Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel
The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
Paperback ISBN: 1495056589
(Applause Libretto Library). In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates and marries naive millworker Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, and desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day 15 years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills a sense of hope and dignity in both the child and her mother is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
Acting on the Script
Paperback ISBN: 0879108258
(Applause Books). Mastery of craft depends on repetition: the more opportunities student actors have to be guided through analyzing scripts, the more likely they are to develop a reliable process for making choices when the time comes to work independently. That's why Acting on the Script contains eight short plays, which can be used independently or as parts of one full-length play, giving aspiring actors the practice they need to tell the story of the play and of their characters clearly, believably, and compellingly. With each new scene, readers are given the opportunity to think through the analysis and synthesis process independently, then they are guided clearly through that process. The first section reintroduces the basic elements of acting craft. The book then lays out how these elements relate to a script in general and then more specifically by using a short play to illustrate the basic principles. The second section focuses on specific analysis and synthesis problems using original scenes especially composed to help students develop their analysis and choice-making skills and to address individual acting issues. The plays, already tested in classes and two productions (one professional and one college), are filled with the kinds of acting problems that beginning actors often have trouble with and need to learn to solve. In addition, specific problems that actors might have with certain types of material are addressed as well.
Shakespeare on Theatre
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1623160324
(Book). Shakespeare was a man of the theatre to his core, so it is no surprise that he repeatedly contemplated the nuts and bolts of his craft in his plays and poems. Shakespeare scholar Nick de Somogyi here draws together all the cherishable set pieces including "All the world's a stage," Hamlet's encounters with the Players, and Bottom's amateur theatricals along with many other oblique but no less revealing glances, and further insights into theatre practice by Shakespeare's contemporaries and rivals. De Somogyi's commentary takes us through the entire process of Shakespeare's theatrical production, from its casting and auditions, via rehearsals, costumes, and props, to its premiere and audience reception. Shakespeare on Theatre eavesdrops on the urgently whispered noises-off in the "tiring-house" and inhales the heady aroma of the Globe's first audiences.
The Secret Life of the American Musical
How Broadway Shows Are Built
Paperback ISBN: 0374536899
"Americans love musicals. Americans invented musicals. Americans perfected musicals. But what, exactly, is a musical? In [this book], Jack Viertel takes them apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to thenext"--Dust jacket flap.
Theatre World 2008-2009 Season
Hardcover ISBN: 1423473698
The beloved and most complete annual record of the American theatre. "Nothing brings back a theatrical season, or holds on to it more lovingly, than Theatre World." - Harry Haun, Playbill Celebrating its 65th year, Theatre World is the most comprehensive record of the theatrical season on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, including touring companies and regional companies. Covering hundreds of productions, each entry includes photos, a complete cast listing, producers, directors, authors, composers, opening and closing dates, song titles, and plot synopses. Theatre World also features the year's obituaries, a listing of all nominees and winners of the major theatrical awards, the longest-running shows on and Off-Broadway, and a complete index. Highlights of the 2008-2009 Broadway season include Elton John's dazzling Billy Elliot and Dolly Parton's musical version of 9 to 5. Oscar winner Jane Fonda returned to Broadway after four decades in 33 Variations, while Geoffrey Rush debuted on Broadway in Exit the King with Susan Sarandon. Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate was part of a strong season for new plays that included Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in Impressionism, and revivals including Kristin Scott Thomas in The Seagull and Daniel Radcliffe in Equus. The musical Rock of Ages and the four-time Tony Award winner Tovah Feldshuh in Irena's Vow both brought down the house Off-Broadway.
Contemporary Monologues for Men and Women Late Twenties to Thirties
Paperback ISBN: 1480367478
(Applause Books). Whether auditioning for graduate programs or professional productions, In Performance is an indispensable collection of monologues for today's aspiring young actors. Featured are dynamic monologues from contemporary stage plays of the past 15 years, as selected by a professional acting teacher, director, and casting director. Along with covering the basics of how best to match the monologue to the actor and how to approach the rehearsal and performance of the piece, this handy guide provides a synopsis of each play, character descriptions, and a list of questions specific to each monologue that will help actors develop complex, honest, and thoughtful performances with a strong emotional connection, a clear arc, and playable actions.
The Life of the Drama
Paperback ISBN: 1557831106
"Eric Bentley's radical new look at the grammar of theatre...is a work of exceptional virtue...CENTRAL, INDISPENSABLE...The book justifies its title by being precisely about the ways in which life manifests itself in the theatre...THIS IS A BOOK TO BE READ AGAIN AND AGAIN." - Frank Kermode, The New York Review of Books
The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater
Paperback ISBN: 1594632804
Describes the astounding success of the theater program at Harry S Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, under the direction of gifted teacher Lou Volpe.
Theatre World, 2006-2007
Hardcover ISBN: 1557837287
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is pleased to make this venerable continuing series complete by publishing Theatre World Volume 63. Theatre World remains the authoritative pictorial and statistical record of the season on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and for regional theatre companies. Volume 63 features Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Tony Award-winning Best Musical Spring Awakening, which also earned a Theatre World Award for actor Jonathan Groff. Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia captured the Best Play Tony Award, as well as Tonys for featured actors Billy Crudup and Jennifer Ehle. Frasier star David Hyde Pierce returned to his theatre roots to capture a Tony for Kander and Ebb's Curtains, and other highlights of the season include the Off-Broadway musical In the Heights as well as Passing Strange, which debuted at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Both have since transferred to Broadway and become critical and popular hits. As always, Theatre World's outstanding features include: * An expanded section of professional regional productions from across the U.S. * The longest running shows on and Off-Broadway * Full coverage of the Theatre World Awards for Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts * Expanded obituaries and a comprehensive index
A Memoir of Love, Loss, And the Musical Rent
Paperback ISBN: 0743269772
The personal story of the actor who portrayed Rent's Mark Cohen covers such topics as his Broadway successes, his grief at the death of the production's Pulitzer Prize-winning creator, and his struggles with his mother's life-threatening illness. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.