Deconstructing Harold Hill: An Insider's Guide to Musical Theatre

Deconstructing Harold Hill: An Insider's Guide to Musical Theatre

by Scott Miller
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Deconstructing Harold Hill: An Insider's Guide to Musical Theatre

Following on the success of the very popular and well-reviewed From Assassins to West Side Story comes Deconstructing Harold Hill. This is a book for all fans of musical theatre, and a must for directors and actors. Scott Miller's thoughtful analyses of some of the great works of the musical theatre take the buff or the professional on a journey of discovery. Each chapter looks at one musical, addressing:

  • textual and musical themes
  • ways in which production design can support those themes
  • insight into the motivation and background of the characters
  • historical and social context of the action of the show
  • and much more.
Miller spotlights The Music Man, Chicago, The King and I, Passion, Ragtime, Sunday in the Park with George, and others. All are innovative works, providing a springboard for the kind of in-depth discussion among directors, their actors, and designers that can make working on a musical - or just seeing one - the most satisfying experience you've ever had. You'll never look at musicals the same way again!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325001661
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 11/29/1999
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 692,446
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Camelot


The King and I

March of the Falsettos

The Music Man



Sunday in the Park with George

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Deconstructing Harold Hill: An Insider's Guide to Musical Theatre 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a working actor in New York and this book is a valuable tool for me, when I'm about to audition for a tour of one of these shows, or doing scene work for a class, I go back and re-read Miller's chapter on a given show and it gives me everything I need. This is a wonderful book for actors, something I wouldn't be without. The so-called 'academic' books on musicals can't hold a candle to Miller's expertise, knowledge, or insights, and Miller's book is a lot more fun to read and a lot easier to understand. Buy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a bi-continental director (London, New York, and Los Angeles), I was delighted to find that Miller doesn't have an American prejudice in his work -- in fact he highly respects the work non-American directors have done on American classics and that's quite refreshing. His books (this one and 'From Assassins To West Side Story') are the best examples I've seen of serious considerations of important, interesting musical theatre, yet with a sense of fun and joy, and with a devilish penchant for denying conventional wisdom when it doesn't make sense. In fact, he makes cases (in both books) for changing the conventional wisdom on a number of American classics. These terrific books are must-reads for both the theatre professional and the rabid fan as well -- both are inestimable treasures.