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Joel Grey

In Conversation with Leon Wieseltier

Feb 23, 2016 • 7:00 pm
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The Tony, Golden Globe, and Oscar-winning actor, producer, and director is a tireless showman, acting in countless movies and TV shows after decades spent on and off Broadway. Grey is perhaps best known for his iconic role as master of ceremonies in the stage and screen versions of Cabaret. Growing up Joel David Katz in a Jewish family in Cleveland, he began acting at age 9.

In Master of Ceremonies, Grey takes readers on a tour of a life lived in and out of the limelight, through the changing landscape of seven decades spent in entertainment:  from vaudeville to theatre to movies and television, Grey has been at the forefront of each innovation and has adapted to master the forms.

In 2015, Grey opened up to the public for the first time, saying in People: “I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.” Grey lived partly in secrecy, the victim of an era that made being himself not only difficult, but also dangerous.

With Master of Ceremonies, Grey is finally able to step out of character and share, with honesty and fearlessness, the man behind so many memorable roles. In conversation with Leon Wieseltier, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and the author of Kaddish. From 1983 to 2014, he was the literary editor of The New RepublicBook signing to follow.