How Musicals Work: And How To Write Your Own by Julian WoolfordHow Musicals Work: And How To Write Your Own by Julian Woolford

How Musicals Work: And How To Write Your Own

byJulian Woolford

Paperback | December 25, 2012

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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 Misérables, 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.
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 and in Europe, and he has directed many British national tours and productions in regional theatres, including the hugely successful 2010 national tour of Oklahom...
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Title:How Musicals Work: And How To Write Your OwnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.45 × 5.5 × 1.18 inPublished:December 25, 2012Publisher:Playwrights Canada PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1848421753

ISBN - 13:9781848421752

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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.? Tim Rice - 20130117