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The Pocket Guide to Musicals by [Hughes, Maureen]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 133347 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Remember When (21 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AM1T8F0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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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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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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This book seems to be an amalgam of lots of sources of information, but written with the authors own interests. I am extremely disappointed with this book for many reasons.

It is badly written and seems to be rather purile in style. I felt like I was been talked to rather than enjoying the read.

I don't believe that it is totally accurate. There are pieces missing and what appears to be assumptions or personal feelings.

Several of the musicals listed are in such diverse categories i.e "Musicals that are not well known" includes Les Miserables????

I started reading but because it seemed such a biased book with very little assistance, I decided it would not be worth continuing. Lists of shows and authors are readily available via the rights holders or the NODA web site. Nothing in the book is not available elsewhere on much better web sites.

It may be suitable for a junior to read but I do doubt the accuracy of the information.
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This book is very poorly written. There are many claims made by the author which appear entirely made up and the bias toward Webber is quite comical.
The poor quality of the book and the smugness of the author is evident from the introduction:

"My own love affair with the musical began many years ago. In fact, with hindsight and the wisdom of age, I can actually pinpoint..."

The author also has a questionable history. I myself have written more than eight musicals. That of course does not mean they are any good. In fact I believe that her only musical to have been produced for the west end, 'Bernadette' in 1990, is one of the shortest running shows the Dominion theatre has seen.

Aside from this, there are three things which I find particularly frightening:
Richard Jordan, the young producer for whom i have much respect, provides the Foreword. I do feel a little embarrassed for him. I wonder if he read the book himself?
Secondly I find the reviews for the book on this website intriguing. I would stake money (and I'm not a gambling man) that many of them are written by friends of the author or indeed the author herself.
My main concern is that work such as this can get published and actually recommended by others. I make a habit of reading theatre books in general, and am especially interested in books being directly aimed at students of the subject.
If you wish to be spoken at, do not want to learn anything of value except lists of shows, then buy this book. Anyone with any interest and/or passion for the subject who wants to understand the beauty and truth behind it while learning something as well, do not.

I instead recommend, with the Foreword by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, 'The Faber Pocket Guide to Musicals' by James Inverne.
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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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