Words with Music

Words with Music

The dean of Broadway musical directors examines the dynamics of how the book, music and lyrics work together to create such hits as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Pal Joey, West Side Story, Company, South Pacific, ...

Author: Lehman Engel

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557835543

Category: Music

Page: 466

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The dean of Broadway musical directors examines the dynamics of how the book, music and lyrics work together to create such hits as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Pal Joey, West Side Story, Company, South Pacific, Threepenny Opera and Porgy and Bess. Howard Kissel, chief theater critic for the New York Daily News, extends the reach of Engel's subjects by bringing them up to date with commentary on such shows as A Chorus Line, Nine, Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, Working and Falsettos. Kissel offers a thoughtful history on how musical theater has evolved in the three decades since Engel wrote Words with Music (1972) and how Engel's classic work remains vital and illuminating today.
Categories: Music

Creating Musical Theatre

Creating Musical Theatre

Featuring interviews with top directors and choreographers, Creating Musical Theatre is the first book to give a fascinating insight into the creative processes driving the musical theatre revival.

Author: Lyn Cramer

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408185322

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 905

Featuring interviews with top directors and choreographers, Creating Musical Theatre is the first book to give a fascinating insight into the creative processes driving the musical theatre revival.
Categories: Performing Arts

Making it Big

Making it Big

Making It Big illuminates the harsh realities of musical theater - a much-loved but high-stakes, high-risk art form. It is a book for everyone who cares about Broadway musicals and their survival.

Author: Barbara Isenberg

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 0879100885

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 214

View: 542

Susan Stroman, the show's cast and crew had some very bad luck heading for Broadway with one of the most expensive, high-profile musicals in recent history. In this authoritative, insightful and readable journal, we go backstage as the $10.3 million production is cast, rewritten, rehearsed and performed, first in Detroit, then in New York. Doors are opened to high pressure rehearsals, passionate advertising debates, stern budget talks and endless rewrite sessions in.
Categories: Performing Arts

Making a Broadway Musical

Making a Broadway Musical

Author: John D. Mitchell

Publisher: Fordham University Press

ISBN: 087359049X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 131

View: 314

Categories: Performing Arts

Making It on Broadway

Making It on Broadway

This book shares firsthand accounts of professional actors' difficult yet fulfilling journeys to Broadway: moving to New York, finding survival jobs, auditioning, landing roles, avoiding pitfalls, forging a family life, and much more.

Author: David Wienir

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1581153465

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 267

View: 435

Countering the misperceptions about Broadway performers leading glamorous lives, the words of more than 150 Broadway stars provide unprecedented insight into their struggle for stardom. With an introduction by Jason Alexander and candid interviews with today's most celebrated Broadway stars, this book offers stories to entertain and astonish theater lovers, as well as serve as a sobering reality check for those considering careers on the stage. This book shares firsthand accounts of professional actors' difficult yet fulfilling journeys to Broadway: moving to New York, finding survival jobs, auditioning, landing roles, avoiding pitfalls, forging a family life, and much more. Interviews Include These Award-Winning Actors: • Jason Alexander • Daisy Eagan • Heather Headley • Wilson Heredia • Randy Graff • Donna McKechnie • Donna Murphy • John Rubinstein • Lea Salonga • Scott Wise • Chita Rivera
Categories: Business & Economics

Beating Broadway

Beating Broadway

This is a must-have book for anyone who wants to write exceptional musicals or is just a fan.”SCOTT WITTMAN, Tony Winning Lyricist of Hairspray and Co-Lyricist and Executive Producer for the Hit TV Series, Smash “Beat-by-beat, Steve ...

