James Kirkwood Books In Order


  1. Good Times / Bad Times (1968)
  2. There Must Be a Pony! (1971)
  3. Some Kind of Hero (1975)
  4. Hit Me With a Rainbow (1981)


  1. P.s. Your Cat Is Dead! (1972)
  2. A Chorus Line (1977)
  3. Legends! (1987)

Non fiction

  1. American Grotesque (1968)
  2. Diary of a Mad Playwright (1989)

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P.s. Your Cat Is Dead!

James Kirkwood

Full Length, Comedy

Characters: 3 male, 1 female

Interior Set

In the West Village of Manhattan, Jimmy Zoole, a thirty-ish actor is having a run of bad luck. He’s been robbed twice they even took the only copy of his first novel, fired from a play, has a cat on the critical list, a girl friend who’s leaving, and he discovers a burglar hiding in his loft. To avenge his life, he ties ‘Vito’ to the kitchen sink and keeps him prisoner over the long New Year’s Eve.

‘A darkly hued comedy…
Raunchily funny. Wonderful show-biz dialogue that crackles.’ –L.A. Free Press

A Chorus Line

It is hard to believe that over 25 years have passed since A Chorus Line first electrified a New York audience. The memories of the show’s birth in 1975, not to mention those of its 15 year life and poignant death, remain incandescent and not just because nothing so exciting has happened to the American musical since. For a generation of theater people and theatergoers, A Chorus Line was and is the touchstone that defines the glittering promise, more often realized in lengend than in reality, of the Broadway way. This impressive book contains the complete book and lyrics of one of the longest running shows in Broadway history with a preface by Samuel Freedman, an introduction by Frank Rich and lots of photos from the stage production.

Diary of a Mad Playwright

Kirkwood, the co writer of the book of the great musical A Chorus Line, also wrote the stage play Legends, for which Carol Channing and Mary Martin embarked on a nationwide, bound for Broadway tour. This book chronicles the slow disintigration of the whole project, thanks to bickering divas, greedy producers, hostile reviewers, and general chaos. Kirkwood’s fine eye for detail and general good humor keep this book lighhearted and funny, even as sadness lingers in the wings. A wonderful book for anyone who loves the theatre.

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