December 18, 2011
Scranton had big role in showbiz
Los Angeles and New York are undoubtedly the hubs of American show business. But Scranton was no slouch back in the day, as Dunmore resident Nancy McDonald illustrates in her new book, "If You Can Play Scranton: A Theatrical History, 1871-2010."
Published by Archbald-based Tribute Books, the book presents a history of American theater through the lens of the many famous performers who came to Scranton, which at the turn of the 20th century was one of the most well-known try-out towns for legitimate stage productions. Ms. McDonald covers everything from the best-known actors and actresses of the tragic and comic stage to the great vaudevillians to the biggest musical stars.
A former social studies teacher at West Scranton High School, Ms. McDonald will be signing copies of the book on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Steamtown National Historic Site, 150 S. Washington Ave. For further details, call 340-5200.
The book retails for $12.95 paperback and $2.99 to $4.99 in e-book form. For more information, visit www.IfYouCanPlayScranton.com or www.tribute-books.com.