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Songwriters of the American Musical Theatre

Songwriters of the American Musical Theatre Author Nathan Hurwitz
ISBN-10 9781317428329
Release 2016-09-01
Pages 332
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From the favorites of Tin Pan Alley to today’s international blockbusters, the stylistic range required of a musical theatre performer is expansive. Musical theatre roles require the ability to adapt to a panoply of characters and vocal styles. By breaking down these styles and exploring the output of the great composers, Songwriters of the American Musical Theatre offers singers and performers an essential guide to the modern musical. Composers from Gilbert and Sullivan and Irving Berlin to Alain Boublil and Andrew Lloyd Webber are examined through a brief biography, a stylistic overview, and a comprehensive song list with notes on suitable voice types and further reading. This volume runs the gamut of modern musical theatre, from English light opera through the American Golden Age, up to the "mega musicals" of the late Twentieth Century, giving today’s students and performers an indispensable survey of their craft.

A History of the American Musical Theatre

A History of the American Musical Theatre Author Nathan Hurwitz
ISBN-10 9781317912057
Release 2014-06-27
Pages 260
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From the diverse proto-theatres of the mid-1800s, though the revues of the ‘20s, the ‘true musicals’ of the ‘40s, the politicisation of the ‘60s and the ‘mega-musicals’ of the ‘80s, every era in American musical theatre reflected a unique set of socio-cultural factors. Nathan Hurwitz uses these factors to explain the output of each decade in turn, showing how the most popular productions spoke directly to the audiences of the time. He explores the function of musical theatre as commerce, tying each big success to the social and economic realities in which it flourished. This study spans from the earliest spectacles and minstrel shows to contemporary musicals such as Avenue Q and Spiderman. It traces the trends of this most commercial of art forms from the perspective of its audiences, explaining how staying in touch with writers and producers strove to stay in touch with these changing moods. Each chapter deals with a specific decade, introducing the main players, the key productions and the major developments in musical theatre during that period.

Beating Broadway

Beating Broadway Author Steve Cuden
ISBN-10 148122302X
Release 2013-04-05
Pages 466
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The popularity of musicals has reached an all-time high leading to the development of numerous original shows. In this comprehensive new guide, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations, written by veteran storyteller and successful creator of musicals Steve Cuden, readers learn how the plots and stories behind musicals are developed and honed. With a breezy, lighthearted approach, creators at all levels are provided key advice for building winning musical stories. Cuden, who has been there, done that, offers writers the know-how and encouragement to construct brilliant, attention-grabbing musical storylines. Beating Broadway provides readers with practical, down-to-earth advice for crafting successful musical theater stories that will reach audiences everywhere. This complete, two-part manual also guides aspiring writers in what it takes to develop shows that can attract Broadway producers. By showing writers the ins and outs of storytelling required for today's commercial musical theater, Beating Broadway places success firmly within grasp. Readers also gain insight into how stories function in forty of the world's most beloved stage and movie musicals as Cuden breaks down each one into key narrative beats and plot points. “Beating Broadway is a take-you-by-the-hand guided tutorial written by a seasoned professional who really knows his stuff. This book feeds your mind with how stories for musicals are made. If you are interested in creating or producing a musical, Steve's insights will be helpful and inspiring to you.JEFF MARX, Tony winning Composer/Lyricist of Avenue Q “Beating Broadway digs deep to the core of how stories for successful musicals are created. This is a must-have book for anyone who wants to write exceptional musicals or is just a fan.”SCOTT WITTMAN, Tony Winning Lyricist of Hairspray and Co-Lyricist and Executive Producer for the Hit TV Series, Smash “Beat-by-beat, Steve Cuden breaks down story, structure, and song spotting so you can beat the Broadway musical before it beats you!”CHERI STEINKELLNER, Emmy-winning Writer/Producer of Cheers and Teacher's Pet, Tony-nominated Writer of Sister Act

Ever After

Ever After Author Barry Singer
ISBN-10 1557835292
Release 2004-01-01
Pages 328
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A detailed show-by-show history of the last quarter century in American musical theater that attempts to explain how the storied Broadway tradition went so very wrong in many cases.

