Friday, January 13, 2017

"UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS" IS THE MUST-READ MEMOIR OF 2017 (AND IT'S ONLY JANUARY!)


In October of last year, I was commissioned by author Ron Fassler to illustrate his historical memoir of Broadway entitled UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS. It's a fantastic read: sharp, witty, and a wonderfully warm personal account of Ron's 40 plus years of attending Broadway productions. It's so engrossing, that I read it twice. 

I'm proud to tell you that I have drawn eight original caricatures to accompany his stirring prose, and the book is now available for pre-order here. You should also read Ron's blog at ronfassler.org daily too as he writes about his observations of Broadways happenings each and every day. 

This is the first book I've ever illustrated and I couldn't be prouder to be part of Ron's singular, sensational story. Here are just three of the illustrations I did for him. One is of the Broadway musical 1776 which starred William Daniels, Howard Da Silva and Ken Howard. 

Original caricature by Jeff York of the Broadway play "1776." (copyright 2017)
The second is of Julie Harris in the stage comedy FORTY CARATS. 

Original caricature by Jeff York of Julie Harris in the play "Forty Carats." (copyright 2017)
And the third is of THE MUSIC MAN himself, Robert Preston. Preston happens to be Ron's all-time favorite actor. (He's one of mine too!)

Original caricature by Jeff York of Robert Preston in "The Music Man" on Broadway. (copyright 2017)
 To see the five others I drew that accompany Ron's prose, you will have to buy the book. But you'd want to even if my caricatures weren't included. Ron's tales, anecdotes and knowledge of Broadway are truly enthralling.

So if you're a fan of the arts, and you are obviously if you're reading and following my blog The Establishing Shot, then you owe it to yourself to pre-order this must-read book today. It provides a truly one-of-a-kind glance into what went into dozens and dozens of stage productions that Ron saw from his youth on, during five decades of intrepid theatergoing. 

Bravo, Ron! And thank you for the privilege to be a part of this exciting adventure of yours. 

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