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Deconstructing Harold Hill: An Insider's Guide to Musical Theatre

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Following on the success of the very popular and well-reviewed From Assassins to West Side Story comes Deconstructing Harold Hill. This is a book for all fans of musical theatre, and a must for directors and actors. Scott Miller's thoughtful analyses of some of the great works of the musical theatre take the buff or the professional on a journey of discovery. Each chapter looks at one musical, addressing:

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Overview

Following on the success of the very popular and well-reviewed From Assassins to West Side Story comes Deconstructing Harold Hill. This is a book for all fans of musical theatre, and a must for directors and actors. Scott Miller's thoughtful analyses of some of the great works of the musical theatre take the buff or the professional on a journey of discovery. Each chapter looks at one musical, addressing:

  • textual and musical themes
  • ways in which production design can support those themes
  • insight into the motivation and background of the characters
  • historical and social context of the action of the show
  • and much more.
Miller spotlights The Music Man, Chicago, The King and I, Passion, Ragtime, Sunday in the Park with George, and others. All are innovative works, providing a springboard for the kind of in-depth discussion among directors, their actors, and designers that can make working on a musical - or just seeing one - the most satisfying experience you've ever had. You'll never look at musicals the same way again!

Visit Scott's website at http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/3164/

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[Miller] aims at the heart of each work and reaches it with artistic insight. Those who participate in the theatre at any level as well as those with an avid interest in the subject will discover some fresh ideas here.”–Library Journal on From Assassins to West Side Story
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325001661
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/29/1999
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Miller is the founder and artistic director of New Line Theatre, an alternative musical theatre company in St. Louis. He holds a degree in music and musical theatre from Harvard University, and he has been writing, performing in, and directing musicals since 1981. He has written four books on musical theatre for Heinemann, including Let the Sun Shine In (2003), Rebels with Applause (2001), Deconstructing Harold Hill (2000), and From Assassins to West Side Story (1996).
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Table of Contents

1. Camelot

Chicago

The King and I

March of the Falsettos

The Music Man

Passion

Ragtime

Sunday in the Park with George

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2000

    Good solid writing, excellent insights

    I'm a working actor in New York and this book is a valuable tool for me, when I'm about to audition for a tour of one of these shows, or doing scene work for a class, I go back and re-read Miller's chapter on a given show and it gives me everything I need. This is a wonderful book for actors, something I wouldn't be without. The so-called 'academic' books on musicals can't hold a candle to Miller's expertise, knowledge, or insights, and Miller's book is a lot more fun to read and a lot easier to understand. Buy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    Utterly Brilliant

    As a bi-continental director (London, New York, and Los Angeles), I was delighted to find that Miller doesn't have an American prejudice in his work -- in fact he highly respects the work non-American directors have done on American classics and that's quite refreshing. His books (this one and 'From Assassins To West Side Story') are the best examples I've seen of serious considerations of important, interesting musical theatre, yet with a sense of fun and joy, and with a devilish penchant for denying conventional wisdom when it doesn't make sense. In fact, he makes cases (in both books) for changing the conventional wisdom on a number of American classics. These terrific books are must-reads for both the theatre professional and the rabid fan as well -- both are inestimable treasures.

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