Disney Theatrical president Thomas Schumacher in conversation with Tim Federle: Reading and Book signing (FREE)
Join Disney Theatrical Group president Thomas Schumacher as he talks to Broadway dancer Tim Federle about his debut novel, BETTER NATE THAN EVER
Tim Federle was a teenager when he left Pittsburgh to pursue his Broadway dreams. Ten years and five Broadway shows later, Tim was inspired to write his first novel for young readers after coaching the child stars of BILLY ELLIOT on Broadway. To celebrate the official publication of BETTER NATE THAN EVER, Tim sits down with Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group, to discuss his journey from dancer to writer. And possibly back again, depending on how fast his insurance runs out.
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Advance reviews TIME Magazine for Kids' featured winter book
"Hilarious and heartwarming…this book soars." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Bravo, Nate!" —Kirkus Reviews
"A smash hit! If there were a Tony Award for books, it would go to BETTER NATE THAN EVER." —Alan Menken, Tony and Oscar-winning composer of NEWSIES and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
About the Author:
Tim Federle is the author of over seven hundred emails. Born in beautiful San Francisco and raised in character-building Pittsburgh, Tim discovered show tunes in elementary school, prompting bullies to discover Tim. Armed only with grit (and his father's credit card), Tim fled to New York City as a teenager. He has since worn a Tina Turner wig at the Super Bow, a polar bear suit at Radio City, and a big fat grin in five Broadway shows. BETTER NATE THAN EVER is Tim's first novel. Say hi at TimFederle.com and on Twitter @TimFederle
About the Host: A theatre kid from day one, Thomas Schumacher grew up outside of San Francisco with dreams of acting, singing, and RUNNING his own theatre company. The acting and singing didn't work out so well but as president of Disney Theatrical Group, Schumacher has produced some of musical theatre's biggest hits including THE LION KING, ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S AIDA, TARZAN®, MARY POPPINS with Cameron Mackintosh, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and NEWSIES. He was also responsible for developing the Broadway play, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, and bringing HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: ON STAGE to theatres and schools around the world. In addition to his work in theatre, Schumacher supervised the development and production of more than twenty animated feature films for Disney including THE LION KING, MULAN, LILO AND STITCH, POCAHONTAS, TARZAN®.
About the Book:
Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he's wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he'd settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he's stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby's help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There's an open casting call for E.T.: THE MUSICAL, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.