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Stepping Out

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A booklist for: Stepping Out
Production dates: April 4-13, 2014

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of Stepping Out at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Stepping Out is a comedy/drama, written by British television writer Richard Harris in 1984. It was produced in the UK in 1984 and premiered on Broadway in 1987. Stepping Out is a rollicking comedy about the attempts of some working class amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in North London. Mavis, a former professional chorus girl tries her hardest to teach the bumbling amateurs some terpsichorean skills for an upcoming recital. But before the dancing begins Mavis must mediate the minor dramas that erupt among this motley but loveable crew on their way to triumph at their recital. (A musical version, entitled Stepping Out—The Musical, book by Richard Harris, lyrics by Mary Stewart-David, music by Denis King, and starring Liz Robertson, opened at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth 7, November 1996 and then, following a tour, at the Albery Theatre in London in October 1997, Bill Kenwright producing. The show has been adapted for American audiences by Astrid Ronning and Nina Seely as One Night A Week. — The production at The Lincoln Community Playhouse in 2014 was the non-musical version.) A motion picture adaptation came out in 1991…Liza Minnelli starred as Mavis in the popular film.  

book coverShall We Dance: The Life of Ginger Rogers
by Sheridan Morley [791.432 qRomYm]

An exciting photo-biography of the legendary Ginger Rogers pays tribute to the great actress and dancer, best known for her work with Fred Astaire, looking at all aspects of her varied career and at her sometimes difficult private life.


book coverShall We Dance?
starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers [DVD Shall]

A male ballet dancer and a female singer enter into a phony romance to generate publicity for their careers.


book coverDancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life
by Cheryl Burke [792.8 Bur]

Autobiography of Cheryl Burke, professional dancer, choreographer, and two-time champion on Dancing with the Stars.


book coverDancers Among Us: A Celebration of the Joy in the Everyday
by Jordan Matter [793.3 Mat]

The mystery of the body in motion. The surprise of seeing what seems impossible. And the pure, joyful optimism of it all. Dancers Among Us presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park. With each image the reader feels buoyed up, eager to see the next bit of magic.


book coverI Was a Dancer: A Memoir
by Jacques D’Amboise [iography D’Amboise]

In this spirited memoir, Jacques d’Amboise, one of America’s most celebrated classical dancers, and former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for more than three decades, tells the story of his life in dance, and of America’s most renowned and admired dance companies. He writes of his mother dragging her son and daughter to ballet class. We see him, a neighborhood tough, on the streets, fighting with neighborhood gangs, and taking ten classes a week at the School of American Ballet; being taught by Balanchine and other great teachers.


shallwedancegeredvdShall We Dance?
starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez [DVD Shall]

A lawyer’s life and marriage take an unexpected turn when he follows a woman to a dance studio and begins to take lessons and finds he has a passion for dance. His wife thinks he is having an affair and hires a detective to follow him.


book coverDancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy
by Barbara Ehrenreich [394.26 Ehr]

Drawing on a wealth of history and anthropology, Barbara Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. From the earliest orgiastic Mesopotamian rites to the medieval practice of Christianity as a “danced religion” and the transgressive freedoms of carnival, she demonstrates that mass festivities have long been central to the Western tradition. In recent centuries, this festive tradition has been repressed, cruelly and often bloodily. But as Ehrenreich argues in this original, exhilarating, and ultimately optimistic book, the celebratory impulse is too deeply ingrained in human nature ever to be completely extinguished.


breakfastclubdvdThe Breakfast Club
starring Elilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy [DVD Breakfast]

When Saturday detention started, they were simply the Jock, the Princess, the Brain, the Criminal and the Basket Case, but by that afternoon they had become closer than any of them could have imagined. Featuring an all-star ’80s cast including Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy, this warm-hearted coming-of-age comedy from writer/director John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, Weird Science) helped define an entire generation!

book coverCorduroy Mansions
by Alexander McCall-Smith [McCall-Smith]

In the Corduroy Mansions series of novels, set in London’s hip Pimlico neighborhood, we meet a cast of charming eccentrics, including perhaps the world’s most clever terrier, who make their home in a handsome, though slightly dilapidated, apartment block.


book coverAs Good as It Gets
starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt [DVD As]

Melvin Udall is an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan’s meanest mouth. But when his gay neighbor Simon is hospitalized, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon’s dog. And that unexpected act of kindness– along with waitress Carol Connelly– helps put Melvin back in the human race.


book coverKatie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors Into a Family
by Glenn Plaskin [363.7 Pla]

A personal memoir by bestselling author and celebrity journalist Glenn Plaskin, Katie is a moving story about a man who discovers the true meaning of family after adopting a cocker spaniel puppy. Through the magnetic personality of his mischievous dog, the author soon makes powerful connections with several of his down-the-hall neighbors in a high-rise located in the unique Battery Park City neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.


book coverTrains & Lovers
by Alexander McCall-Smith [McCall-Smith]

The rocking motion of the train as it speeds along, the sound of its wheels on the rails . . . There’s something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation, which is just what happens to the four strangers who meet in Trains and Lovers.


Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch Apr 2014 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl

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