Musical From The Inside Out

Musical From The Inside Out

by Stephen Citron
     
 

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Rarely is a book about the theatre as entertaining and informative as Stephen Citron's new guidebook to the creation of the musical. Filled with anecdotes, practical advice, and sparkling comments from the biggest Broadway insiders, The Musical from the Inside Out examines this major theatrical form from the creator's point of view. Mr. Citron takes the reader

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Rarely is a book about the theatre as entertaining and informative as Stephen Citron's new guidebook to the creation of the musical. Filled with anecdotes, practical advice, and sparkling comments from the biggest Broadway insiders, The Musical from the Inside Out examines this major theatrical form from the creator's point of view. Mr. Citron takes the reader through basic training and onto finding and securing material, writing the libretto, adding the songs, auditioning the players, workshopping, rehearsals, previews, and the excitement of opening night. He reveals the secrets of success as well as some of the common pitfalls of failure. "There's never been a book like this," wrote a columnist from London's West End. Mr. Citron's bounty of information comes from his own vast experience; from interviews with well-known directors, producers, lyricists, composers, librettists, stage managers, and scenic artists; and from such luminaries as Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, Hal Prince, Jerome Robbins, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, and Fred Ebb. The Musical From the Inside Out is an adventure for musical fans and required reading for professionals or amateurs involved in creating a musical.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
A good overview of the principle elements involved in getting a show on.
— R. D. Johnson
New York Times
An ambitious guidebook.
— Patricia Grandjean
CHOICE
A good overview of the principle elements involved in getting a show on.
— R. D. Johnson
The New York Times
An ambitious guidebook.
— Patricia Grandjean
CHOICE - R. D. Johnson
A good overview of the principle elements involved in getting a show on.
The New York Times - Patricia Grandjean
An ambitious guidebook.
Variety - Jeremy Gerard
Enjoyable...the flavor of musical theatre is in here.
Variety
Enjoyable...the flavor of musical theatre is in here.
— Jeremy Gerard
R.D. Johnson
A good overview of the principle elements involved in getting a show on.
Choice
Jeremy Gerard
Enjoyable...the flavor of musical theatre is in here.
Variety
Library Journal
Fledgling musical comedy writers and fans of the musical stage curious about how a musical is conceived, composed, and produced need look no further. Citron, himself the composer of two musicals, takes the reader from the selection of the property to its final financed and staged production, offering suggestions on where to include songs, how to deal with directors, and what to expect during auditions, workshops, and previews. Numerous footnotes and comments from practitioners and critics support Citron's ideas, which are always practical and right on target. Unfortunately, the index listing potential producers is sorely out of date. Nevertheless, there is much to recommend here, and most libraries will find this volume useful.-- Eric W. Johnson, Teikyo Post Univ. Lib., Waterbury, Ct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566631761
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
10/25/1997
Pages:
305
Sales rank:
1,242,060
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Citron has written musical scores and has taught songwriting at Trinity College in London and at the New School in New York City. His book Songwriting is a standard in the field.

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