The dean of Broadway musical directors examines the dynamics of how the book music and lyrics work together to create such hits as ÊMy Fair LadyÊ ÊFiddler on the RoofÊ ÊGuys and DollsÊ ÊHairÊ ÊPal JoeyÊ ÊWest Side StoryÊ ÊCompanyÊ ÊSouth PacificÊ ÊThreepenny OperaÊ and ÊPorgy and BessÊ. Howard Kissel chief theater critic for the ÊNew York Daily NewsÊ extends the reach of Engel's subjects by bringing them up to date with commentary on such shows as ÊA Chorus LineÊ ÊNineÊ ÊSunday in the Park with GeorgeÊ ÊRentÊ ÊWorkingÊ and ÊFalsettosÊ. Kissel offers a thoughtful history on how musical theater has evolved in the three decades since Engel wrote ÊWords with MusicÊ (1972) and how Engel's classic work remains vital and illuminating today.
"To anyone who loves musical theatre, Lehman Engel's Words With Music will be a source of joy and knowledge... amusing and delightful." -Richard Rodgers"