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Defying Gravity- A Must Have Theatre Book,
This review is from: Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from "Godspell" to "Wicked (Paperback)
"Defying Gravity" is the authorized biography of the incredibly talented Stephen Schwartz the composer and lyricist of such hit shows as Godspell, Pippin, Children of Eden and a little global phenomenon you may know called "Wicked". The author's love and respect for the art form is apparant in every page. The book is written in an extremely fresh, balanced and informative manner. Apart from packing in lots of extremely interesting interviews, stories and background to Mr. Schwartz's career there is also the fascinating, behind the scenes story of the creation of "Wicked".
For fans of the show (and you know who you are) this is a unique opportunity to follow a major theatrical event from first drafts to opening night. Fans will love reading about the writing process, the rehearsals and eventual worlwide success. Author Carol De Giere follows the shows journey and has lifted the curtain on this emerald city musical allowing fans a rare insight into the creative process and work that go into creating a hit musical!
The book will appeal to both fans of Stephen Schwartz and those interested in how this most collaborative of art forms springs to life. Carol De Giere poses insightful questions into where good ideas come from, the importance of workshopping, team work, learning from mistakes and picking production teams with clear visions. If anyone is about to embark on writing a musical after reading this you will be much better informed on how to create a coherent, strong show whilst avoiding some pitfalls.
This is one of those rare theatre books that is entertaining, detailed and accomplished. After reading it it made me want to see Mr. Schwartz's other shows and re-visit "Wicked". If a theatre book can encourage audiences into a theatre then it must be good! Musical theatre books rarely capture both the pain and excitement of creation. This book certainly does.
A wickedly wonderful read.