How Musicals Work

How Musicals Work : And How to Write Your Own

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Musicals are the most popular form of stage entertainment today, with the West End and Broadway dominated by numerous long-running hits. But for every Wicked or Phantom of the Opera, there are dozens of casualties that didn't fare quite so well. In this book, Julian Woolford explores the musical-theatre canon to explain why and how some musicals work, why some don't, and what you should (and shouldn't) do if you're thinking of writing your own. Drawing on his experience as a successful writer and director of musicals, and as a lecturer in writing musicals at the University of London, Woolford outlines every step of the creative process, from hatching the initial idea and developing a structure for the work, through creating the book, the music and the lyrics, and on to the crucial process of rewriting. He then guides the reader through getting a musical produced, with invaluable advice about generating future productions and sustaining a career.
The book includes dozens of exercises to assist the novice writer in developing their craft, and detailed case studies of well-known musicals such as Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, Miss Saigon, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell and Evita. An essential guide for any writers (or would-be writers) of musicals, How Musicals Work is a fascinating insight for anyone interested in the art form or who has ever wondered what it takes to get from first idea to first night.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 139 x 216 x 29mm | 500g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, printed music items
  • 1848421753
  • 9781848421752
  • 37,952

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"If anyone knows how musicals work (I'm not sure I do), this highly entertaining dissection of every aspect of that bewildering art form reveals that Julian Woolford does." Sir Tim Rice (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King) "A comprehensive and thoughtful guide to everything one must consider in order to write a successful musical. It would take at least a decade to learn all of this on one's own. Invaluable." David Zippel, (lyricist of City of Angels, The Woman in White and Disney's Hercules) "There is plenty here of interest to anyone wishing to analyse or create musicals or even with a general interest in the subject." (British Theatre Guide)
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About Julian Woolford

JULIAN WOOLFORD is a theatre director, playwright and lyricist, based in the UK and working internationally. Julian's productions have been seen in the West End, off-Broadway, in Europe and he has directed many British national tours and productions in regional theatres, including the hugely successful 2010 national tour of 'Oklahoma!' starring Marti Webb.
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