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In praising “the witty high school romp” How I Paid for College, the New York Times Book Review said, it “makes you hope there’s a lot more where this came from.” There is. In this hilarious sequel Attack of the Theater People, Edward Zanni and his merry crew of high school musical-comedy miscreants move to the magical wonderland that is Manhattan.

It is 1986, and aspiring actor Edward Zanni has been kicked out of drama school for being “too jazz hands for Juilliard.” Mortified, Edward heads out into the urban jungle of eighties New York City and finally lands a job as a “party motivator” who gets thirteen-year-olds to dance at bar mitzvahs and charms businesspeople as a “stealth guest” at corporate events. When he accidentally gets caught up in insider trading with a handsome stockbroker named Chad, only the help of his crew from How I Paid for College can rescue him from a stretch in Club Fed.

Laced with the inspired zaniness of classic American musical comedy, Attack of the Theater People matches the big hair of the eighties with an even bigger heart.
Published: Crown Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780767930185
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Amusing and fun follow-up to How I Paid For College. It's more convoluted and less believable than the first book, but it's cute.more
I fully agree with the reviews below. This is a great sequel to Acito's How I Paid for College. The style reminds me alot of Joe Keenan's My Blue Heaven and Putting on the Ritz. If you like Acito you'll like Keenan and vice versa.I thought the ending was a little underwhelming. Everything is neatly wrapped up, of course, in the last 5 or 6 pages. Boom: all's well that ends well.more
sequel to 'How I Paid for College'. Having blackmailed his father into sending him to Juilliard, Edward Zanni shortly thereafter finds himself expelled for being 'too jazz hands'. Cast adrift in New York City with nothing but a dream and a group of friends that includes aspiring actors ranging from Marxist street theatre to swing in 'Starlight Express', an exiled Iranian aristocrat, a boy who plays Bruce Springsteen in an E-Street tribute band, a cross-dressing gay Vietnamese and Natie Nudelman, Edward's neighbour from home and a budding career criminal, Edward is hard-pressed to make ends meet. He gets by by squatting in a dead guy's apartment (Natie's idea), working as a theatre usher (a job for which he qualifies because he's gay) and party motivator for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and, latterly, by getting mixed up in insider trading (Natie's idea again). With the FBI and two teenage stalkers on his heels, will Edward ever find his way back to Juilliard and realise his dreams? Funny, engaging, and immensely readable.more
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Amusing and fun follow-up to How I Paid For College. It's more convoluted and less believable than the first book, but it's cute.more
I fully agree with the reviews below. This is a great sequel to Acito's How I Paid for College. The style reminds me alot of Joe Keenan's My Blue Heaven and Putting on the Ritz. If you like Acito you'll like Keenan and vice versa.I thought the ending was a little underwhelming. Everything is neatly wrapped up, of course, in the last 5 or 6 pages. Boom: all's well that ends well.more
sequel to 'How I Paid for College'. Having blackmailed his father into sending him to Juilliard, Edward Zanni shortly thereafter finds himself expelled for being 'too jazz hands'. Cast adrift in New York City with nothing but a dream and a group of friends that includes aspiring actors ranging from Marxist street theatre to swing in 'Starlight Express', an exiled Iranian aristocrat, a boy who plays Bruce Springsteen in an E-Street tribute band, a cross-dressing gay Vietnamese and Natie Nudelman, Edward's neighbour from home and a budding career criminal, Edward is hard-pressed to make ends meet. He gets by by squatting in a dead guy's apartment (Natie's idea), working as a theatre usher (a job for which he qualifies because he's gay) and party motivator for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and, latterly, by getting mixed up in insider trading (Natie's idea again). With the FBI and two teenage stalkers on his heels, will Edward ever find his way back to Juilliard and realise his dreams? Funny, engaging, and immensely readable.more
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