Three American Icons: Sinatra, Streisand & Tom Santopietro, a native of Waterbury, Connecticut, is the author of two highly acclaimed books published by St. Martin’s Press: The Importance of Being Barbra (2006) and Considering Doris Day (2007).
After attending Taft School, Tom graduated from Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.), Phi Beta Kappa with departmental honors in English. He then worked as a tennis professional before attending the University of Connecticut School of Law, graduating with a JD.
Upon graduation from law school he moved to New York City where he founded his own agency representing designers and directors of Broadway shows. He then began his career as a manager of Broadway shows and during the next twenty years worked as a company and/or stage manager of shows such as A Few Good Men, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife , Master Class , Noises Off, Benefactors , and Jersey Boys . He has worked directly with actors ranging from Glenn Close, Patti LuPone, Liam Neeson and Tommy Tune to Jason Robards, Valerie Harper and Bea Arthur.
Tom’s first book, The Importance of Being Barbra, was published in June 2006. Published to widespread acclaim the book was hailed by leading American playwright A.R. Gurney (Love Letters) as “an astute and thorough analysis of Streisand’s career told in a brisk and engaging style while carefully establishing Streisand as a major cultural icon. A witty analysis of the storied career of Barbra Streisand and her place in the context of American culture, The Importance of Being Barbra will soon be published in numerous foreign countries, beginning with China. The Importance of Being Barbra will be published in paperback in October of 2007.
Tom’s second book, an examination of Hollywood’s biggest ever female box office attraction entitled Considering Doris Day, was published in April 2007, garnering laudatory reviews. Said nationally syndicated columnist Liz Smith, “ Luckily, Tom Santopietro exists to put Doris Day’s great talent and career into the proper perspective. Passionate and acute in its critique, there is something thrilling about Doris Day being re-discovered, especially when the archaeologist of this American treasure- Mr. Santopietro- is so right-on-the-money.”
Tom continues to work as a manager of Broadway shows ranging from The Phantom of the Opera to A Chorus Line and his third book, an analysis of the career of Frank Sinatra, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2008.
He is extremely pleased not to be practicing law, and in his next life plans to return as Wimbledon Champion.