Author: Steve Cuden

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 148122302X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 466

View: 571

The popularity of musicals has reached an all-time high leading to the development of numerous original shows. In this comprehensive new guide, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations, written by veteran storyteller and successful creator of musicals Steve Cuden, readers learn how the plots and stories behind musicals are developed and honed. With a breezy, lighthearted approach, creators at all levels are provided key advice for building winning musical stories. Cuden, who has been there, done that, offers writers the know-how and encouragement to construct brilliant, attention-grabbing musical storylines. Beating Broadway provides readers with practical, down-to-earth advice for crafting successful musical theater stories that will reach audiences everywhere. This complete, two-part manual also guides aspiring writers in what it takes to develop shows that can attract Broadway producers. By showing writers the ins and outs of storytelling required for today's commercial musical theater, Beating Broadway places success firmly within grasp. Readers also gain insight into how stories function in forty of the world's most beloved stage and movie musicals as Cuden breaks down each one into key narrative beats and plot points. “Beating Broadway is a take-you-by-the-hand guided tutorial written by a seasoned professional who really knows his stuff. This book feeds your mind with how stories for musicals are made. If you are interested in creating or producing a musical, Steve's insights will be helpful and inspiring to you.JEFF MARX, Tony winning Composer/Lyricist of Avenue Q “Beating Broadway digs deep to the core of how stories for successful musicals are created. This is a must-have book for anyone who wants to write exceptional musicals or is just a fan.”SCOTT WITTMAN, Tony Winning Lyricist of Hairspray and Co-Lyricist and Executive Producer for the Hit TV Series, Smash “Beat-by-beat, Steve Cuden breaks down story, structure, and song spotting so you can beat the Broadway musical before it beats you!”CHERI STEINKELLNER, Emmy-winning Writer/Producer of Cheers and Teacher's Pet, Tony-nominated Writer of Sister Act
Categories: Performing Arts

Making Americans

Making Americans

In this book we see how the communities these musicals invented and the anthems they popularized constructed a vision of America that fostered self-understanding as the nation became a global power.

Author: Andrea Most

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: UOM:39015058140560

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 253

View: 843

From 1925 to 1951 Jewish writers brought to the musical stage a powerfully appealing vision of America fashioned through song and dance. This book examines two interwoven narratives crucial to an understanding of 20th century American culture: Jewish acculturation and the Broadway musical.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Making of Cabaret

The Making of Cabaret

A handy and engaging chronicle, this book is the most detailed production history to date of the original Broadway version of Cabaret, showing how the show evolved from Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories, into John van Druten's stage ...

Author: Keith Garebian

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199732500

Category: Music

Page: 232

View: 574

A handy and engaging chronicle, this book is the most detailed production history to date of the original Broadway version of Cabaret, showing how the show evolved from Christopher Isherwood's Berlin stories, into John van Druten's stage play, a British film adaptation, and then the Broadway musical, conceived and directed by Harold Prince as an early concept musical. With nearly 40 illustrations, full cast credits, and a bibliography, The Making of Cabaret will appeal to musical theatre aficionados, theatre specialists, and students and performers of musical theatre.
Categories: Music

American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage

American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage

... 1999) Mordden, Ethan, Beautiful Mornin': The Broadway Musical in the 1940s (New York: Oxford University Press, ... Sing for Your Supper: The Broadway Musical in the 1930s (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) Most, Andrea, Making ...

Author: Maya Cantu

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137534538

Category: Art

Page: 276

View: 524

Drawing upon Broadway musicals ranging from Irene (1919) to Gypsy (1959), American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage considers how Broadway musicals from the 1920s through the 1950s adapted and transformed Perrault's fairy tale icon in order to address changing social and professional roles for American women. Drawing heavily upon historical research in American culture and gender studies, Cantu analyzes female lyricists and librettists who were significant in translating Perrault's heroine to the contexts and concerns of the American "working girl." In exploring how these and other writers (of both sexes) adapted the Cinderella myth to a twentieth-century urban landscape, this book challenges traditional assumptions about the American musical's relationship to both feminism and modernism - placing the Cinderella story into the Broadway musical canon.
Categories: Art

The Making of Guys and Dolls

The Making of Guys and Dolls

The latest installment in the widely successful 'Making of The Great Broadway Musicals' series.This book goes behind the scenes of the making of original Broadway Production in 1950.

