"Friday Night Lights "meets "Glee" the incredible and true story of an extraordinary drama teacher who has changed the lives of thousands of students and inspired a town.
Why would the multimillionaire producer of "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Miss Saigon "take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of "Les Miserables"? To see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows like "Rent "and "Spring" "Awakening "before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation. Volpe's students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders. Michael Sokolove, a Levittown native and former student of Volpe's, chronicles the drama director's last school years and follows a group of student actors as they work through riveting dramas both on and off the stage. This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater.
About the Author
Michael Sokolove is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine," as well as the author of three previous books, "The Ticket Out," " Hustle," and "Warrior Girls." He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.