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.
To be released on Sept. 26, a
story of my hometown and my former teacher and mentor:
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Why would the multimillionaire
producer of Cats, 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 Misérables?
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.
Published by Riverhead
Release: September 2013/Hardcover