Present at the Creation, Leaping in the Dark, and Going Against the Grain

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(Applause Books). "The best way I know to resuscitate the theatre is to produce dangerous new works." Stuart Ostrow. Producer Stuart Ostrow's manifesto of how intelligent life might be restored to the theatre is also a unique personal memoir of the producer-creator relationship and an evaluation of the essentials that can make a show fly, or remain earthbound. As a solo producer, Ostrow's many productions include M. Butterfly , which won the Tony Award for Best Play; Pippin ; and 1776 , which received both the New York and London Drama Critics

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Overview

(Applause Books). "The best way I know to resuscitate the theatre is to produce dangerous new works." Stuart Ostrow. Producer Stuart Ostrow's manifesto of how intelligent life might be restored to the theatre is also a unique personal memoir of the producer-creator relationship and an evaluation of the essentials that can make a show fly, or remain earthbound. As a solo producer, Ostrow's many productions include M. Butterfly , which won the Tony Award for Best Play; Pippin ; and 1776 , which received both the New York and London Drama Critics Awards as well as the Tony Award for Best Musical. He produced the original Broadway production of the critically acclaimed La Bete , which won the Olivier Award in London for Best Comedy. Ostrow was brought in to fix the original production of Chicago , collaborated with Anthony Hopkins on a London production of M. Butterfly , that was not meant to be, and even had his own play, Stages , directed on Broadway by the avant-garde theatrical pioneer Richard Foreman. He riffs about the heroes and heels he's met along the way and that great cast includes Frank Loesser, Meredith Willson, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, David Geffen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Henry Hwang, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and many more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557836465
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Frank Loesser 3
Guys and dolls
The most happy fella
How to succeed in business
Without really trying
2 Matt Dubey and Harold Karr 17
We take the town
Mel Brooks
All American
The producers
3 Meredith Willson 22
The music man
The unsinkable Molly Brown
Here's love
4 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Hernick 30
Fiorello!
She loves me
Fiddler on the roof
The apple tree
5 Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone 41
1776
6 Bob Dylan and Archibald Macleish 58
Scratch
7 Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson 63
Pippin
8 John Kander and Fred EBB 73
Cabaret
Chicago
9 Stuart Ostrow 80
Stages
10 David Henry Hwang 88
M. Butterfly
11 David Hirson 99
La Bete
12 Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets 110
Sweet small of success
13 Alan Menken and Tom Eyen 116
Kicks : the showgirl musical
14 The flamingo kid 120
15 The musical theatre lab 123
16 The producer's new clothes 133
17 Comes the revolution! 138
18 One more time 141
Afterword : a place to begin again 145
Epilogue : "what is it about?" 153
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