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George Perry

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steven_stuart 06:24 pm MST 03/23/11
In reply to: re: Steve Margoshes - rockfenris2005 07:47 am MST 03/23/11

> And I've said this to you before, but I love George
> Perry's "Phantom" book. I remember coming across a copy
> when I was about 17. I am being totally honest here, but I
> was completely entranced by this book for the rest of that
> night. I couldn't put it down.
> But I had to return it to the library after a fortnight.
> Finally, last year, I got my copy and I treasure it a lot.
> I always enjoy reading it and it's the most thoroughly
> researched and impressive document on "Phantom" I have
> ever seen, though I have heard good things about the
> Annotated Phantom as well.

I have read George's books and I have read your writing about theatre history. I am convinced that you could write books like George if you wanted to. There can be a lot of money in it. George says that the "Phantom" book (his most successful in his career) paid for his son to attend Westminster Boy's School (which ain't cheap).

> Actually, I heard the Really Useful Group were giving out
> copies in a "Phantom" competition, which is wonderful.

Oh. That's interesting. What was the competition?

> I wasn't successful in getting my copy of his "Sunset
> Boulevard" book, which I've known about for quite some
> time, but I will get there in the end.

Do you mean its not available? You can have my copy.

> I was hoping he would have written a book for "Love Never
> Dies" but that was before I knew the storyline of the show
> and I'm now glad that he hasn't.

I think his "BOOH" book will be better than a "Love Never Dies" book. Some negative people have suggested that George Perry got the "BOOH" job because he is married to Frances Perry but I think you would be willing to testify that he is a brilliant writer. Its actually just a fluke that he is married to a producer.

You say about a "Love Never Dies" book but George completed a "Jesus Christ Superstar" book ages ago. For some strange legal reason, it can't be published. I am not sure if its Stigwood or Land or ALW/Tim Rice causing the problem. I am researching it and trying to get to the bottom of it. I would so love to see a great "JCS" book published.

Elva is trying to push George to fight for it. Especially because "JCS" is coming back into fashion. The new Kenny Ortega arena tour will make it even bigger. Apparently, ALW was watching Michael Jackson's "This Is It" film and he said: "Get me Kenny Ortega! I want him for Superstar!"

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