Words with Music Creating the Broadway Musical Libretto

ISBN-10: 1557835543
ISBN-13: 9781557835543
Edition: 2004
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 468
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.154
Language: English

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.

Introduction
Characters
Subject matter
The outer shape
The need of the musical
Comedy and entertainment
The new-old
Response
Opera
Adaptation to libretto
Failures
Producers and stars
Nonplot
The original musical

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