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Before there was Glee or American Idol, there was Stagedoor Manor, a theater camp in the Catskills where big-time Hollywood casting directors came to find the next generation of stars. It's where Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, Mandy Moore, Lea Michele, and many others got their start. The famed theater camp continues to be a breeding ground for Broadway and Hollywood. And at age 31, Mickey Rapkin, a senior editor at GQ, was lucky enough to go, too.

Every summer since 1975, a new crop of campers has entered Stagedoor to begin an intense, often wrenching introduction to professional theater. They come from varying backgrounds: the offspring of Hollywood players like Ron Howard, Nora Ephron, and Bruce Willis work alongside kids on scholarship. Some campers have agents, others are seeking representation. Eye-opening, funny, and full of drama and heart, Theater Geek tracks three determined teen actors through the rivalries, heartbreak, and triumphs of a summer at Stagedoor Manor.

Theater Geek—featuring interviews with many of the camp’s well-known alumni—is for anyone who loves musicals, anyone adept at jazz hands, and anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.



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