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The Resource The secret life of the American musical : how classic Broadway shows are built, Jack Viertel

The secret life of the American musical : how classic Broadway shows are built, Jack Viertel

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The secret life of the American musical : how classic Broadway shows are built
Title
The secret life of the American musical
Title remainder
how classic Broadway shows are built
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Jack Viertel
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Language
eng
Summary
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 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."
Summary
How do musicals make it to Broadway? In this entertaining and informative book, Broadway veteran (producer, critic, professor, executive, etc.) Jack Viertel draws on a range of examples -- from The Music Man to Wicked to Hamilton -- and personal experiences to paint a picture of how the process works. Taking readers step-by-step through all the phases of a typical musical-theater story, from opening numbers to finales, Viertel offers a colorful exploration of Broadway. And for those who want to know what to listen to post-reading, Viertel provides a list of soundtracks. -- Description by Dawn Towery
Writing style
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10470052
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DLC
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Viertel, Jack
Dewey number
792.60973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Musicals
  • Musicals
  • Musicals
  • Musicals
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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how classic Broadway shows are built
Label
The secret life of the American musical : how classic Broadway shows are built, Jack Viertel
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Publication
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Includes index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn912140643
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780374256920
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015023713
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)912140643
Label
The secret life of the American musical : how classic Broadway shows are built, Jack Viertel
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn912140643
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780374256920
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015023713
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)912140643

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