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Joel Grey, the Tony and Academy Award–winning Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret finally tells his remarkable life story.

Born Joel David Katz to a wild and wooly Jewish American family in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932, Joel began his life in theater at the age of nine, starting in children’s theater and then moving to the main stage. He was hooked, and his seven decades long career charts the evolution of American entertainment—from Vaudeville performances with his father, Mickey Katz, to the seedy gangster-filled nightclubs of the forties, the bright lights of Broadway, and dizzying glamour of Hollywood, to juggernaut musicals like Cabaret, Chicago, and Wicked.

Master of Ceremonies is a memoir of a life lived in and out of the limelight, but it is also the story of the man behind the stage makeup. Coming of age in a time when being yourself tended to be not only difficult but also dangerous, Joel has to act both on and off the stage. He spends his high school years sleeping with the girls-next-door while carrying on a scandalous affair with an older man. Romances with to-die-for Vegas Showgirls are balanced with late night liaisons with like-minded guys, until finally Joel falls in love and marries a talented and beautiful woman, starts a family, and has a pretty much picture perfect life. But twenty-four years later when the marriage dissolves, Joel has to once again find his place in a world that has radically changed.

Drawing back the curtain on a career filled with show-stopping numbers, larger-than-life stars, and even singing in the shower with Bjork, Master of Ceremonies is also a portrait of an artist coming to terms with his evolving identity. When an actor plays a character, he has to find out what makes them who they are; their needs, dreams, and fears. It’s a difficult thing to do, but sometimes the hardest role in an actor’s life is that of himself. Deftly capturing the joy of performing as well as the pain and secrets of an era we have only just started to leave behind, Joel’s story is one of love, loss, hard-won honesty, redemption, and success.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joel’s story comes straight from his heart right into yours.”

    Carol Burnett, American actress and comedian

  • “A very honest and moving telling of a very complicated and talented life. By the end, it’s inspirational.”

    Larry Kramer, playwright and author

  • “We all know that Joel Grey has lived an extraordinary life—from nightclubs to Broadway to the silver screen—but who knew he could write about it with such artistry? At once a riveting, heartbreaking memoir, thrilling show business tell-all, and a portrait of a changing time and nation, Master of Ceremonies is the remarkable story of a living legend.”

    Gay Talese, bestselling author of The Silent Season of a Hero

  • “Broadway and film icon Joel Grey offers a candid, heartfelt, and endearing memoir infused with great humanity…This is an insightful, delightful adult listening experience about someone you may think you know. Surprises abound.”

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