The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre

The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre Author Sarah Stanton
ISBN-10 0521446546
Release 1996-03-07
Pages 419
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Making Musicals

Making Musicals Author Tom Jones
ISBN-10 9781617748707
Release 2004-08-01
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(Limelight). The lyricist/librettist of The Fantasticks , the longest-running show in the history of the American theater, takes on a new role as your guide through the magical world of the stage musical.

Be the Best Swing on Broadway

Be the Best Swing on Broadway Author Jennie Ford
ISBN-10 1497464749
Release 2014-07-01
Pages 162
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There are thousands of performing arts schools grooming students for Broadway. Broadway is revered as the pinnacle of every performer's career. It's the “Olympics” of our sport that we have trained and worked so hard for. Would you be confident if you received a Broadway contract that said you were going to be a swing, a dance captain or an understudy? Hopefully you would reply, “yes”...after all, you have a college degree in the arts right? Half of the Broadway swings this season made their Broadway debut! These are fundamental jobs in every Broadway musical, so why aren't graduates prepared to do these jobs? The problem is that there is “book knowledge” from school and “learned knowledge” from being on the job. This book series is here to bridge the gap between the two. Students are taught how to pick songs for the roles they are right for, how to perform them, how to study scripts, how to audition and how to show the best of themselves. They study the history of theatre and graduate with confidence that they can nail that audition and land a job. What happens when a talented performer actually books a job? What skill-set do they have to prepare them for the responsibilities that come along with performing under a union contract? It's a rude awakening for some performers to find out that about 85% of Broadway performers are not principal performers. Even those principals are not always principals! The career choices are endless on Broadway and the idea is to prepare yourself for all opportunities. “Be the best on Broadway” is a how-to-series that will demystify and teach those who really want a career on Broadway, no matter how much schooling you may (or may not) have. Each book is written by a Broadway professional with first-hand experience and is regarded as an expert. Each writer is respected by their peers for the work they contribute on a daily basis on Broadway. The series breaks down the different job particulars in depth and provides tangible Broadway show examples. The goal is to combine valuable insight and resources into one book series to strengthen the chance of success for those who have the Broadway dream! “Be The Best on Broadway” series is intended to be the newest “gold standard” of this industry. It will become one of those “must have” book series similar to “Audition” by Michael Shurtleff, “Meisner on Acting” by Sanford Meisner”, and “Respect for Acting” by Uta Hagen. This particular book will prove to be invaluable to swings as well as any performer who wants to learn through this special “lens” ...the eye of a swing! This book looks at Broadway through the unique perspective of a swing. It will help you understand the chorus better and you will gain an appreciation for the old Broadway adage “the show must go on”. Swings are the very reason that the show can go on and you will soon see why. It is a job function on Broadway that is not widely written about or taught in schools. Until now, it's been every actor fending for themselves when offered a swing contract. I have been there! It took me many years of being a Broadway swing to figure out what works and what doesn't. I wish I had someone or some book to give me guidance at the beginning of my career. Think of this book as a “book of secrets” to give you the chance to be an outstanding swing. There is nothing more rewarding than being recognized by your peers for doing your job well. There is a high percentage of performers on Broadway that, at one time or another, have been asked to be a swing. The tips in this book will make you stand out as a swing. It also deals with relationship skills needed for a career on Broadway. “Talent” doesn't give you opportunities, relationships do! The goal is not to just do it well, but to become “the best” at it! The ultimate goal is to have it be the only book you will ever need to be the best swing on Broadway.

The American Musical Theatre

The American Musical Theatre Author Steven Porter
ISBN-10 UOM:39015031190575
Release 1987
Pages 138
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The American Musical Theatre has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The American Musical Theatre also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The American Musical Theatre book for free.

Recent American Art Song

Recent American Art Song Author Keith E. Clifton
ISBN-10 0810862107
Release 2008
Pages 310
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This reference source focuses on post-1980 songs with English texts by American composers, written for solo voice and piano. Composer entries include biographical and bibliographical information, as well as commentary concerning the range, appropriate voice type, and musical style of the songs.

