Words with Music

Words with Music : Creating the Broadway Musical Libretto

By (author) Lehman Engel , Revised by Howard Kissel


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The dean of Broadway musical directors examines the dynamics of how the book, music, and lyrics work together to create hits. Howard Kissel extends the reach of Engel's subjects - "My Fair Lady", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Guys and Dolls", "Hair", "Pal Joey", "West Side Story", "South Pacific", "The Three Penny Opera", "Porgy and Bess" - by bringing them up to date with commentary on such shows as "A Chorus Line", "Nine", "Sunday in the Park with George", "Rent", "Working", "Falsettos", and "The Light in the Piazza". Kissel offers an attentive history of how musical theatre has evolved in the three decades since Engel wrote "Words With Music (1972)", and examines how Engel's classic remains vital and revealing today.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 33.02mm | 725.74g
  • 01 Jan 2006
  • Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Applause Theatre Book Publishers
  • New York
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1557835543
  • 9781557835543
  • 633,967

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Author Information

Lehman Engel (1910-82) played an integral role in Broadway theatre during its golden years. Howard Kissel, chief theatre critic for the New York Daily News, compiled and edited Stella Adler: The Art of Acting, and wrote David Merrick: The Abominable Showman.

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Review quote

"To anyone who loves musical theatre, Lehman Engel's Words With Music will be a source of joy and knowledge... amusing and delightful." -Richard Rodgers"

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