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The musical theatre writer's survival guide

Author: David Spencer
Publisher: Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For its practitioners, musical theatre is an art, a passion, and a lifelong love. But it's also a complex landscape involving not merely principles of craft about book, music, and lyrics, but also principles of collaboration, script/demo presentation, project/production development, venue, business, and - everybody's area of uncertainty - politics." "In The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide, award-winning
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spencer, David, 1954-
Musical theatre writer's survival guide.
Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann, ©2005
(OCoLC)639548764
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Spencer
ISBN: 0325007861 9780325007861
OCLC Number: 57750407
Description: xvi, 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Section 1. Establishing relationships. You're only as good as your partner--
and vice versa, or, Collaboration ; That other collaborator, or, The director ; The chards and the suits, or, Agents and producers --
Section 2. The basic components. Throwing the book at you, or, The plainly visible secrets of successful libretti ; Knowing the score, or, Music and lyrics --
Section 3. Practical application. The spirit of the thing, or, Adaptation ; The bogus condition, or, Writer's block ; It ain't kid stuff, or, Writing musicals for young audiences ; Speed kills, shift happens, and other homilies, or, Writing comedy ; Well, maybe thou shalt steal, or, Influences --
Section 4. You are what you submit, or, Presentation, format, and packaging ; Audio with pictures, or, The art of the reading ; Acceptable margins, or, Proper playscript formatting ; Sound advice, or, Demo recordings --
Section 5. Random thoughts, coda, and appendices. Afterword: Random thoughts ; Coda.
Responsibility: David Spencer ; foreword by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.
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"For its practitioners, musical theatre is an art, a passion, and a lifelong love. But it's also a complex landscape involving not merely principles of craft about book, music, and lyrics, but also principles of collaboration, script/demo presentation, project/production development, venue, business, and - everybody's area of uncertainty - politics." "In The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide, award-winning musical dramatist and teacher David Spencer provides a sassy, lively guide-to-the-game that helps you negotiate all those aspects of the business and more."

"If you're taking your first steps, Spencer's counsel, anecdotes, and instructions will save you years of blindly stumbling about without results. Likewise, if you've been around the block a few times, The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide can rescue you from the kinds of career-stalling traps, bad habits, and false assumptions that lead to dead ends."--Jacket.

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