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.