moves to town. What's more, the local theater has announced auditions for her favorite show, Into the Woods. As the audition date looms nearer, the two are faced with difficult choices. Should Jack risk humiliation and return to the stage? Will Louisa have confidence to go it alone? And can friendship survive all those complicated octave leaps? From School Library Journal Gr 6–8—Lou, a self-proclaimed MTN (Musical Theater Nerd) returns home from summer theater camp to discover a new family, with a boy her age, moving into the neighborhood. When she spies Jack wearing a Mary Poppins Broadway show T-shirt, Lou wonders if she has found a kindred spirit, a fellow MTN. She is ecstatic to learn that Jack not only hails from New York City, but has actually appeared in several Broadway musicals. However, Jack left New York in humiliation after his voice started to change during rehearsals for a new play. When the two tenuous friends start seventh grade, Jack declares himself finished with theater, and tries out for the soccer team instead. But Lou won't give up on him, and when the community theater announces auditions for Into the Woods, she is confident that she and Jack are destined for the leads, whether he knows it or not. The story is told alternately in the voices of Lou and Jack, which allows the personalities of both characters to shine. Lou is passionate and sarcastic, Jack is angry and unsure. Their relationship develops in fits and starts as they learn to trust each other. While there are no surprises in this book, it is an entertaining examination of friendship and theater.—Nancy Nadig, Penn Manor School District, Lancaster, PA Review "Theater fans will eat this up." - Kirkus Reviews "A sweet series opener... sure to please any young MTN." - Publishers Weekly "The friendship that develops between Jack & Lou isn't just about Musical Theater Nerds (or MTNs) but finding each other. This is a loving, funny and sweet book. Can't wait for the next one." - Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth "Funny, fabulous, and most of all true, Jack & Louisa are every theater kid's new best friends." - Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever About the Author Andrew Keenan-Bolger is a musical theater actor and singer originally from Detroit. He has appeared on Broadway in Tuck Everlasting,  Newsies, Mary Poppins, and  Seussical. Andrew and Kate Wetherhead created the popular web series, "Submissions Only," which was hailed as one of  Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Things We Love." Kate Wetherhead originated the role of Chutney in   Legally Blonde: The Musical and is a fixture on the New York stage. She has performed extensively Off-Broadway and regionally, and was in the Broadway production of  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter One: Jack     “Please, no show tunes right now,” I moaned from the cave of boxes in the backseat.   “Not even Into the Woods?” my mom said sweetly, plugging her iPod into the blue stereo cable. “Stephen Sondheim always puts you in a better mood.”   “No, you can just listen to NPR or something,” I grumbled.   My mother twisted around to get a better look at me from the passenger seat. She placed a cool hand on the side of my face, then brushed a strand of hair off my forehead. I pulled away from her touch, burying my face d

EAN: 9780448478395

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New