Author: Keith Garebian

Publisher: Making of the Great Broadway Musicals

ISBN: UOM:39015055848975

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 153

View: 958

The latest installment in the widely successful 'Making of The Great Broadway Musicals' series.This book goes behind the scenes of the making of original Broadway Production in 1950.
Categories: Performing Arts

Making Musicals

Making Musicals

(Limelight). The lyricist/librettist of The Fantasticks , the longest-running show in the history of the American theater, takes on a new role as your guide through the magical world of the stage musical.

Author: Tom Jones

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781617748707

Category: Performing Arts

Page:

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(Limelight). The lyricist/librettist of The Fantasticks , the longest-running show in the history of the American theater, takes on a new role as your guide through the magical world of the stage musical.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Making of My Fair Lady

The Making of My Fair Lady

The common lament was Broadway will never be the same! when My Fair Lady finally ended its stellar run the night of Sunday, September 30, 1962.

Author: Keith Garebian

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106018440351

Category: Drama

Page: 127

View: 929

The common lament was Broadway will never be the same! when My Fair Lady finally ended its stellar run the night of Sunday, September 30, 1962. Millions of people had seen the show over six years and had helped break box-office records, even though Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Stanley Holloway, and Robert Coote did not stay with the cast throughout the six-year run. MyFair Lady used the substance and wit of George Bernard Shaw to add a new dimension to the Broadway libretto.
Categories: Drama

Korean Musical Drama P ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity

Korean Musical Drama  P ansori and the Making of Tradition in Modernity

Ch'anggŭk has, therefore, never replaced p'ansori, but rather the two musical traditions have co-existed' (1982a: 245–6). ... audiences. introducing Broadway musical styles and the european cantata format or adapting other international ...

Author: Dr Haekyung Um

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781472414564

Category: Music

Page: 272

View: 169

P’ansori is the quintessential traditional Korean musical drama, in which epic tales are sung and narrated by a solo singer accompanied by a drummer. Drawing on her extensive research in Korea and its diasporas, Haekyung Um describes and analyses the creative processes of p’ansori, weaving into her discussion musical, social and cultural aspects that include the evolution of p’ansori performance, origins and historical development, textual and musical materials, stylistic features of different p’ansori schools, transmission of knowledge, aesthetics, and changing interpretations of tradition. Also explored is the complexity of historical and contemporary influences that give shape to p’ansori as a ‘living tradition’ across the ages and into the present, and as a cultural icon with an enduring narrative and emotional impact. Social, economic and political dynamics are created in the nexus of traditional feudal values, colonial modernity and nationalism. The impact of aspects of late modernity such as technology, mass media, migration and globalization, has transported p’ansori into digital and transnational domains. By bringing all these creative and contextual processes together, Haekyung Um explains how a tradition is created, maintained and redefined by the dynamic interactions of agents, values, meanings, strategies, identities and artistic hybridity.
Categories: Music

Broadway Musicals

Broadway Musicals

Designer Albert Johnson completely rebuilt the auditorium to make it resemble an actual circus, with a grandstand ... The show marked the first of 34 musicals directed by George Abbott as well as the return to Broadway of Rodgers and ...

Author: Stanley Green

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493050710

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 544

View: 794

This updated edition of one of the bestselling and comprehensive Broadway reference books, first published in 1985, has been expanded to include many of the most important and memorable productions of American musical theater, including revivals. Arranged chronologically, beginning with musicals from just after the Civil War, each successive edition of the book has added valuable updates about trends in musical theater as well as capsule features on the most significant musicals of the day. The ninth edition documents important musicals produced since the end of the 2012–2013 season through spring 2019. Broadway Musicals, Show by Show features a wealth of statistics and inside information, plus critical reception, cast lists, pithy commentary about each show, and numerous detailed indexes that no Broadway fan will want to be without. Since its original publication, Broadway Musicals has proved to be an indispensable addition to any Broadway aficionado's library.
Categories: Performing Arts

When Broadway Went to Hollywood

When Broadway Went to Hollywood

The first book to tell the story of how Broadway affected the Hollywood musical, When Broadway Goes to Hollywood is sure to thrill theatre buffs and movie lovers alike.

