(Documentary) (grateful thanks)
"Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille"
Did You Know?
The backstage musical came about because a lot of people then and now had a problem with people breaking into song within an ostensibly realistic setting. Where does the orchestra come from? In a backstage musical we're on stage, so that's not a problem.
American writer and biographer, specialising in Hollywood's silent era. He is also books editor and arts writer for The Palm Beach Post.