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Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre [Paperback]

Harold Prince , Stephen Sondheim , Foster Hirsch
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22 Sep 2005
This account of Prince's unique contributions to the American theatrical world--controversial subjects, innovative music, and theatrical stage design--is enhanced by extensive interviews, rare photos and exhaustive backstage material.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre Book Publishers; Rev. and Expanded Ed edition (22 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557836175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557836175
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hirsch reveals the hows and whys, unearthing the impetus of Prince's artistic ideas and annotating the birth and growth of each of his shows from 'The Pajama Game' to 'Phantom of the Opera'...Hirsch's Harold Prince is an indispensable book for any musical theatre buff's library." Bay Area Reporter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is not a biography. It is, rather, a detailed exploration of Harold Prince's process, his methods, from his beginnings in the 1950s with 'The Pajama Game,' on through his string of musicals with Stephen Sondheim. the two revivals of Bernstein's 'Candide' and, in this newly expanded version of a book originally published in 1989, the latest work by Prince, another Sondheim musical, 'Bounce,' the story of the Mizner brothers who were responsible for the real estate boom in Florida.
What makes this such an interesting read is that Prince is amazingly candid about his work, and this includes telling us what he believes went wrong with various of his less-successful ventures, and how even the successes might have been made better. We get inside his mind and come to admire his utter honesty and his immense creativity. Author Foster Hirsch, a professor who is an expert on American musical theater, writes in a neatly crafted style which makes the book un-put-downable.
This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the Broadway musical, particularly of the last fifty years.
Scott Morrison
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Put On A Show 28 July 2014
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
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For anyone who aspires to direct musical theatre this book is a "must read". Not only does it contain a huge amount of material about Harold Prince's professional life, but also fills in a great deal about how musicals are developed. It details how his own teams have worked on shows, successful and otherwise and is generally a revelation about the mechanics of the industry.

The style is fairly informal with plenty of quotes from colleagues. It is not a general praise of the great man; all the quotes are about the working life of musicals, their production and direction.

I recommend it for all scholars of Musical Theatre, regardless. Absolutely marvellous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insights into the Process of Harold Prince 27 Aug 2005
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is not a biography. It is, rather, a detailed exploration of Harold Prince's process, his methods, from his beginnings in the 1950s with 'The Pajama Game,' on through his string of musicals with Stephen Sondheim. the two revivals of Bernstein's 'Candide,' his work with Andrew Lloyd Webber and, in this newly expanded version of a book originally published in 1989, the latest work by Prince, another Sondheim musical, 'Bounce,' the story of the Mizner brothers who were responsible for the real estate boom in Florida.

What makes this such an interesting read is that Prince is amazingly candid about his work, and this includes telling us what he believes went wrong with various of his less-successful ventures, and how even the successes might have been made better. We get inside his mind and come to admire his utter honesty and his immense creativity. Author Foster Hirsch, a professor who is an expert on American musical theater, writes in a neatly crafted style which makes the book un-put-downable.

This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the Broadway musical, particularly of the last fifty years.

Scott Morrison
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for discriminating audiences 8 Aug 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fans of producer/director Harold Price, who was a giant in musical theatre circles, will relish an expanded edition of the classic coverage which even includes an updated foreword by Prince himself. Prince's works are wide-ranging, from his direction of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita" to his productions of "Fiddler on the Roof" and "West Side Story". Various chapters cover Prince's more recent work as well, adding insights and numerous rare photos which make Harold Pricne And The American Musical Theatre a 'must' for discriminating audiences.
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