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Staging a musical
White, Matthew, 1963-
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Publication Information:
New York : Routledge/Theatre Arts Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
v, 137 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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MT955 .W35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In Staging a Musical, Matthew White describes all the elements involved in putting on a musical production, including: how to choose the right show, budgets and schedules, auditions, rehearsals, and performances.

Author Notes

Matthew Whitehas appeared in many musicals and is also a regular guest director at Mountview Theatre School and The Royal Academy of Music.

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This concise volume will be an excellent tool for any general practitioner or amateur wishing to glimpse the process of producing a musical. White lays out basic planning step-by-step, from inception through finished product. The author's background and experience insure qualified information about organization needed to coordinate of all the necessary theatrical elements involved in mounting a musical production. Topics covered include play selection, securing appropriate permissions, assembling the creative team, stage management and technical support, budgeting, scheduling, publicity, research and design, and casting. Almost half the book deals with the rehearsal process, from creating the company through first rehearsals, choreography and staging, and ultimately, opening and the run of the show. White provides ample charts, drawings, illustrations, and examples of productions; a helpful list of play titles with their licensing organizations and addresses supply the reader with contact information. The list of further reading will prove helpful; the work of Ethan Mordden--including Beautiful Morning!: The Broadway Musical in the 1940s (CH, Feb'00)--will provide useful historical information. Recommended for two-year technical program students, beginning professionals and practitioners, and amateurs; especially helpful for community-theater practitioners. E. C. Ramirez; St. Philip's College