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The Wrong Side of the Room, A Life in Music Theater
The Wrong Side of the Room: A Life in Music Theater is a richly detailed autobiography about coming of age, coming out, and becoming a respected artist. This intimate, funny, and dramatically compelling book traces Norman Mathews’s life-long quest to come to terms with his sexuality, find his place in the professional theater, and develop a meaningful loving relationship. Born into a colorful Sicilian-American family in the Scandinavian-dominated, conservative town of Rockford, Illinois, Mathews’s remarkable journey takes him from his college years in Denver to a multilayered life among show-business elite in New York City and Europe. A late starter on the path to his artistic and personal goals, the author has struggled against ageism from his early twenties and continues his fight for his rightful place as a composer and playwright.