The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built
For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and reaches its passionate zenith when it comes time for love, marriage, and children, who will start the cycle all over aga...more
Part of my disappointment is that I expected this to be a behind-the-scenes look at the business side of Broadway: literally, how you bring a show to the stage from start to finish. In reality, this is a book-length deconstruction of how the songs within the show succeed or fail. The book is divvie ...more
I had no previous musical theatre education but while reading this book I had no problems at all.
It also was very entertaining and the writing style suited me a lot thanks to its lightness.
I find it really hard to review The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built because in the beginning I enjoyed it sooo much - I wanted to see the umpteen musicals Jack Viertel talks about!! - but with time I had to force myself to continue.
Chapter for chapter the same thing: Musical after musical which fits best to that "building stage" of the musical/chapter (Opening Number, I Want,..). All together it's a few lyrics and story descriptions just strun ...more
This book is written in a straight-shooting tone of voice, by someone who has long experience in the industry, is a lifelong lover of musicals and has both practical experience but also has put a lot of thought into the subject ...more
Viertel covers 90 years of Broadway history analyzing how certain kinds of song worked or didn't work in particular positions in shows.
I think every musical fan would really enjoy this book. And if you're a musical writer, you might get a few hints.
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