The Sound of Broadway Music

A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations

Author: Steven Suskin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199790841

Category: Music

Page: 664

View: 2929

Broadway's top orchestrators - Robert Russell Bennett, Don Walker, Philip J. Lang, Jonathan Tunick - are names well known to musical theatre fans, but few people understand precisely what the orchestrator does. The Sound of Broadway Music is the first book ever written about these unsung stars of the Broadway musical whose work is so vital to each show's success. The book examines the careers of Broadway's major orchestrators and follows the song as it travels from the composer's piano to the orchestra pit. Steven Suskin has meticulously tracked down thousands of original orchestral scores, piecing together enigmatic notes and notations with long-forgotten documents and current interviews with dozens of composers, producers, conductors and arrangers. The information is separated into three main parts: a biographical section which gives a sense of the life and world of twelve major theatre orchestrators, as well as incorporating briefer sections on another thirty arrangers and conductors; a lively discussion of the art of orchestration, written for musical theatre enthusiasts (including those who do not read music); a biographical section which gives a sense of the life and world of twelve major theatre orchestrators, as well as incorporating briefer sections on another thirty arrangers and conductors; and an impressive show-by-show listing of more than seven hundred musicals, in many cases including a song-by-song listing of precisely who orchestrated what along with relevant comments from people involved with the productions. Stocked with intriguing facts and juicy anecdotes, many of which have never before appeared in print, The Sound of Broadway Music brings fascinating and often surprising new insight into the world of musical theatre.

The Broadway Sound

The Autobiography and Selected Essays of Robert Russell Bennett

Author: Robert Russell Bennett,George Joseph Ferencz

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 9781580460224

Category: Music

Page: 356

View: 6993

The previously unpublished autobiography and additional essays by the orchestrator-composer of some of America's most important musical theatre productions.

Broadway Baby: Do Re Mi

An Illustrated Sing-along to the Sound of Music

Author: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1633223345

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

View: 4634

Introduce the splendor of Broadway music to your children with the Broadway Baby series! Now you can share and enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music with your children in this gorgeously illustrated book. The first title in the series, Do Re Mi pairs the famous lyrics with beautiful and sweet illustrations that help bring the classic songs to life. Kids will find it super easy to read -- or sing -- along to this classic Broadway hit. A perfect addition to any child’s bookshelf, especially in a warm home that’s always full of music.

Mixing a Musical

Broadway Theatrical Sound Techniques

Author: Shannon Slaton

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351033042

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 286

View: 4860

Mixing a Musical: Broadway Theatrical Sound Techniques, Second Edition pulls the curtain back on one of the least understood careers in live theatre: the role and responsibilities of the sound technician. This comprehensive book encompasses every position from shop crew labor to assistant designer to sound board operator and everything in between. Written in a clear and easy to read style, and illustrated with real-world examples of personal experience and professional interviews, Slaton shows you how to mix live theatre shows from the basics of equipment and set ups, using sound levels to creating atmosphere, emotion and tension to ensure a first rate performance every time. This new edition gives special attention to mixing techniques and practices. And, special features of the book include interviews with some of today’s most successful mixers and designers.

Through the Screen Door

What Happened to the Broadway Musical when it Went to Hollywood

Author: Thomas S. Hischak

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810850187

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 311

View: 2895

This book is about the transition that musicals went through when they traveled from the stage to the screen. While the approach is critical, the style is readable and yields fascinating knowledge on the many things that did and didn't happen as theatre and film have merged throughout the past century.Hischak'sanalysis covers productions from The Desert Song (1927), to Chicago (2002).

Show tunes, 1905-1991

the songs, shows, and careers of Broadway's major composers : revised and expanded

Author: Steven Suskin

Publisher: Amadeus Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 769

View: 4747

Includes over 30 major composers and their work.

The Book of Broadway

The Definitive Plays and Musicals

Author: Eric Grode

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 076035734X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

View: 5187

The Book of Broadway is a celebratory, gorgeous tome dedicated to what is arguably the quintessential American art form: the Broadway show. Lose yourself in 150 profiles of the best, most influential, and most important Broadway musicals and plays ever produced.Shows profiled include everything from the 1860s musical The Black Crook, which captivated and titillated audiences for more than five hours, to Hamilton, Broadway's biggest story of 2016. The men and women who shaped Broadway history--such as Stephen Sondheim, Tennessee Williams, Bernadette Peters, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Ethel Merman, Marlon Brando, August Wilson, and Nathan Lane--are celebrated for their groundbreaking work and photographs throughout illustrate the stunning designs of the shows. This comprehensive book by Eric Grode--arts writer for The New York Times, and author of Hair: The Story of the Show That Defined a Generation--is the ultimate guide to Broadway shows. Even if you consider yourself an expert in the theater, you will be amazed by the fantastic Broadway trivia scattered throughout this volume, as well as the palpable sense of history in this encyclopedic treatment of one of our most beloved pastimes. Just a few of the titles included are: -Annie -The Book of Mormon -Bye Bye Birdie -Cat on a Hot Tin Roof -Chicago -Death of a Salesman -Fiddler on the Roof -Grease -Guys and Dolls -Hamilton -Hello, Dolly! -Kiss Me, Kate -Les Miserables -The Music Man -My Fair Lady -The Phantom of the Opera -Rent -Six Degrees of Separation -The Sound of Music -A Streetcar Named Desire -West Side Story And so many more!

