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The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide - David Spencer

The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide

By: David Spencer, Robert Lopez (Foreword by), Jeff Marx (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2005
ISBN: 9780325007861
Number Of Pages: 216
For Ages: 19+ years old

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"David Spencer has written a book full of truths a young writer will not find articulated anywhere else. Most of us in the theatre gained our "experience" by making mistakes and learning from them. David's book lets you gain the "experience" and skip the mistakes part. Anyone maneuvering the treacherous waters of musicals will find it not nearly so lonely or baffling with this remarkable volume as a companion."
- Richard Maltby, Jr., Director/Lyricist, "Miss Saigon," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Baby"

"Consider "The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide "your new best friend in the business."
- Alan Menken, Oscar recipient and Tony-Award nominee, composer, "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Beauty and the Beast"

"At long last: a how-to book written by someone who actually knows how to. It hits so many nails on the head I could barely get through it for the sound of all that hammering."
- Larry Gelbart, Award-winning co-librettist, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and librettist, "City of Angels"

For its practitioners, musical theatre is an art, a passion, and a lifelong love. But it's also a complex landscape involving not merely principles of craft about book, music and lyrics, but also principles of collaboration, script/demo presentation, project/production development, venue, business, and - everybody's area of uncertainty - politics.

In "The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide," award-winning musical dramatist and teacher David Spencer provides a guide-to-the-game that helps you negotiate all those aspects of the business and more. This professional handbook will walk you through: getting your name and your projects into the hands of producers, instead of the rejection pile choosing the right producer, agent, or director, instead of surrounding yourself with people uninterested in your work and your career-or interested for the wrong reasons bringing your vision to life through stage-savvy writing, instead of watching it sputter due to flaws in craft living a happy, healthy life in musicals, instead of dying a slow, showbiz death. If you're taking your first steps, Spencer's counsel, anecdotes, and instructions will save you years of blindly stumbling about without results. Likewise, if you've been around the block a few times, "The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide" can rescue you from the kinds of career-stalling traps, bad habits, and false assumptions that lead to dead ends.

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"David Spencer has written a book full of truths a young writer will not find articulated anywhere else. Most of us in the theatre gained our "experience" by making mistakes and learning from them. David's book lets you gain the "experience" and skip the mistakes part. Anyone maneuvering the treacherous waters of musicals will find it not nearly so lonely or baffling with this remarkable volume as a companion. - Richard Maltby, Jr., Director/Lyricist, Miss Saigon, Ain't Misbehavin', Baby Consider The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide your new best friend in the business. - Alan Menken, Oscar recipient and Tony - Award nominee, composer, Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the Beast At long last: a how-to book written by someone who actually knows how to. It hits so many nails on the head I could barely get through it for the sound of all that hammering. - Larry Gelbart, Award-winning co-librettist, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and librettist, City of Angels"

Foreword
Establishing relationshipsp. 1
You're only as good as your partner - and vice versa, or : collaborationp. 1
That other collaborator, or : the directorp. 11
The guards and the suits, or : agents and producersp. 18
The basic componentsp. 27
Throwing "the book" at you, or : the plainly visible secrets of successful librettip. 27
Knowing the score, or : music and lyricsp. 57
Practical applicationp. 89
The spirit of the thing, or : adaptationp. 89
The bogus condition, or : writer's blockp. 96
It ain't kid stuff, or : writing musicals for young audiencesp. 101
Speed kills, shift happens, and other homilies, or : writing comedyp. 113
Well, maybe thou shalt steal, or : influencesp. 120
You are what you submit, or : presentation, format, and packagingp. 127
Audio with pictures, or : the art of the readingp. 127
Acceptable margins, or : proper playscript formattingp. 134
Sound advice, or : demo recordingsp. 147
Random thoughts, coda, and appendicesp. 172
Afterword : random thoughtsp. 172
The rave and the mix, or : deconstruction in actionp. 177
Grants and development programsp. 189
A better-than-average shelf life, or : the "additional reading" listp. 195
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ISBN: 9780325007861
ISBN-10: 0325007861
Audience: General
For Ages: 19+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: Heinemann USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.31

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