A witty and informative review of the superstar careers of Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, and Frank Sinatra, and the special place all three hold in American culture. The talk is based on Mr. Santopietro’s bestselling books The Importance of Being Barbra, Considering Doris Day and Sinatra in Hollywood and The Godfather Effect. In addition to fantastic “behind the scenes” information, the talk is also an examination of the evolution of pop culture in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Santopietro, a native of Waterbury, Connecticut, is the author of two highly acclaimed books published by St. Martin’s Press: The Importance of Being Barbra (2006) and The New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Considering Doris Day (2007).
After attending Taft School, Tom graduated from Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.), Phi Beta Kappa with departmental honors in English. He then worked as a tennis professional before attending the University of Connecticut School of Law, graduating with a JD.
Upon graduation from law school he moved to New York City where he founded his own agency representing designers and directors of Broadway shows. He then began his career as a manager of Broadway shows and during the next twenty years worked as a company and/or stage manager of shows such as A Few Good Men, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife , Master Class , Noises Off, Benefactors , and Jersey Boys . He has worked directly with actors ranging from Glenn Close, Patti LuPone, Liam Neeson and Tommy Tune to Jason Robards, Valerie Harper and Bea Arthur.
Tom’s first book, The Importance of Being Barbra, was published in June 2006. Published to widespread acclaim the book was hailed by leading American playwright A.R. Gurney (Love Letters) as “an astute and thorough analysis of Streisand’s career told in a brisk and engaging style while carefully establishing Streisand as a major cultural icon. A witty analysis of the storied career of Barbra Streisand and her place in the context of American culture, The Importance of Being Barbra will soon be published in numerous foreign countries, beginning with China.
Tom’s second book, an examination of Hollywood’s biggest ever female box office attraction entitled Considering Doris Day, was published in April 2007, garnering laudatory reviews. Said nationally syndicated columnist Liz Smith, “ Luckily, Tom Santopietro exists to put Doris Day’s great talent and career into the proper perspective. Passionate and acute in its critique, there is something thrilling about Doris Day being re-discovered, especially when the archaeologist of this American treasure- Mr. Santopietro- is so right-on-the-money.”
Tom’s two most recent books are Sinatra in Hollywood and The Godfather Effect: Changing Hollywood, America, and Me.
He is extremely pleased not to be practicing law, and in his next life plans to return as Wimbledon Champion.
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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the most popular movie musical in history, Tom Santopietro’s fun and fact filled talk on The Sound of Music is sure to entertain everyone who has ever seen and loved the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
Beginning with fascinating behind the scenes stories of the filming in Salzburg and the intriguing casting decisions that informed the film, Tom mixes film clips and his work as a film historian and acclaimed author (the New York Times Editor’s Choice Considering Doris Day) to analyze why The Sound of Music remains beloved by multiple generations the world over, and what its extraordinary hold on audiences tells us about our lives in the 21st century.
Based upon his upcoming book about the film phenomenon, for which he has the full cooperation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein organization, Tom’s presentation is a witty yet thoughtful discussion of how the film catapulted Julie Andrews to superstardom, the reactions of the real life von Trapps to the film, and the elements that made the film the feel-good classic of all time.
For anyone who remembers Julie Andrews mountaintop twirl amidst the breathtaking Austrian scenery and the lasting feeling of joy created by the film, here is a chance to experience a great and entertaining mix ofHollywoodhistory and American culture.