Singing on Stage

Singing on Stage Author Jane Streeton
ISBN-10 9781408145340
Release 2014-05-08
Pages 192
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Singing on stage can be a daunting prospect for actors, particularly for those who have not sung before. Yet singing should be an essential part of every actor's toolkit. Singing on Stage: An Actor's Guide gives an insight for the first time into the vocal techniques and practical approaches that have been developed over generations as an integral part of the training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Jane Streeton and Philip Raymond are highly experienced performers and teachers; their book encourages each actor to explore their own authentic voice as opposed to offering a 'one-size-fits-all' or 'quick-fix' approach. Written in an accessible, friendly and enabling style, Singing on Stage: An Actor's Guide is packed with exercises to develop the actor's skills and gives an overview of: Â? elements of technique Â? how to work on a song Â? the process of singing theatrically Â? how to choose the best songs for you Featuring inspirational listening suggestions and the observations of successful performers and practitioners, Singing on Stage: An Actor's Guide is the must-have companion for complete beginners as well as for experienced actors who wish to develop their understanding of singing on stage.


Song Author Carol Kimball
ISBN-10 9781476853529
Release 2006-12-01
Pages 600
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(Book). Carol Kimball's comprehensive survey of art song literature has been the principal one-volume American source on the topic. Now back in print after an absence of several years, this newly revised edition includes biographies and discussions of the work of 150 composers of various nationalities, as well as articles on styles of various schools of composition.

A Singer s Guide to the American Art Song 1870 1980

A Singer s Guide to the American Art Song  1870 1980 Author Victoria Etnier Villamil
ISBN-10 9781461655992
Release 2004-10-05
Pages 480
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Considers the lives and contributions of 144 significant composers in the field. Includes a general discography, bibliography, and indexes for both titles and poets.

The Secret Life of the American Musical

The Secret Life of the American Musical Author Jack Viertel
ISBN-10 9780374711252
Release 2016-03-01
Pages 336
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A New York Times Bestseller For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, marriage, and children, who will start the cycle all over again. Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical? In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next—by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion—from Oklahoma! to Hamilton and onward. Structured like a musical, The Secret Life of the American Musical begins with an overture and concludes with a curtain call, with stops in between for “I Want” songs, “conditional” love songs, production numbers, star turns, and finales. The ultimate insider, Viertel has spent three decades on Broadway, working on dozens of shows old and new as a conceiver, producer, dramaturg, and general creative force; he has his own unique way of looking at the process and at the people who collaborate to make musicals a reality. He shows us patterns in the architecture of classic shows and charts the inevitable evolution that has taken place in musical theater as America itself has evolved socially and politically. The Secret Life of the American Musical makes you feel as though you’ve been there in the rehearsal room, in the front row of the theater, and in the working offices of theater owners and producers as they pursue their own love affair with that rare and elusive beast—the Broadway hit.

Easy to Remember

Easy to Remember Author William Zinsser
ISBN-10 1567923259
Release 2006
Pages 279
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In this warm and affectionate book, William Zinsser, author of the best-selling classic On Writing Well, describes his lifelong love affair with American popular song and the American musical theater. These are the words and melodies that are as familiar to us as the flag, so firmly ensconced in our mental topographies that they have become part of our standard literature, songs adopted and adapted by generations of performers, jazz singers, and musicians, deeply lodged in the memory of everyone who has ever heard them.All the Things You Are, Star Dust, Over the Rainbow, Laura, Stormy Weather, Some Enchanted Evening, Someone to Watch Over Me, My Funny Valentine ? the tunes are as "easy to remember" as breathing, but how were they written? What stars and what shows were they written for? Who were the men and women who wrote them? What makes the songs so good? Zinsser answers these questions. Starting with Show Boat in 1927, he provides a comprehensive overview, telling his story through the lives and careers of the great composers and lyricists: Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Dorothy Fields, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren, Jule Styne, Frank Loesser, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.Zinsser writes from an intimate knowledge of the songs, as a scholar of the American musical theater, and as a pianist-performer himself. The result is a book unlike any other in its authority, insight, and detail. Written with the author's usual elegance and humor, supported by lyrics that instantly bring back the songs and their emotional associations, Easy to Remember is handsomely illustrated with rare photographs of the songwriters and with sheet music covers of the songs they wrote ? one of America's gaudiest forms of poster art. With indices, song lists, and an extensive bibliography for show-tune aficionados, this is going to be the standard bedside reference for anyone who has ever found themselves seduced by this great American art form.

