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: 1877

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.

Broadway Baby: Do Re Mi

An illustrated sing-along to the Sound of Music

Author: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Publisher: Walter Foster Jr

ISBN: 1633225402

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

View: 7878

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.

The Sound of Music

The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical

Author: Richard Rodgers,Oscar Hammerstein (II),Howard Lindsay,Russel Crouse

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema

ISBN: 9781423490791

Category: Music

Page: 149

View: 5055

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

Broadway Baby: My Favorite Things

An Illustrated Sing-along to the Sound of Music

Author: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1633223353

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

View: 9022

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 Companion

Author: Laurence Maslon,Andrew Lloyd Webber

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416549544

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 7177

Recounts the history of the Von Trapp family, traces the evolution of the popular musical from stage to screen, and describes the contributions of its composers, writers, and performers.

The Sound of Musicals

Author: Steven Cohan

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: 9781844573479

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 5103

This new collection addresses the film musical, a central genre in the Hollywood studio system, which has also been important within British, Hindi and Chinese cinema. Leading international scholars explore key issues, traditions, subgenres, stars and films of the musical film from the 1930s to the present.

Mixing a Musical

Broadway Theatrical Sound Techniques

Author: Shannon Slaton

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351033042

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 286

View: 9411

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.

The Making of The Sound of Music

Author: Max Wilk

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415979358

Category: Music

Page: 111

View: 2608

The Sound of Music was the last – and most successful – collaboration of two giants of the musical theater, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Enjoying a long run on Broadway and then transformed into a major hit film--recently reissued in a 40th anniversary edition on DVD with new footage – The Sound of Music remains among the most produced musicals by professional and amateur companies around the world. This book tells the full story of the making of the show, from the first rough ideas through the tryouts, fine tuning, and eventual triumph – all from an eyewitness to the events themselves. Wilk brings a musical theater historian's eye to the work, along with his passionate involvement as a witness to this history. For anyone and everyone who has ever thrilled to The Sound of Music, this book will be a must.

The Sound of Music FAQ

All That's Left to Know About Maria, the von Trapps, and Our Favorite Things

Author: Barry Monush

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1495025942

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 9152

(FAQ). The Sound of Music FAQ is a comprehensive, encyclopedia-like reference to the world's most popular movie musical. Rather than focusing on the often-told stories of this classic movie, this book looks at the 1965 Oscar-winner in relation to its source, including the true von Trapp family story and the Broadway musical from which it was derived. The Sound of Music FAQ explores such facts and trivia as the movie's phenomenal original run in cinemas, during which it dominated the box office for a staggering amount of time and became the highest grossing movie of the 1960s and of all time; its long and varied life on home video and primetime television; the bestselling soundtrack and many other related recordings; information behind the stunning Austrian locations; the critical feedback; the many stage revivals; and the continuing references, homages, reunions, and tributes related to it over the many decades since its release.

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: 2223

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.

The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals

Author: Dan Dietz

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442235055

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 478

View: 3398

This book examines in specific detail every Broadway musical which opened during the 1950s, perhaps the greatest decade for musicals—including South Pacific, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, and The Sound of Music. Besides technical information—such as cast and credits, plot, critical reviews, London productions, recordings, published scripts, and film versions—the book provides extensive commentary for nearly 200 musicals which opened during the decade. The book includes all New York City Center and Music Theatre of Lincoln Center revivals; New York City Opera revivals of Broadway musicals; productions of all pre-Broadway closings (musicals which closed either during New York previews or during pre-Broadway tryouts); concert productions (usually of one-man or one-woman shows); and all imports which opened during the decade.

Show Tunes

The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers

Author: Steven Suskin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199886156

Category: Music

Page: 624

View: 8645

Show Tunes fully chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theatre, from Jerome Kern's earliest interpolations to the latest hits on Broadway. Legendary composers like Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Bernstein, and Sondheim have been joined by more recent songwriters like Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Flaherty, Michael John LaChiusa, and Adam Guettel. This majestic reference book covers their work, their innovations, their successes, and their failures. Show Tunes is simply the most comprehensive volume of its kind ever produced, and this newly revised and updated edition discusses almost 1,000 shows and 9,000 show tunes. The book has been called "a concise skeleton key to the Broadway musical" (Variety) and "a ground-breaking reference work with a difference" (Show Music)-or, as the Washington Post observed, "It makes you sing and dance all over your memory." The eagerly anticipated Fourth Edition, updated through May, 2009, features the entire theatrical output of forty of Broadway's leading composers, in addition to a wide selection of work by other songwriters. The listings include essential production data and statistics, the most extensive information available on published and recorded songs, and lively commentary on the shows, songs, and diverse careers. Based on meticulous research, the book also uncovers dozens of lost musicals-including shows that either closed out of town or were never headed for Broadway-and catalogs hundreds of previously unknown songs, including a number of musical gems that have been misplaced, cut, or forgotten. Informative, insightful, and provocative, Show Tunes is an essential guide for anyone interested in the American musical.

