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Pocket Guide to Musicals

Pocket Guide to Musicals [Kindle Edition]

Maureen Hughes
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Everything you need to know about musical theater in one handy guide by leading expert Maureen Hughes who has herself created 8 musicals and teaches musical theater. The Pocket Guide to Musicals covers everything from the composers and lyricists to a comprehensive A-Z listing of musicals from around the world. Accessibility is a key selling point with fact boxes highlighting key or curious facts about the subject.

The Pocket Guide to Musicals is compulsory reading for anyone studying musical theater and its size makes it a perfect gift for anyone intending to go to the theater at or who wants to discover as much about the topic as possible – in a handy, pocket-sized guide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13141 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Remember When (6 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AM1T8F0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,599 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maureen Hughes was born in York where she grew up as the only child of Ernest and Vera Rowan. Later moving South with her husband and two children she began her writing career and now, in addition, teaches Academic Studies at PPA College for the Performing Arts in Guildford Surrey. Maureen is the author of four books with two more due for publication in 2013/14 and a further six under discussion. She has also written several plays and, together with her composer husband, eight musicals. Her work has been produced in the West End of London, the UK Provinces, TV, Radio and in the USA. Her two children are now following in her footsteps and are both published writers.

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3.7 out of 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wow, I bought this book because it was recommended to me by a well respected source and I LOVED IT.

I am a graduate of a Musical Theatre College and found this book helpful, interesting and factual.

In the business that I am in, I am so happy to have a book where I can refer to should I need to with regards to all Musicals, past and present.

The backround written about the most influencial composers of Musical Theatre are fascinating and insightful. Little quirky facts make the book enjoyable and easy to read.

I would recommend to all Musical Theatre students out there and graduates too that you will gain so much knowledge and understanding from reading this book.

The writer of this book sure knows her stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing 10 Aug 2011
Already at a glance I can see this book is very incomplete.
There is no listing for «Zip Goes a Million» nor «Love from Judy» both musicals had very succesful runs in the West End and on tour in the 1950's. How many more musicals are not listed?
Gerry Atkins.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners but......... 30 Sep 2009
Ok I've bought this for my teenage daughter who is mad on music theatre. It's a good first book on the subject with a huge amount of basic knowledge and for that reason I would recommend it. However, I do have some serious reservations when it comes to her potted "overview" of each composers. For example, the endless sycophantic adoration of all things Andrew Lloyd Webber, including his "impressive cellarage of vintage wine" in almost every chapter is curiously juxtaposed with an extraordinary dismissal of Stephen Sondheim in just seven lines (even Richard Stilgoe merits more space apparently). To merely write off Stephen Sondheim as "an acquired taste" betrays a lack of intellectual depth that I find very disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 10 Nov 2008
This book is an amazing resource for teachers and students alike - I have searched high and low for a book like this and it's perfect. Giving you the information you've been searching for but unable to find online in an easy to read format. BUY THIS BOOK!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery and very good condition 26 Oct 2012
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Very good and informative book. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Musicals. Very good buy. Hope this helps.
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