The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

Milicent Patrick was one of the most remarkable women working in Hollywood. After being one of Disney’s earliest female animators, she moved her talents onscreen, working primarily as a background extra in many films. She should best be known as the designer of the titular monster in the movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. Yet her contributions have gone largely unknown, stripped from cinema history by a male colleague with an ego. Her life went so underreported that when filmmaker Mallory O’Meara set out to write a biography of Patrick, she wasn’t even sure that she was deceased.

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Book Lists

5 Broadway Backstage Books

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Anyone who spends longer than a few minutes with me knows that I like theatre, particularly musical theatre. When the lights dim, the house hushes, and the first notes of the overture start— there aren’t many moments more magical than that.

Fortunately, even when I’m not able to attend a show, there are plenty of books around that make me feel as if I’m practically there. Even better are the books that pull back the curtain and show the inner-workings of a production. After all, what shows up on the stage is only the final part of the process.

How do performers prepare for a role? What’s the writing process like? What happens if a show is a flop? Who are the crew members who make the whole show work night after night?

All of those questions and more are answered in the books below.

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