Make Believe

The Broadway Musical in the 1920s

Author: Ethan Mordden

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Music

Page: 257

View: 9849

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 Story

Author: Tom Santopietro

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473526140

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 5425

In March 1965 the film of The Sound of Music was released - and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical began. Rarely has a film so captured the love and imagination of the public, blending history, music, Austrian location filming, heartfelt emotion and the yodelling of Julie Andrews into a monster hit. Now, Tom Santopietro has written the ultimate "Sound of Music" fan book with all the inside information - the real-life story of the Von Trapps, the behind the dramas of the casting - we all know that Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played Maria and Captain Von Trapp, but who else had been considered? – and the many hazards of shooting the film on location. We learn how some of the iconic songs came into being and what the actors really thought of it. Tom Santopietro knows all and will tell all. The Sound of Music Story is a book for everyone who cherishes this classic musical.

Anything Goes

A History of American Musical Theatre

Author: Ethan Mordden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199892830

Category: History

Page: 346

View: 4109

Offers a history of American musical theater from the 1920s through to the 1970s, and includes such famous works as "Oklahoma!," "The Red Mill," and "Porgy and Bess."

The Sound of Musicals

Author: Ruth Leon

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433127

Category: Music

Page: 96

View: 9542

The world of musicals is beautiful, complex, hilarious, hard-headed, and improbable. It is as hard to make a great musical as it is to fly a spaceship to the moon and there are at least as many moving parts. Why is a great musical as significant a theatrical achievement as, say, King Lear?In this entertaining new title in Oberon Masters Series, Ruth Leon tells all about the composers, the lyricists, the directors and the pioneers of the stage musical on both sides of the Atlantic while trying to reveal the truth behind the eternal question - what are musicals and why do we love them? ‘A whirlwind tour through musical theatre history... This book may be small but, like all the great shows about which Leon writes, it is perfectly formed’ - Jewish Chronicle ‘A slim and succinct account of the handful of 20th century musicals which, in Leon’s very well informed and experienced opinion, have changed the genre forever... I learned a great deal. Buy it.’ – The Stage ‘Light-hearted but informative... with an air of authority... is also beautifully bound: a slim, smart, slightly old-fashioned looking hardback.’ - What’s on ‘Ruth Leon has the ability to capture the essence of each musical, which is the real strength of pocket-sized hardback... a lovely little volume that will delight any devotee of this genre’ - British Theatre Guide ‘A must for any performing arts or drama student.’ - Ink Pellet


Author: David Walliams

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644560110

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 416

View: 4160

Nach dem überraschenden Tod ihrer Eltern ist Stella Saxby plötzlich Erbin von Schloss Saxby Hall. Doch ihre grässliche Tante Alberta und deren riesiger Berg-Uhu Wagner schrecken vor nichts zurück, um sich die Erbschaft unter den Nagel zu reißen. Vor gar nichts! Wie gut, dass Stella Freunde hat – wenn auch etwas spezielle Freunde: den schwerhörigen und fast blinden alten Butler Gibbon, zum Beispiel. Oder den Schornsteinfeger Ruß, der ein echter Geist ist. Werden sie es schaffen, Stellas Terror-Tantchen aus Schloss Saxby Hall zu vertreiben?


The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

Author: Dominic McHugh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199968144

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 9967

Few musicals have had the impact of Lerner and Loewe's timeless classic My Fair Lady. Sitting in the middle of an era dominated by such seminal figures as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, and Leonard Bernstein, My Fair Lady not only enjoyed critical success similar to that of its rivals but also had by far the longest run of a Broadway musical up to that time. From 1956 to 1962, its original production played without a break for 2,717 performances, and the show went on to be adapted into one of the most successful movie musicals of all time in 1964, when it won eight Academy Awards. Internationally, the show also broke records in London, and the original production toured to Russia at the height of the Cold War in an attempt to build goodwill. It remains a staple of the musical theater canon today, an oft-staged show in national, regional, and high school theaters across the country. Using previously-unpublished documents, author Dominic McHugh presents a completely new, behind-the-scenes look at the five-year creation of the show, revealing the tensions and complex relationships that went into its making. McHugh charts the show from the aftermath of the premiere of Shaw's Pygmalion and the playwright's persistent refusal to allow it to be made into a musical, through to the quarrel that led lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe to part ways halfway through writing the show, up to opening night and through to the present. This book is the first to shed light on the many behind-the-scenes creative discussions that took place from casting decisions all the way through the final months of frantic preparation leading to the premiere in March 1956. McHugh also traces sketches for the show, looking particularly at the lines cut during the rehearsal and tryout periods, to demonstrate how Lerner evolved the relationship between Higgins and Eliza in such a way as to maintain the delicate balance of ambiguity that characterizes their association in the published script. He looks too at the movie version, and how the cast album and subsequent revivals have influenced the way in which the show has been received. Overall, this book explores why My Fair Lady continues to resonate with audiences worldwide more than fifty years after its premiere.