Music Direction for the Stage

A View from the Podium

Author: Joseph Church

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199993416

Category: Music

Page: 392

View: 5709

JOSEPH CHURCH is best known for his work as music director and supervisor of two groundbreaking Broadway musicals, The Who's Tommy and The Lion King. He has worked on countless other productions as music director, conductor, keyboardist, and/or arranger, on and Off-Broadway, nationwide, and worldwide, among them, In The Heights, Sister Act, Les Miserables, Little Shop Of Horrors, Randy Newman's Faust, and Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. Also an active composer, he has written for film, television, the concert stage, and over thirty plays and musicals.

The Sound of Their Music

The Story of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Author: Frederick W. Nolan

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557834737

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 326

View: 5333

(Applause Books). The greatest partnership in the history of the musical, captured in print, wonderfully illustrated. For this new edition, the book has been completely rewritten and substantially expanded to include material on Rodgers' early career with Lorenz Hart as well as his later work, and also features recollections from such theatrical titans as Sheldon Harnick, Martin Charnin, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents. Also, a completely new appendix reveals the details of the continuing worldwide phenomenon of Rodgers and Hammerstein's work up to and including the 2002 centennial year for Rodgers.

Broadway Baby: Do Re Mi

An Illustrated Sing-along to the Sound of Music

Author: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1633223345

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

View: 7886

Introduce the splendor of Broadway music to your children with the Broadway Baby series! Now you can share and enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music with your children in this gorgeously illustrated book. The first title in the series, Do Re Mi pairs the famous lyrics with beautiful and sweet illustrations that help bring the classic songs to life. Kids will find it super easy to read -- or sing -- along to this classic Broadway hit. A perfect addition to any child’s bookshelf, especially in a warm home that’s always full of music.

Broadway Baby: My Favorite Things

An illustrated sing-along to the Sound of Music

Author: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Publisher: Walter Foster Jr

ISBN: 1633225410

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

View: 1376

The new Broadway Baby series introduces classic songs from musicals to young children. This time we enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things from the classic musical The Sound of Music. The second title in the Broadway Baby series, this book pairs the famous lyrics of My Favorite Things with beautiful, colorful illustrations. It brings the classic song to life with illustrations of lyrics that are easy for kids to read and sing along to. Perfect for the family that loves musicals, this title is a great addition to any child's library.

The Sound of Music

The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical

Author: Richard Rodgers,Oscar Hammerstein,Howard Lindsay,Russel Crouse

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema

ISBN: 9781423490791

Category: Music

Page: 149

View: 4081

This stellar collaboration of songwriters Rodgers and Hammerstein and librettists Lindsay and Crouse was destined to become the world's most beloved musical.

Song of Spider-Man

The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History

Author: Glen Berger

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451684584

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

View: 4580

“One of the best literary works of this year” (Miami Herald-Tribune): The true story of a theatrical dream—or nightmare—come true…the making of the Spider-Man musical. As you might imagine, writing a Broadway musical has its challenges. But it turns out there are challenges one can’t begin to imagine when collaborating with two rock legends and a superstar director to stage the biggest, most expensive production in theater history. Renowned director Julie Taymor picked playwright Glen Berger to cowrite the book for a $25 million Spider-Man musical. Together—along with U2’s Bono and Edge—they would shape a work that was technically daring and emotionally profound, with a story fueled by the hero’s quest for love…and the villains’ quest for revenge. Or at least, that’s what they’d hoped for. But when charismatic producer Tony Adams died suddenly, the show began to lose its footing. Soon the budget was ballooning, financing was evaporating, and producers were jumping ship or getting demoted. And then came the injuries. And then came word-of-mouth about the show itself. What followed was a pageant of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more harrowing mishaps, and a whole lot of malfunctioning spider legs. This “circus-rock-and-roll-drama,” with its $65 million price tag, had become more of a spectacle than its creators ever wished for. During the show’s unprecedented seven months of previews, the company’s struggles to reach opening night inspired breathless tabloid coverage and garnered international notoriety. Through it all, Berger observed the chaos with his signature mix of big ambition and self-deprecating humor.

