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The Show Makers: Great Directors of the American Musical Theatre / Edition 1

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Overview

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Library Journal
Thelen, a published playwright and a director, here presents 12 of "the most creative and influential directors of the contemporary musical theatre." This is not a "how-to" book on play directing; it is a collection of Thelen's personal interviews with directors like Graciela Daniele, Harold Prince, Jerome Robbins, George C. Wolfe, and Jerry Zaks--all of which provide insight into the philosophies of these great directors and allow the reader to compare a variety of styles, influences, and approaches to musical theater. He begins with a general discussion of directorial approaches, then presents each director individually. The artists represented are not only "responsible for directing some of the most important and influential musicals of the 20th century but are literally directing the future of the American Musical." A delight for any student of musical theater, especially those who desire to direct. Highly recommended for public and academic theater collections.--Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415923477
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/7/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

acknowledgments
preface
making the show 1
Martin Charnin 17
Graciela Daniele 39
James Lapine 59
Arthur Laurents 75
Richard Maltby, Jr. 95
Des McAnuff 115
Mike Ockrent 133
Tom O'Horgan 151
Harold Prince 171
Jerome Robbins 191
George C. Wolfe 209
Jerry Zaks 227
about the author 247
index 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    You should read it now theatrical people!

    Very good book. A little boring some parts but you learn a lot from it. Good and interesting.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    In the Director's Mind

    Lawrence Thelen is a director working primarily in the musical theatre. In this book, The Show Makers, Thelen held twelve interviews with “the most creative and influential directors of the contemporary musical theatre” from the discussions of the director’s life/career to insights on their directorial philosophies. The book begins with a general discussion of the directorial approaches to musical theatre-which allows the readers to have a sense of the type of questions he asked the directors- and then the next twelve sections of the book presents each director individually. Not every person can be a director or the so-called “captain” of the ship because it requires passion and work ethics to make a stage successful as possible. Like Des McNuff said, “You’re a storyteller [but] you’re not only responsible for your own creativity, you’re responsible to support all of those other people, and to make sure that they’re creating a universe together.” The directors not only worries about his positions in the musical but others too such as, the composers, the lyricists, the producers, and etc. And before it all happens the directors have to have a strong foundation to lead the company with a vision in mind. Although there are other kinds of practices on how to become a successful director but all directors unanimously agree that getting out there and doing it is the best way to prepare than through the university or college system because one it is not reality and two it is text and it does not include environmental factors. Once the directors hone their skills, the musical production process is a little bit easier because they developed a routine- on how to approach different parts of the musical- and they can identify problems and have solutions for them. After reading the book, there were some things that I liked and disliked. I liked how Thelen organized his writing because it was very consistent throughout the book that I knew what type of questions he was going to ask next because they were same set of questions for each interview. However, this topic is a first time for me, thus this book became a how-to, especially in the beginning of the book. Another thing I like about this book is it answers my questions as I am reading it. For example, what if this happen so how would the director deal with it or how does the director feel if…and (bam!) in the next interview Thelen has with (another director) would answer my question. Because of how he was able to obtain a collection of diverse directorial approaches, it allowed me to see more perspectives. One thing I disliked about this book is it’s so long (not really it is only 246 pages) that at certain times I feel like I do not want to read it anymore, yet, the next paragraph I read it captivates me again that I can’t stop, but I admit there were some parts I felt what I was reading were repetitive. In my opinion, this book is not made for everyone. It is only for those that are involve in the musical theatre or those that have desires to direct and want to get that feeling of, “oh I felt like that once too, so you should not feel like you are alone”. But it is definitely recommended for theatre collections. Overall I would give it 4.5 stars.

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