Author: Ethan Mordden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199395422

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 873

When films like The Jazz Singer started to integrate synchronized music, in the late 1920s many ambitious songwriting pioneers of the Great White Way - George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart, among many others - were enticed westward by Hollywood studios' promises of national exposure and top dollar success. But what happened when writers native to the business of Broadway ran into the very different business of Hollywood? Their movies had their producer despots, their stacking of writing teams on a single project, their use of five or six songs per story where Broadway fit in a dozen, and it seemed as if everyone in Hollywood was uncomfortable with characters bursting into song on the street, in your living room, or in "a cottage small by a waterfall." Did the movies give theater writers a chance to expand their art, or did mass marketing ruin the musical's quintessential charm? Is it possible to trace the history of the musical through both stage and screen manifestations, or did Broadway and Hollywood give rise to two wholly irreconcilable art forms? And, finally, did any New York writer or writing team create a film musical as enthralling and timeless as their work for the stage? In When Broadway Went to Hollywood, writer and celebrated steward of musical theatre Ethan Mordden directs his unmistakable wit and whimsy to these challenging questions and more, charting the volatile and galvanizing influence of Broadway on Hollywood (and vice versa) throughout the twentieth century. Along the way, he takes us behind the scenes of the great Hollywood musicals you've seen and loved (The Wizard of Oz, Gigi, The Sound of Music, Chicago, West Side Story, The Music Man, Grease) as well as some of the outrageous flops you probably haven't. The first book to tell the story of how Broadway affected the Hollywood musical, When Broadway Goes to Hollywood is sure to thrill theatre buffs and movie lovers alike.
Categories: Music

The Broadway Musical

The Broadway Musical

"The Broadway musical...a magic phrase," Leonard Bernstein once said.

Author: Bernard Rosenberg

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814774335

Category: Art

Page: 356

View: 733

"The Broadway musical...a magic phrase," Leonard Bernstein once said. Indeed, musical theater is one of America's major contributions to world culture. Yet, throughout this century three out of four Broadway-bound musicals have not succeeded economically. The Broadway Musical takes an engrossing look at the industry's commercial and artistic successes and failures in an effort to understand the group collaboration that is required to create Broadway musicals. The authors investigate the complicated machinery of Broadway musical show business and artistic development from the birth of the form around the turn of the century through its survival amidst the cost explosions of the 1980s. Through interviews with dozens of Broadway's top producers, directors, designers, actors, composers, lyricists, bookwriters, conductors, arrangers, and other artists, they lead us on an intimate tour of the creative process. Included are such well-known musical theater figures as Harold Prince, Arthur Laurents, Michael Bennett, Sheldon Harnick, Claire Nichtern, Tommy Tune, Burton Lane, Carol Hall, Frank Rich, and Gerald Schoenfeld. They explore the roles of producers, directors, lyricists, composers, and bookwriters in creating musical plays and the reactions of critic and audience. They conclude with a fascinating look at the inherent conflicts and tensions as well as the creative resolutions that shaped some of the best-known musicals of our time. Fans of the genre as well as scholars and students of American culture will delight in this revealing insider's look at the collaborative process in Broadway musicals and the recent history of one of America's most popular and indigenous entertainment forms, now recognized worldwide - the American musical.
Categories: Art

Experiencing Broadway Music

Experiencing Broadway Music

Rather than cramming every show worth a mention into these pages with very little exploration of any of them, or focusing on shows within a narrow time period I deem the “most Broadway” of Broadway music, I have chosen to create a ...

Author: Kat Sherrell

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810889019

Category: Music

Page: 258

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Sherrell explores American musical theater, beginning with the early-twentieth-century shift from European-influenced operettas and bawdy variety shows to sophisticated works and thus provides listeners with the tools and background necessary to gain an understanding of the highly variegated structure and character of Broadway music.
Categories: Music