Victoria Noe has been a writer most of her life, but didn’t admit it until 2009. After earning a Masters from the University of Iowa in Speech and Dramatic Art, she moved to Chicago, where she worked professionally as a stage manager, director and administrator in addition to being a founding board member of the League of Chicago Theatres. She was a professional fundraiser, raising money for arts, educational and AIDS service organizations, and an award-winning sales consultant of children’s books. She also trained hundreds of people around the country in marketing, event planning and grant writing. But after a concussion impacted her ability to continue in sales, she switched gears to keep a promise to a friend to write a book. Her freelance articles have appeared in Windy City Times and the Chicago Tribune, and her first in a series of books on the experience of grieving the death of a friend will be published in January, 2013. A native St. Louisan, she’s a lifelong Cardinals fan and will gladly take on any comers in musical theatre trivia. Her website is www.friendgrief.com.
BWW Reviews: Cara Black's MURDER BELOW MONTPARNASSE
April 30, 2013
Murder Below Montparnasse is the 13th installment of Cara Black's series about Parisian private investigator Aimee Leduc. Not only was I sad when it ended, but I wanted to read more.
BWW Reviews: FORTUNE IN MY EYES: A Memoir of Broadway Glamor, Social Justice, and Political Passion
April 4, 2013
Fortune in My Eyes is a fascinating chronicle of how one man, over six decades, moved easily between the glamorous world of theatre and the gritty world of the disenfranchised (gays, prisoners, ex-cons, AIDS patients). And if it seems at times as if he's lived a Forrest Gump-like life, well, that's not a criticism.
BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES From Stage to Screen
March 4, 2013
What looks deceptively like just a pretty book is love letter to the talented artists who brought Victor Hugo's tale to life. Nightingale and Palmer have created a fitting homage to one of the most important musicals in theatre history and its ground-breaking film version.
BWW Reviews: PERFORMANCE OF THE CENTURY: 100 YEARS OF ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION AND THE RISE OF PROFESSIONAL AMERICAN THEATER
February 1, 2013
In an age where union-bashing is all the rage, Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater by Robert Simonson is a powerful chronicle of excellence achieved by union professionals.
BWW Book Reviews: THE BROADWAY MUSICALS QUIZ BOOK
January 20, 2013
No matter how much you think you know about musical theatre, this book will delight and enlighten you. It might also make you scream.
BWW Book Reviews: LOVE IS THE CURE: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS by Elton John
December 17, 2012
A lot of musicians have written books lately: Pete Townsend, Neil Young, Patti Smith, among others. They tend to be memoirs filled with tales of past debaucheries and feuds, creative process and awards. But Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS by Elton John is a very different kind of celebrity tell-all.