This book pulls the curtain back on the making of the Broadway musical "Wicked", and is based largely...moreA lavish look behind the scenes of a great show!
This book pulls the curtain back on the making of the Broadway musical "Wicked", and is based largely on interviews with the show's creators, including Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Winnie Holzman (book), as well producers, director, costume designer, set designer, make up designer, and several of the actors from the original Broadway run, including Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda) and Idina Menzel (Elphaba).
The book contains chapters on the origins of the show, as well as the process by which the music, costumes, make up, and set design were developed for the show. This includes the story of how Stephen Schwartz convinced Gregory Macuire (the author of the book upon which the show is based) and Universal Pictures (who had licensed the book for film) to produce a musical version of the story, and how he enlisted later Winnie Holzman and the other creatives involved in developing the show.
The book also includes a section that tells the story of the show, including all the lyrics from all of the show's songs.
As a fan of musicals in general and a student of the creative process, this book was a a very welcome addition to my library.
I recommend this book to anyone who is fan of the show or musicals in general, but it's also a great examination of the creative process involved in taking a property from one medium and adapting it to another medium.(less)
A fun little book about reading. I especially liked the idea of creating a "Living Library" and lists of books you've read and plan to read (your List...moreA fun little book about reading. I especially liked the idea of creating a "Living Library" and lists of books you've read and plan to read (your List of Candidates), as well as a library of books that await your reading (your Library of Candidates).
I definitely lean on the side of being a "Preservationist" (someone who does *not* write in their books), but I do like the idea of taking notes while reading. I just need to find the right mechanism for that (something that the Kindle provides through annotations, but that doesn't help with paper books).
If you enjoy reading, you should try to track down a copy of this, since it will likely spur you to more carefully consider what and how you read.(less)
One of the better of the Imagineering Field Guides, this book should be in the library of any fan of the Magic Kingdom, or any student of Imagineering...moreOne of the better of the Imagineering Field Guides, this book should be in the library of any fan of the Magic Kingdom, or any student of Imagineering.
The Imagineering Field Guides are among my favorite books in my Disney/Imagineering library. They not only spotlight interesting details about the parks, but also are great guides to the design principles and practices employed by WDI in the design and construction of the Disney parks.
This is the revised version of this guide, which includes updates based on renovations, refurbishments, and new attractions added since the guides's original publication in 2005 (this update was published in 2009). I haven't yet had a chance to compare both editions side by side, but will be doing that at some point, mostly out of curiosity, but also in case the choices made in this edition highlight specific design principles.
I strongly recommend this book to any fan of Disney theme parks in general and Magic Kingdom in particular.(less)
A great read and a great addition to the library of any fan of Disney theme parks.
The Imagineering Field Guides are some of my favorite Disney Imagine...moreA great read and a great addition to the library of any fan of Disney theme parks.
The Imagineering Field Guides are some of my favorite Disney Imagineering books. They not only provide lots of interesting details about the design of the parks, but they are also a great look at the design principles used by Walt Disney Imagineering in the design of all of the parks, resorts, and attractions they create.
This is the "revised and updated" edition of this book. I'd previously read and enjoyed the original version (multiple times, in fact), but this edition includes information about some of the newer attractions and recent changes at Epcot (since 2006 when the first edition was published), including The Seas with Nemo and Friends (formerly The Living Seas), updates to Spaceship Earth, and Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure (which is currently in the midst of being updated to Disney's Phineas and Ferb Agent P's World Showcase Adventure). I haven't closely compared this edition to the original yet, but I plan to do a page-by-page comparison to satisfy my curiosity about how much has been updated and revised.
I highly recommend this book to any fan of Disney theme parks, or anyone interested in the fields of Imagineering and theme park design.(less)