Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre

Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre

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By (author) Foster Hirsch, Foreword by Harold Prince, Foreword by Stephen Sondheim

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  • Publisher: Applause Theatre Book Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1557836175
  • ISBN 13: 9781557836175
  • Edition statement: Rev and Expanded ed.
  • Illustrations note: 74 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 524,497

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(Applause Books). Here is a complete look at the outstanding career of Harold Prince, the most honored and influential producer/director in the history of postwar American musical theatre. Prince was a producer of The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story; producer and director of Cabaret; and was involved in a series of landmark collaborations with composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd . He directed Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and The Phantom of the Opera . His work has helped significantly to alter the musical, with convention-challenging subject matter, music, staging and design. It's no wonder he's won more Tony Awards than anyone else: 20 and counting. Foster Hirsch has updated the 1989 edition of this book to include Prince's more recent work on Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade and the award-winning revival of Show Boat . He most notably gives an account of the creation and fortunes of Bounce, the 2003 musical that reunited Prince and Sondheim for the first time in 20 years. Prince gave Hirsch privileged, behind-the-scenes info during Bounce's pre-production process that makes for riveting reading. Prince's career is followed through both the victories and the disappointments. The book is illustrated with numerous rare photos of Prince's work, making it a must for any theatre fan! "Hirsch's book is marvelous, containing some of the best analysis of major musicals I've ever come across." Ken Mandelbaum, Theater Week

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Foster Hirsch, professor of film at Brooklyn College, has updated the original edition of this book adding new interviews with Prince. He analyses Prince's more recent works, inc. Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade, and the award-winning revival of Show Boat. He provides a riveting account of the creation and fortunes of Bounce, the 2003 musical that reunited Prince and Sondheim for the first time in twenty years.

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"Hugely important and intelligent" - Sheridan Morley, The Times"