Drama Book Shop to Host Q&a and Book Signing for “Better Nate Than Ever” With Author Tim Federle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
DRAMA BOOK SHOP TO HOST
Q&A AND BOOK SIGNING
COMING-OF-AGE BROADWAY NOVEL
“B E T T E R N A T E T H A N E V E R”
THOMAS SCHUMACHER TO MODERATE
BOOK TO BE RELEASED BY SIMON & SCHUSTER
ON THE SAME DAY
New York, NY (1/24/13) – The Drama Book Shop (250 W. 40th Street, NYC) will host a Q&A and book signing with Tim Federle, author of the Broadway coming-of-age novel Better Nate Than Ever, on February 5th at 5:30 PM. The Q&A will be moderated by Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Productions. Already earning rave reviews from critics and celebrities alike, Better Nate Than Ever, Federle’s debut novel, is being released the same day by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The book recently launched at the Junior Theater Festival, for an enthusiastic audience of over 4000 theater-loving kids.
Better Nate Than Ever invites readers on an adventure with Nate Foster, a small-town eighth grader with big-city dreams. From the book jacket: “For Nate’s whole life, all he’s wanted is to be in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.”
On writing Better Nate Than Ever, Federle says: “While I was on the artistic staff of Billy Elliot, I was struck by how these teenagers had to carry such a gigantic show on their shoulders—it was like Hamlet with acne—and then come offstage and be expected to finish their science homework. Ultimately, Better Nate Than Ever is for anyone who knows that the fastest way to star in your own life story is to dream big, no matter how small you are.”
Better Nate Than Ever can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com now and will be available wherever books are sold beginning February 5, 2013.
Date / Time: Tuesday, February 5, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Event: Thomas Schumacher moderates a discussion with Better Nate Than Ever author Tim Federle, followed by a book signing.
Location: The Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th Street, NYC
Price: FREE and Open to the Public
Tim Federle was born in San Francisco, grew up in Pittsburgh, and began crashing New York auditions as a teenager, landing in five Broadway shows, from Gypsy (starring Bernadette Peters) to The Little Mermaid (starring Tim in a catfish costume), with stops at Radio City, the Met, and a Super Bowl Half-time Show along the way. In recent years, Federle has penned popular columns for Apartment Therapy and Huffington Post, choreographed routines for Sting and James Taylor at Carnegie Hall, and coached the child stars of Billy Elliot on Broadway—the inspiration for Federle’s debut novel, Better Nate Than Ever.
A theatre kid from day one, Thomas Schumacher grew up outside of San Francisco with dreams of acting, singing, and RUNNING his own theatre company. The acting and singing didn’t work out so well but as president of Disney Theatrical Group, Schumacher has produced some of musical theatre’s biggest hits including THE LION KING, ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE’S AIDA, TARZAN®, MARY POPPINS with Cameron Mackintosh, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and NEWSIES. He was also responsible for developing the Broadway play, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, and bringing HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: ON STAGE to theatres and schools around the world. In addition to his work in theatre, Schumacher supervised the development and production of more than twenty animated feature films for Disney including THE LION KING, MULAN, LILO AND STITCH, POCAHONTAS, TARZAN®.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT “BETTER NATE THAN EVER”
“Hilarious and heartwarming…this book soars.”
—Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW
“This talented first-time author has made the classic Chorus Line theme
modern and bright for the Glee generation.”
“The book I needed–and would have adored–when I was a kid.
Federle writes from the heart and hits you in the gut–not to mention your funny bone.”
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of the hit ABC TV show Modern Family
“A smash hit! If there were a Tony Award for books, it would go to Better Nate Than Ever.”
—Alan Menken, Tony and Oscar-winning composer of Newsies and Beauty and the Beast
TO DOWNLOAD BOOK COVER:
Go to: http://www.oandmco.com/clients/better-nate-than-ever/
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