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.
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|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
The King and I
March of the Falsettos
The Music Man
Sunday in the Park with George
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.