Make Believe

The Broadway Musical in the 1920s

Author: Ethan Mordden

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 257

View: 4605

The 1920s represented a turning point in the history of the Broadway musical, breaking with the vaudeville traditions of the early twentieth century to anticipate the more complex, sophisticated musicals of today. Composers Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and their contemporaries revitalized the musical with the sound of jazz and other new influences. Productions became more elaborate, with dazzling sets, tumultuous choreography, and staging tricks, all woven into tightly constructed story lines. These dramatic changes of the 1920s ushered in the "golden age" of the American musical theater. Ethan Mordden captures the excitement and the atmosphere of Broadway during the 1920s in Make Believe. In captivating, lively prose, Mordden describes in superb detail the stars, the songs, the jokes--the sheer fun of this era. Here are shows great, interesting, or even bizarre-- Sally , The Student Prince, Rose-Marie, Lady, Be Good!, No, No, Nannette, Rainbow, Good News!, Ziegfeld Follies, The "Coconuts", The 5 Oclock Girl, Blossom Time, Whoopee. Early on, the charisma of entertainers such as the bragging Al Jolson ("You ain't heard nothin' yet!"), the bewitching Marilyn Miller, the madly prancing Eddie Cantor, the unpredictable Gertrude Lawrence, and the indescribable Marx Brothers were the essential element in a hit musical. But, as Mordden demonstrates, the stars lost power and the authors took control, as shows like Desert Song , Peggy-Ann, Strike Up the Band, and Sweet Adeline reinvented the old forms. The musical became more "adult," too, baiting the censor in the lyrics of Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, and B. G. DeSylva. And Broadway became more racially integrated, with "blackface" acts dying out while all-black musicals such as Shuffle Along and the Blackbirds shows enjoyed mainstream success. Make Believe reaches its climax with Morddens' deep look at Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's 1927 masterpiece, Show Boat. With its intricate story line spanning four decades, its gala interracial cast, its stunning physical production, its powerful score including "Ol' Man River," "Bill," "Mis'ry's Comin' Aroun'," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Life on the Wicked Stage," and "Why Do I Love You?," Show Boat was the first American musical universally hailed as a classic. Fusing the decade's developments into one epic show, Kern and Hammerstein created something at once timeless and contemporary, the ultimate twenties show but, as producer Florenz Ziegfeld called it on the posters, "the all American musical comedy."

The Sound of Music

Author: Bert Fink,Dan Andreasen,Bruce Foster

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781847383716

Category: Musicals

Page: 14

View: 9149

The much-loved tale of Maria and the von Trapp family is magically brought to life in this spectacular pop-up format. Based on the classic musical, this pop-up book transports the reader from the peaceful abbey to the lush green hills and breathtaking Austrian Alps. With intricate visual pops and lyrics from some of the memorable songs, such as 'My Favourite Things', 'Edelweiss', and 'Do-Re-Mi', The Sound of Music pop-up is sure to become a favourite thing in any family's library.

Writing The Broadway Musical

Author: Aaron Frankel

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0786752025

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 196

View: 6785

Brimming with advice and techniques, this essential reference for book- and songwriters clearly explains the fundamentals of the three crafts of a musical—book, music, and lyrics. Using copious examples from classic shows, Frankel has created the quintessential musical writers' how-to. Among the topics:definitions of musical theater; differences between musical books and straight plays and between poetry and lyrics; what a score is and how it develops; how to write for the voice; and how to audition musicals for producers. With a new introduction and revised text, Frankel's work is ready to guide a new generation of aspiring writers.

The Sound of Music Story

How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time

Author: Tom Santopietro

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466870591

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 1882

On March 2, 1965, "The Sound of Music" was released in the United States and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was on. Rarely has a film captured the love and imagination of the moviegoing public in the way that "The Sound of Music" did as it blended history, music, Austrian location filming, heartfelt emotion and the yodeling of Julie Andrews into a monster hit. Now, Tom Santopietro has written the ultimate "Sound of Music" fan book with all the inside dope from behind the scenes stories of the filming in Austria and Hollywood to new interviews with Johannes von Trapp and others. Santopietro looks back at the real life story of Maria von Trapp, goes on to chronicle the sensational success of the Broadway musical, and recounts the story of the near cancellation of the film when the "Cleopatra" bankrupted 20th Century Fox. We all know that Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played Maria and Captain Von Trapp, but who else had been considered? Tom Santopietro knows and will tell all while providing a historian's critical analysis of the careers of director Robert Wise and screenwriter Ernest Lehman, a look at the critical controversy which greeted the movie, the film's relationship to the turbulent 1960s and the super stardom which engulfed Julie Andrews. Tom Santopietro's "The Story of 'The Sound of Music'" is book for everyone who cherishes this American classic.

Memories Before and After the Sound of Music

An Autobiography

Author: Agathe von Trapp

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062010557

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 8099

Agathe von Trapp, the oldest daughter in the Trapp Family Singers, offers readers the real story behind an American classic in her poignant and fascinating autobiography Memories Before and After The Sound of Music. The courageous family and events immortalized in the beloved Broadway musical and hit Hollywood film come vibrantly alive in these pages, and Agathe’s post-Sound of Music life is equally compelling.