Once (musical)

'Breaking Through' shows seamy side of stoking the star-making machinery

'Breaking Through' shows seamy side of stoking the star-making machinery

There are no people like show people for gazing in the mirror, becoming enchanted with what they see and channeling it into yet another production for stage or screen. The urge to tell yarns about people bent on the entertainment spotlight — or bent by it — remains a constant amid ground-shaking changes in showbiz itself.

Even leaving out fact-based stories such as "Funny Girl" or "Jersey Boys," this kind of fare abounds, from "Dreamgirls" to "The Rose" to the more recent "Once." Now the network television series "Empire" and "Nashville" have carried the genre into the present and onto the small...

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