by Ellen Tovatt Leary
Romance, Historical Romance
Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group
Young actress Nina Landau is living in New York City, trying to make it on Broadway in the early ‘70s. Travel back in time with The Understudy—a book actor Stacy Keach calls a “…must read for all lovers of theater…”
Follow Nina as she braves auditions and eventually succeeds on the Broadway stage. Discover the backstage drama, how Broadway actors brave the occasional mistakes and celebrate opening night at Sardi’s! Although Nina’s adventure is from another era, her love story is timeless.
About the Author
Ellen Tovatt Leary is an actor and writer born in New York City. She performed in theaters across the country, including Broadway, off-Broadway, and many regional theaters. She worked with Hal Prince, Maureen Stapleton, James Hammerstein, and many others. After a life-long career in the theater, Ellen started writing. For fourteen years, she was on the writing staff of the Carnegie Hill News in New York. She has published short stories, poems, and two widely acclaimed books: her memoir “Mother, Once Removed” (2015) and her novel “The Understudy” (2020).