Ever After

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(Applause Books). Ever After is more than a detailed show-by-show history of the last quarter century in American musical theater. It explains how the storied Broadway tradition in many cases went so very wrong. Singer takes the reader behind the scenes for an unparalleled look at A Chorus Line 's final bow, the creation of Rent , the real people behind Disney's uber-musicals, and even an afternoon with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Ever After also celebrates the promise of the next generation of young musical theater artists, especially Adam Guettel,

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Overview

(Applause Books). Ever After is more than a detailed show-by-show history of the last quarter century in American musical theater. It explains how the storied Broadway tradition in many cases went so very wrong. Singer takes the reader behind the scenes for an unparalleled look at A Chorus Line 's final bow, the creation of Rent , the real people behind Disney's uber-musicals, and even an afternoon with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Ever After also celebrates the promise of the next generation of young musical theater artists, especially Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa, Ricky Ian Gordon and Jason Robert Brown, addressing not only their work to date, but their future projects. There is no other book currently available that covers this period and subject. Through his work for The New York Times , Singer has interviewed virtually everyone of significance. They are all here, very much speaking for themselves. Ever After is both anecdotal and analytical, featuring personality profiles of important creative figures, from Jule Styne to Stephen Sondheim to Jonathan Larson, while critically evaluating all of the many musicals produced during the past 25 years. Sure to generate debate, this is a book written not only for the musical theater aficionado, but for anyone who has seen a Broadway musical or has just enjoyed the movie version of Chicago and is curious to know more.

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Editorial Reviews

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Singer is nothing if not passionate about musical theater. He's written columns about the state of the art in the New York Times every August since 1997, and these columns form the basis of the present book. He has zero to very few good words to say about Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mel Brooks and a lot of good words to say about Stephen Sondheim. He also loves composers some decades younger than Sondheim, like Adam Guettel and Mark Hollmann. He treats the Disneyfication of Broadway with a raised eyebrow and with hope that a mote of originality can emerge from the glut of adapted animated adventures. Most of all, Singer asks his readers to truly, madly, deeply care about musical theater and composers to overcome the stupidity that lies within much of today's popular culture. We know that musicals can never be like they used to be (an evolving economy has taken care of that), but that doesn't mean that they can't be better than they are; it will just take a good deal of work and courage. Recommended for performing arts libraries. Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557835291
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,405,836
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : is it dead yet? 1
Overture : and now life really begins 5
Ch. 1 We're bitching (1997-1982) 11
Ch. 2 All it has to be is good (1983-1984) 25
Ch. 3 Oh, there's a cast of thousands (1984-1987) 35
Ch. 4 Music of the night (1987-1988) 45
Ch. 5 You're nothing without me (1988-1990) 53
Ch. 6 Why we tell the story (1990-1991) 59
Ch. 7 Somethin' more (1991-1992) 67
Ch. 8 Maybe it better soon no (1992-1993) 73
Ch. 9 The red shoes (1993) 79
Ch. 10 Turn the blood to black and white (1993-1994) 85
Ch. 11 A kind of happiness (1993-1995) 93
Ch. 12 Glory (1994-1996) 99
Ch. 13 How glory goes (1995-1996) 113
Ch. 14 This is the moment (1996-1997) 125
Ch. 15 Pure and blameless (1997) 133
Ch. 16 Hakuna Matata (1997-1998) 139
Ch. 17 Saturn returns (1997-1998) 151
Ch. 18 Elaborate lives (1998) 159
Ch. 19 You don't know this man (1998-1999) 175
Ch. 20 Dream true (1999) 183
Ch. 21 Wild party (1999-2000) 191
Ch. 22 What sings (2000) 203
Ch. 23 A showbiz mausoleum (2000-2001) 209
Ch. 24 This is urinetown (2001-2002) 227
Ch. 25 Music and the mirror (2001) 239
Ch. 26 Climbing uphill (2001-2002) 243
Ch. 27 Don't cry for me, Argentina (2001) 251
Finale : but who calls that livin? (2002-2003) 257
Curtain call 269
Acknowledgements 283
Notes 285
The seasons 299
The musicals 313
The numbers 317
Index 319
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