Chapter

The Show Fixer

Jeffrey Spivak

in Buzz

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126432
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0004
The Show Fixer

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Buzz moved in with his mother and regaled her with military anecdotes. His successes with amateur theatrics fell on disapproving ears. Gertrude had hoped her soon-to-be-mustered-out son would find a job, any job, in any field except show business. On August 17, 1919, a week after Buzz had returned from France, a small headline in the New York Times read “A Soldier-Made Actor”. Though show business had captured Buzz, he had had his fill of the demands of a long-running road show. He wanted to direct. Buzz joined the Somerville Theater Stock Company in Somerville, Massachusetts, directing the musical farce Going Up. The play had been a big hit in New York and Chicago. He became a full-fledged director in Boston when the original director had to leave the show for a family emergency. Later, he married Esther Muir.

Keywords: Buzz Berkeley; Gertrude Berkeley; Somerville; musical; Broadway; Esther Muir

Chapter.  8749 words. 

Subjects: Film

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