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The secret life of the American musical : how Broadway shows are built
Title:
The secret life of the American musical : how Broadway shows are built
ISBN:
9780374256920
Physical Description:
xvii, 312 pages ; 24 cm
Contents:
Overture -- Curtain up, light the lights : opening numbers -- The wizard and I : the "I want" song -- If I loved you : conditional love songs -- Put on your Sunday clothes : the noise -- Bushwhacking 1 : second couples -- Bushwhacking 2 : villains -- Bushwhacking 3 : the multiplot, and how it thickens -- Adelaide's lament : stars -- Tevye's dream : tent poles -- La vie bohème : curtain: act 1 -- Intermission -- Clambake : curtain up: act 2 -- Suddenly Seymour : the candy dish -- All er nothin' : beginning to pack -- The small house of Joseph Smith, the American Moses : the main event -- I thought you did it for me, momma : the next-to-last-scene -- You can't stop the beat : the end -- Curtain call : how Woodie Guthrie -- of all people -- changed Broadway musicals forever -- Listening to Broadway.
Abstract:
"Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical? In [this book], Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next"--Dust jacket flap.
Format:
Book
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
General Note:
Includes index.