Words With Music

Overview

The dean of Broadway musical directors examines the dynamics of how the book, music and lyrics work together to create such hits as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Pal Joey, West Side Story, Company, South Pacific, Threepenny Opera and Porgy and Bess. Howard Kissel, chief theater critic for the New York Daily News, extends the reach of Engel's subjects by bringing them up to date with commentary on such shows as A Chorus Line, Nine, Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, Working and ...

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Overview

The dean of Broadway musical directors examines the dynamics of how the book, music and lyrics work together to create such hits as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Pal Joey, West Side Story, Company, South Pacific, Threepenny Opera and Porgy and Bess. Howard Kissel, chief theater critic for the New York Daily News, extends the reach of Engel's subjects by bringing them up to date with commentary on such shows as A Chorus Line, Nine, Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, Working and Falsettos. Kissel offers a thoughtful history on how musical theater has evolved in the three decades since Engel wrote Words with Music (1972) and how Engel's classic work remains vital and illuminating today.

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New York Daily News theater critic Kissel revises and updates conductor and BMI Musical Workshop founder Engel's 1972 study of how the book, music, and lyrics were created for some of Broadway's best musicals. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557835543
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 478
  • Sales rank: 968,694
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Characters 13
3 Subject matter 29
4 The outer shape 49
5 The need of the musical 71
6 Comedy and entertainment 199
7 The new-old 225
8 Response 237
9 Opera 251
10 Adaptation to libretto 283
11 Failures 313
12 Producers and stars 351
13 Nonplot 373
14 The original musical 409
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