LULU THE BROADWAY MOUSE
“I want to be on Broadway. I want it more than anything in the world,” proclaims Lulu, the tiny heroine of Jenna Gavigan’s delightful new audiobook, Lulu, the Broadway Mouse. Stage-struck Lulu lives with her family in the backstage of Broadway’s legendary Schubert Theater. She knows the lines, the lyrics, and the stage directions for all the characters in the theater’s current musical by heart. She spends her evenings sharing her dreams and tales of the theater with her human BFFs, the musical’s talented young female performers. The action unfolds with the early retirement of Lulu’s closest friend, Maya, who serves as the understudy for the musical’s self-centered, over-bearing star, Amanda. Maya’s replacement, a diminutive and gifted young actress named Jayne, suffers from a severe case of stage fright that threatens to end her Broadway career before it begins. In an odd twist of fate straight out of Broadway lore, “mean girl” Amanda becomes violently ill one evening, shortly before the curtains are about to rise, suddenly thrusting Jayne beneath the spotlights, where she stands terrified and unable to recite her lines. Without thinking of her own theatrical ambitions, little Lulu leaps to the rescue, saving Jayne and the evening’s performance – and accidentally realizing her own childhood dreams. In the process, Lulu also learns valuable lessons about the benefits of sharing and cooperation, the importance of forgiveness, and the fulfillment to be found in helping others. Narrated with infectious enthusiasm by the author, Lulu, the Broadway Mouse is a moving tribute to the magic of Broadway and musical theater.
David Shirley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
David Shirley’s recent nonfiction titles include A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fix It Leroy! His YA biographies, Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B. B. King and Satchel Paige: Baseball Legend were honored as the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens.