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Writing The Broadway Musical
Brimming with advice and techniques, this essential reference for book- and songwriters clearly explains the fundamentals of the three crafts of a musical—book, music, and lyrics. Using copious examples from classic shows, Frankel has created the quintessential musical writers' how-to. Among the topics:definitions of musical theater; differences between musical books and s ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published August 18th 2000 by Da Capo Press
(first published April 1977)
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What I really liked about this book was that the author has a definite hierarchy and codification system on the broad term 'musical'. It's suffers from being a tad bit academic but for the right reader, like me, it's really a strength in the way that he breaks things down into minute details. I like having an "engineer's overview" on things so I can see all the various cogs in the machine I can play with while creating. (If you're a very organic creative type, it might feel too stodgy & rest ...more
This book is odd. It's definitely not the traditional "how to write" book. It talks about things that you need to consider, but never gives a classic road map on how to get it done. More than anything it's examples of the ideas he's talking about. Still, there area a lot of great points to consider. When I actually start writing I know I'm going to want to come back and read this. And have my collaborators read it as well.
Alternately clinical, scattered and helpful, Aaron Frankel's guide to writing musicals meanders more than the other works on the topic. Frankel's hands-on advice and personal experience is useful, but the book at large tries to do to many things at once.