Showbiz is a case of art imitating life for up-and-coming Broadway producer Ruby Preston…
To say that my personal experiences as a Broadway producer have inspired SHOWBIZ would be the understatement of the century. In fact, it was entirely thanks to my crazy experiences – and a few clever friends who suggested over drinks one night that I put my stories down in writing – that my heroine Scarlett Savoy and this whole novel came about!
If you want my juiciest stories, you’ll have to read SHOWBIZ. But let’s just say that show business is riddled with contrasts. From rehearsals in rat-infested basements to red carpets and paparazzi. From meetings where the agenda items include discussing a $10 million budget followed by what kind of “look” we want for a fairy godmother in Act 2. And keep in mind that most of these meetings are populated by men in ties discussing said fairy godmothers. Can you picture it?
In these meetings, each decision can feel like it’s make or break, risky, high stakes. And yet, when you take a step back, you can’t help but smile at the subject matter. It’s a crazy business.
Despite the myriad challenges I’ve faced as a young producer, there’s no arguing the fact that I feel lucky every day to work in a business where the shows I produce can have such a vital impact on people. Theater speaks to audiences deeply and can change lives.
Many of you reading this may have been personally affected by live theater. Maybe it was the first time you saw Les Miz or Phantom or Wicked. There’s no doubt that what happens on stage transcends our daily lives. But, as you’ll learn in Showbiz, A Novel that path to Broadway may not be what you think.
Set amid the twinkling marquees of modern day Times Square, Showbiz is a juicy behind-the-scenes glimpse into the delicious and malicious world of Broadway. After four years, slaving away as the under-appreciated apprentice to the brilliant but ruthless “King of Broadway,” Scarlett is finally on her way to becoming a Broadway producer. A shocking suicide turns Broadway on its head and Scarlett finds herself at the center of the storm as everything she thought she knew about the business of Broadway begins to unravel. A chance meeting with an influential gossip columnist sparks romance – but can he be trusted? Scarlett is forced to decide to what lengths she’ll go, who she’s willing to become, and what she’ll sacrifice, to achieve her Broadway dreams.
Ruby Preston is an up-and-coming Broadway producer currently working on several new musicals on the Great White Way. She couldn’t be more thrilled to be living her dreams in the Times Square trenches of Manhattan. Ruby loves hearing from readers and Broadway fans so feel free to drop her note via Twitter @Broadwayruby or visit her website at http://www.rubypreston.com.