The producer describes a year and a half in the life of Hillard Elkins, currently a most dynamic personality on the New York theater scene. The narrative begins in May ,1969, with oh!Calcutta!and ends in October ,1970, with the opening night and morning after of the musical , The Rothschilds. In between,at the producers New York and office, in California, London , Detroit,,and elsewhere,it chronicles a highly developed and sophisticated madness-negotiations over a speculative chain of restaurants to be named after Hilly's movie, Alice's Restaurant ; Hilly's marriage to actress Claire Bloom; producing the film A New Leaf and the $100 misunderstanding; producing Ibsen for Clair; tribulations with with Kurt Vonnegut over cat's cradle; and wheeling deals on half a dozen other properties Hilly, a whose man-eating personality dominates the book, is a loud, gentle funny ,profane,self,witty,and generous man of high educational attainment genuine intelligence, and inexorable ambition.like a racing car, through he must with the rest of us lose at last,he seems to have been designed only to win,and in this characteristic may be found the man's informing spirit and the book's Bobbing along in Hilly's wake are bock and Harnick, trying to reproduce in the Rothschilds the success of Fiddler on the Roof, ken Tynan, Arlo Guthrie, Clair Bloom ,Michael Kidd , co-producer Lester Osterman, Fred Morton ,English stage desighner, high-powered agents ,levelheaded lawyers,overworked accountants , enraged competitors, eternally potential backs and banks ,assistants and secretaries,landlords summons-server, a cast of hundreds for the crowd scenes , and at least a half-length portrait of New York City during eighteen months of its a mortal life.
Used availability for Christopher Davis's The Producer
January 1972 : UK Hardback