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The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built eBook Kindle


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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 on Broadway, working on dozens of shows old and new as a conceiver, producer, dramaturg, and general creative force; he has his own unique way of looking at the process and at the people who collaborate to make musicals a reality. He shows us patterns in the architecture of classic shows and charts the inevitable evolution that has taken place in musical theater as America itself has evolved socially and politically.

The Secret Life of the American Musical makes you feel as though you’ve been there in the rehearsal room, in the front row of the theater, and in the working offices of theater owners and producers as they pursue their own love affair with that rare and elusive beast—the Broadway hit.

Sobre o Autor

Jack Viertel is the senior vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters. He has been involved in dozens of productions presented by Jujamcyn since 1987, including multiple Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners, from City of Angels to Angels in America. He has also helped shepherd six of August Wilson’s plays to Broadway. He is the artistic director of New York City Center’s acclaimed Encores! series, which presents three musical productions every season. In that capacity he has overseen fifty shows, for some of which he adapted the scripts. He conceived the long-running Smokey Joe’s Cafe and the critically acclaimed After Midnight and has been a creative consultant on many shows, including Hairspray, A
Christmas Story, and Dear Evan Hansen. He was the Mark Taper Forum’s dramaturg and the drama critic
and arts editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and he has spent a decade teaching musical theater
at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.


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  • Número de páginas: 336 páginas
  • Editora: Sarah Crichton Books (1 de março de 2016)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Fascinating 24 de abril de 2016
Por Jon Hunt - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Jack Viertel's new book, "The Secret Life of the American Musical" is a stunningly informative book about the structure and success (or lack thereof) of modern day musicals. In a compelling style, the author takes us through a performance from "Overture" to "Curtain Call" and describes in great detail how every aspect of a musical works. His experience in the world of musicals gives him credence that few other writers would be able to claim.

The book is set in a chronological order of a performance and being just a few years younger than Viertel, he helped me relive moments of musicals from my childhood. He particularly enjoys certain ones...."Guys and Dolls", "Gypsy" and "Fiddler", to name just three, but what makes Viertel's knowledge so wonderful is that he ably relates how musicals are set up and executed. I was especially fond of three chapters...."If I Loved You", "Intermission" and "Clambake", particularly enjoying his take on what was served at intermission a half-century ago. He also introduces the reader to things like the "11 o'clock number", a phrase about which I had never heard. His final chapter concerning recordings is a beautiful way to end the book.

I must admit that my own experience of musicals is much more confined to those of the fifties, sixties and seventies, so when Viertel launches into musicals beginning thirty years ago to the present...well, those were quicker reads for me. Yet all in all, "The Secret Life of the American Musical" is comprehensive with an nicely produced narrative. It's a must read for those who enjoy and want to know more about the American musical experience.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Love of the theatre permeates every page! 28 de abril de 2016
Por Michael D. Larsen - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Jack Viertel knows his sh...stuff. As a teacher of musical theatre technique and musical theatre history for more than 30 years, I can see through the charlatans who write books like this. And there are a good number of them. Therefore, it was a total joy to read the real goods from someone who has been a part of that very history for decades. Without being overly anecdotal and chatty, as some of these books tend to be, Mr. Viertel shares insights into the construction of musicals with an academic wisdom and a warm sense of humor. The thing you never doubt - and what really makes the book endearing - is his total and unmitigated passion for his subject matter. And when he does present an idea that is biased or slanted, he tells you so. In advance. For example, I don't know that I would lavish HAIRSPRAY with the amount of attention that Mr. Viertel does, but he reminds us early on that he had a very large hand in the creation of that show, and I think his pride in his own work (it IS an awfully good show) is commendable. I just don't know that it belongs in the same breath as GUYS AND DOLLS and GYPSY. But that's the fun part of being a musical theatre nut - getting to disagree with other musical theatre nuts about favorites! Anyway, if this is your world, this is a MUST, MUST, MUST READ. As a regular audience member at the invited dress rehearsals of the Encores series at City Center in New York, I have grown to look forward to Jack Viertel's introductions of the shows (he is the Artistic Director of Encores) as much as the shows themselves. He is witty and smart, a great teacher and an unabashed theatre-lover. All of that good stuff jumps out of every page of this book. Kudos.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Loved it! 13 de abril de 2016
Por S. Kirschner - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I'm a big Broadway fan and go to theater often. The Secret Life of the American Musical was a great read. It's obvious that Mr. Viertel really knows and loves his subject matter. It's written in a conversational tone and I found myself having to limit myself to a chapter a day because when I first received the book I was afraid I would finish it in two-three days and I wanted to really savor it because I was enjoying it so much. In addition to being thoroughly entertaining, this book really helped me understand why some musicals work for me and some don't -- and gave me a vocabulary to talk about it. It inspired to me to listen to 'new' soundtracks for shows I wasn't familiar with as well as re-listen to familiar soundtracks with a different ear. And I love that Mr. Viertel shares personal experiences with his decision making behind the scenes as well as looks at shows within the context of the history of musical theatre. I've given this book as a gift to a few friends and they love it too. If you're a fan of musical theatre, you will love this book.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas Really good read and very informative 10 de junho de 2016
Por Justin Woulard - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Excellent book, a really nice companion piece to Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway that I finished last week. Whereas the earlier book made me want to read more about theatre history. The Secret Life.. made me want to listen to and/or go see some shows that I have missed. There were a few places where I felt that the conceit fell apart a little bit (the book is structured like the musical structure it is teaching), but overall it works. This is a textbook, and at times it reads like one, but overall a fun read and very informative. I really loved the recommend cast albums section at the end.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Thank you, Jack! 9 de março de 2016
Por R. Patrick Baugh - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Amazing, simply amazing! For a Broadway investor/producer such as myself, Jack (who I don't know) brings an enormous amount of clarity to some of the questions I've always had about how a show is created and massaged into what you see on stage. And for the theatregoer, he ties together the musical stage traditions of the past to what we now see and experience, both in original shows and in revivals. Why he's not covering theatre each week for the NYTimes is a mystery, as he wouldn't just regurgitate press releases but would actually report and put into context what is happening on the Great White Way.

This book did take me longer to read than a similar length book would, because each time he mentioned a show tune, it immediately popped into my head and I'd have to mentally hum a few bars before being able to read on.
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