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Todd S. Purdum

Jeffrey MacMillan

Andy & Stuart Shatken

Todd S. Purdum is the author of "An Idea Whose Time Has Come" and "A Time of Our Choosing." He is a staff writer at The Atlantic. Purdum was formerly a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a senior writer at Politico, having previously worked at The New York Times for more than 20 years, where he served as White House correspondent, diplomatic correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, and their two children, Kate and Stephen. His new book is "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution."

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Scheduled events:
The Golden Age of Movie Musicals
Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Judy Garland all wrote their own chapters in the history of show business. Todd Purdum and Lorna Luft have expanded those chapters into books that Richard Hanson will open today. Purdum and Luft will discuss how Rodgers, Hammerstein and Garland (who starred in the first music-based A Star Is Born) launched a Golden Age for musicals as movies.

Social Sciences Auditorium (Seats 500)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Social Sciences Auditorium Special Signing (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Lorna Luft, Todd Purdum
Moderator: Richard Hanson
Rodgers and Hammerstein: Something Wonderful
The impact of Rodgers and Hammerstein goes well beyond Broadway. During this presentation, Tucsonan Richard Hanson — himself an expert on Broadway — will discuss their influence on American life with Todd Purdum.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Todd Purdum
Moderator: Richard Hanson

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
Book / Movie Biz
Henry Holt & Co.
April 2018
ISBN 9781627798341
Hardcover, 400 pages
$32.00, INSTORE
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A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. More/less

AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Book / Movie Biz
Henry Holt
March 2015
ISBN 9781250062468
432 pages
$18.00, INSTOCK
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"Worthy, timely, and intelligent."--The New Yorker It was a turbulent time in America--a time of sit-ins, freedom rides, a March on Washington, and a governor standing in the schoolhouse door--when John F. More/less

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Tucson Medical Center

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William & Mary Ross Foundation

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