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Writing a Musical [Paperback]

Richard Andrews
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17 Jan 1998
Here is the definitive guide to writing a musical. The secrets of creating a successful musical are revealed by an experienced professional actively involved in West End theatre. Despite the large number of enthusiasts who have either completed or are engaged in writing a musical, it is surprising how little most people know about constructing one. Richard Andrews has produced an easy-to-read guide, written in an informal style, which covers the entire process from the initial idea to the first night - all backed up with personal experience. Not only is every topic covered but also a wealth of reference information is included in a resources section. In fact, the book contains all the vital ingredients to make your own musical - just add imagination. No book can teach you to be creative, or turn you into a great writer, but this one encourages you to think in more productive ways, and helps you to make the most of your writing ability. No potential writer of a musical should put finger to keyboard without it.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd; First edition. Paperback. edition (17 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709059132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709059134
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn the secrets of how to write a successful musical
This is an easy to read guide which covers the entire process from the initial idea to the first night - all backed up with personal experience from someone actively involved in West End theatre. Not only is every topic covered, but also a wealth of reference information is included in a resources section. In fact the book contains all the vital ingredients to make your own musical - just add imagination.

About the Author

Richard Andrews has to date worked on twenty-two West End shows, of which eighteen were new pieces. These have ranged from the hugely successful Jesus Christ Superstar and Me and My Girl to the spectacularly unsuccessful Barnado and Jukebox with both ends of the spectrum providing a useful learning experience. During this time his work has covered all aspects of theatre production, from stage manager through to producer. In 1988 Richard Andrews co-founded FACADE, an organisation which creates, promotes and produces new works in musical theatre.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic guide 26 Aug 2003
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Don't be put off by the stupid cover, this book is a wealth of information. Written by someone who works in the business rather than a university grad, it doesn't tell you how to write a musical; if you don't know how to do that, then you shouldn't be reading this book. It lets you know where you will slip up, how to improve your work, how to avoid doing what everyone else always does at the outset. It covers every field from music and lyrics to marketing and production. If you think that you don't need to know about all these fields, believe me, you do. Along with a healthy slating of various successful but poor musicals, this book is a fantastic guide which you can read in a day. You will learn so much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I recently purchased this book direct from the publishers (ashamedly, not from Amazon!) and consequently waited a very long time for the publishers to go to print. Generally, it was worth the wait, but as one might expect, the more experienced the reader, the less useful it becomes.
One big disappointment was to discover references to out-of-date resources, for example, Sibelius 7, which was superceded by the PC version in 97/98. Come on! If it's worth the (long) wait for a copy, one would expect it to be very contemporary.
In conclusion, this is a necessary addition to the bookshelf of the novice or amateur, but beware some out-of-date info that may not be apparent to the uninitiated!
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2.0 out of 5 stars so-so 2 Feb 2009
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a so-so book - i was expecting more from this, but it really didn't tell me anything i didn't know before
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3.0 out of 5 stars Righting A Musical 17 Dec 1999
By Lewis Boulton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not the best one for starting on. There are certain truths about theatre and productions which are left out. The book is an excellent resource if you are writing a musical, although I think you may find some of the example a bit pityful! I think they should label that section How NOT To Write A Musical! But, as I said, this book is good for using if you wish to shape your musical on the final drafts. There's also a very good resource page, which gives addresses and websites for resources and publishers, producers etc. Before you buy this think whether you are almost happy with a peice you've already started writing, if not then you will need another book. But some sections are very good.
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