The Secret Life Of The American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built
  • The Secret Life Of The American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built
  • The Secret Life Of The American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built
ISBN: 0374256926
EAN13: 9780374256920
Language: English
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 8.8" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A New York Times Bestseller

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 again. Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical?

In The Secret Life of the American Musical, Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next--by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion--from Oklahoma to Hamilton and onward.

Structured like a musical, The Secret Life of the American Musical begins with an overture and concludes with a curtain call, with stops in between for I Want songs, conditional love songs, production numbers, star turns, and finales. The ultimate insider, Viertel has spent three decades Read More chevron_right

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