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Writing Musical Theater

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  29 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This complete guide to the modern musical covers the entire process of creating a show, from finding and working out the initial idea, through the writing of both songs and libretto, to the ways in which writers can market a finished show and get it produced. This comprehensive book, for the interested theatergoer and writers, new or experienced, is written in a lively and ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: musical-theatre
Absolutely LOVED this text. It's short, but it is JAM PACKED with information on the history of the musical, basic play writing approach and theory (the libretto), basic lyric writing technique, song form structures, and basic music composition. Though it doesn't contain a complete course in all of the concentrations mentioned above, it serves as a FANTASTIC entry into the field of writing the musical theater, no matter what discipline to which you aspire.

Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Good, basic read for writers of (obviously) musical theater, but could be useful in a couple of places for screenwriters or playwrights as well. A warning, though: they give a lot of examples of other musicals to support some of the points they make, which won't be useful to you unless you're fairly familiar with the traditional American musical theater canon. Of particular use to me was the second part of the book, in which they go through the process of developing both an adaptation and an ori ...more
Greg Kerestan
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly useful, Allen Cohen's book focuses not so much on writing a musical (the easy part, believe it or not) as producing and marketing your show (VERY MUCH the hard part). I went in knowing nothing about this process and came out of the book with a stronger sense of how the industry works and what part I can play in it. Recommended for anyone who's already written at least one musical and is working on moving it forward from there.
Ann Addley
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is full of valuable information that I have struggled to find in other places.
Whether you want to write theatre or are simply a performer wanting a deeper understanding of your art, this book has all the info you need and examples to back it up. The only downside of this book is that its dense, paragraphs are long but if you have patience this book is packed with info.
Recommended by Chris Bassett, should we ever endeavor to write a musical together
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