Words with Music

Words with Music

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The dean of Broadway musical directors examines the dynamics of how the book, music and lyrics work together to create such hits as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Pal Joey, West Side Story, Company, South Pacific, Threepenny Opera and Porgy and Bess. Howard Kissel, chief theater critic for the New York Daily News, extends the reach of Engel's subjects by bringing them up to date with commentary on such shows as A Chorus Line, Nine, Sunday in the Park with George, Rent, Working and Falsettos. Kissel offers a thoughtful history on how musical theater has evolved in the three decades since Engel wrote Words with Music (1972) and how Engel's classic work remains vital and illuminating today.What has casting to do with the style of a musical score? Why also did the Zorba score make a pale attempt at imitating Greek music? In the end, this sort of thing must fail since at best it is only an imitation, as is the aquot;Spanishaquot; music of Man ofanbsp;...

Title:Words with Music
Author:Lehman Engel
Publisher:Hal Leonard Corporation - 2006-01


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