The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge Second Edition

The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge  Second Edition Author The New York Times
ISBN-10 0312376596
Release 2007-10-30
Pages 1320
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Presents information on nearly fifty major categories such as architecture, biology, business, history, medicine, sports, and film, a biographical dictionary, a list of the wonders of the world, and a writer's guide to grammar.

Singer s Guide to Powerful Performances

Singer   s Guide to Powerful Performances Author Jeannie Deva
ISBN-10 9781882224258
Release 2011-12-15
Pages 230
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“Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances” provides insider information that every singer needs in order to create an unforgettable performance. Drawing from over four decades of work with top performers in every musical genre, celebrity voice and performance coach Jeannie Deva has written a groundbreaking book which includes hundreds of linked video examples and numerous practice tips and techniques including 55 innovative exercises. "Jeannie Deva has created a fantastic book that provides invaluable information, tips and techniques for the modern vocalist; in fact, the modern artist. It is a great resource for bettering your craft. I highly recommend that you check it out." - David Frangioni Music Technologist, Digital Audio Specialist [Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Shania Twain, Sting, Capitol Records] Whether you’re a beginner or professional, you’ll gain insights and tools to achieve greater levels of excellence. Deva covers every facet of how to make your songs come alive and confidently deliver powerful performances. Its 23 chapters and 230 pages include how to: Achieve vocal strength and endurance Resolve stage fright and performance anxiety Connect with your audience Develop vocal embellishments and vibrato Blend choral and backup vocals The eight essential elements to learning a song Take advantage of your own style Infuse each song you sing with your own unique interpretation Win auditions and contests: band, musical theatre, televised, and Internet Fashion your performer image Create a sensational set list Effectively practice and get things done Successfully work with your band or accompanist Use mic technique to sound your best Find the best mic for your voice Command your stage sound and equipment Care for and maintain a healthy voice Best singer foods Deva’s singer-gear reviews, recommendations and much more! “Jeannie Deva is one of the nation’s most respected voice and performance coaches. Through Singer's Guide to Powerful Performances she offers many insights for vocalists who are striving for excellence." - Dale Kawashima, Music Publishing Exec who has worked with Michael Jackson, Prince, Sony Music and Motown Records “Jeannie Deva's Singer's Guide to Powerful Performances is the bible for all singers! It's like having your own personal singing guru with you all the time. She has packed this unbelievable book with every bit of ammunition a singer can use to succeed. It’s super fun to read and every page of the book is a gold nugget.” - Deedee O'Malley, LA Music Award Singer/Songwriter of the year, Lilith Fair Winner, Three Time Winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest “I’m thrilled to see a book for singers, which covers a breadth of essential topics from vocal warm-ups to insights on cutting edge technology. Jeannie Deva has given aspiring vocalists everywhere the gift of a relevant and readable guide as they journey toward new heights.” - Gregory A. Barker, Commissioning Editor, Voice Council Magazine “Jeannie is a wealth of energy and wisdom. Bottom line up front: “Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances” is a must-have book for any singer; a boot-camp for vocals and vocal performances.” - Ken Gonzales, Editor in Chief, Founder Vocals Magazine

The Singer Songwriter s Guide to Recording in the Home Studio

The Singer Songwriter s Guide to Recording in the Home Studio Author Shane Adams
ISBN-10 9781495070808
Release 2016-05-01
Pages 144
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(Berklee Guide). Record songs in your own home studio! Today's smart singer-songwriter needs to be able to record high quality demo recordings. Whatever your budget, living arrangement, or technological aptitude, this book will help you acquire songwriter-appropriate home studio gear and use it effectively. You will understand the key concepts about how the recording process works, and how to get the best sound possible out of whatever equipment you own and whatever style of music you produce. This book makes recording easy so you can spend your effeorts thinking about creatieve songwriting and performing, rather than struggling with technology.