Tin Pan Alley and Broadway
13: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
13
The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
Paperback      ISBN: 1557837775

(Applause Libretto Library). One of the most frequently produced new musicals of the last decade, 13 is a rollicking musical comedy featuring a cast exclusively made up of teenagers. Thirteen 13-year-olds, as a matter of fact. Evan Goldman is two months from turning 13 years old, living happily in New York City, the greatest city on Earth, when his world is blown apart by his parents' divorce, and he is dragged away from home to live with his mother in a small town in the Midwest. Facing a new life in a new place where the customs and culture are utterly alien to him, and with his bar mitzvah getting closer every day, Evan has to navigate who he wants to be versus who he really is, and see if he can make it through the fall without losing the best friends he'll ever have. Check out the Closer Look feature on www.halleonard.com to view a video promotion for this book

1776: A Musical Play
1776
A Musical Play
Paperback      ISBN: 0140481397

Winner of five 1969 Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Musical, this oft-produced musical play is an imaginative re-creation of the events from May 8 to July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, when the second Continental Congress argued about, voted on, and signed the Declaration of Independence.

5 Finger Movie Heroes: 9 Blockbuster Themes Arranged for Piano With Optional Duet Accompaniments
5 Finger Movie Heroes
9 Blockbuster Themes Arranged for Piano With Optional Duet Accompaniments
Paperback      ISBN: 0739057863

These nine all-time favorite themes have been arranged in traditional five-finger style, with the melody split between the hands, and without key signatures in the student part. Starting hand positions are illustrated above each piece. Fingerings that are outside the noted five-finger positions and those indicating a shift in hand position are circled for easy identification. Dotted quarter notes, triplets and sixteenth notes have been avoided. All of the melodic arrangements have optional duet accompaniments created to achieve a fuller, richer musical experience. Titles: The Dark Knight Overture (from The Dark Knight) * Hedwig's Theme (from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) * In Dreams (from The Lord of the Rings) * Iron Man * James Bond Theme * Raiders March (from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) * Star Wars ("Main Theme" from Star Wars) * Theme from Superman * Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) (from Pirates of the Caribbean).

Act One: An Autobiography
Act One
An Autobiography
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1250050898

Moss Hart's Act One, which Lincoln Center Theater presented in 2014 as a play written and directed by James Lapine, is one of the great American memoirs, a glorious memorial to a bygone age filled with all the wonder, drama, and heartbreak that surrounded Broadway in the early twentieth century. Hart's story inspired a generation of theatergoers, dramatists, and readers everywhere as he eloquently chronicled his impoverished childhood and his long, determined struggle to reach the opening night of his first Broadway hit. Act One is the quintessential American success story.

Acting Through Song: Techniques and Exercises for Musical-Theatre Actors
Acting Through Song
Techniques and Exercises for Musical-Theatre Actors
Paperback      ISBN: 1848424078

An impassioned and invaluable guide for actors and students of musical theatre.

In Acting Through Song, ? Paul Harvard takes the techniques of modern actor training - including the theories of Stanislavsky, Brecht, Meisner and Laban, amongst others - and applies them to the fundamental component of musical theatre: singing.

With dozens of exercises to put these theories into practice, and numerous examples from a broad range of musicals, the result is a comprehensive and rigorous acting course for those training in musical theatre or already performing, whether amateur or professional, to realise their potential - and act better.

"The most methodical, thorough and practical book on the subject that I've ever read." - Daniel Evans, from his Foreword

"If you want to maximise your potential in this tough profession, this is not just a must-read - it's your bible." - Stuart Barr

"There is good advice in this useful and practical book about how to integrate acting and singing - all supported with suggestions for ways of practising and developing skills." - The Stage

"Revelatory... an important addition to the actors' library... full of good, practical advice." - ReviewsGate.com

"For anyone wishing to do justice to a musical theatre role, and definitely for those wishing to work in this genre, this guide is a must." - Teaching Drama Magazine

Paul Harvard has worked as an actor, musical director and composer at the National Theatre, in the West End, and in regional theatre. He was Head of Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy, and currently teaches at Arts Educational Schools, the Drama Centre, Rose Bruford College, City Lit and The Centre.
The Actor Uncovered
The Actor Uncovered
Hardcover      ISBN: 1621535495
The Actor Uncovered is certainly not a set of rigid rules advocating one "method" or one singular "truth." Departing from the common guidebook format, Michael Howard uses a unique approach to teaching acting, reflecting on his own history and sharing his own experiences as an actor, director, and teacher. How he writes about the process and craft of acting is at once intensely personal and relatable by others.

Readers are invited to participate as though present in this master teacher's classes. Each human being, and thus each actor, is unique. Howard encourages actors to uncover their own ways of working, using their particular abilities and personality traits. Going beyond the craft and into human psychology and the importance of acting as a life force, readers will see new and deeper ways to study and practice, to be introspective, and to arrive at places of revelation about their craft.The Actor Uncovered will have much to say to beginners, to those who are advanced, and to professional and working actors. Howard discusses such topics as:
  • Techniques, styles, and methods in a changing society
  • Relaxation, concentration, and the breath
  • The relationships among actor, director, and writer
  • Memory
  • On camera versus on stage
  • Obstacles

After more than seventy years as a professional actor, director, and teacher, Howard shows how living creatively and invoking one's own personality can lead to a successful career as an actor.
Actors on Guard: A Practical Guide for the Use of the Rapier and Dagger for Stage and Screen
Actors on Guard
A Practical Guide for the Use of the Rapier and Dagger for Stage and Screen
Paperback      ISBN: 0878300589
Actors on Guard is the most comprehensive and detailed book on the art of theatrical swordplay available today. It provides the reader with the historical, theoretical and practical basis for learning, practicing and presenting theatrical sword fights. Focusing specifically on the Elizabethan rapier and dagger (the most popular weapons used in stage fights), Actors on Guard provides actors, directors, teachers, stage managers and technicians the skills and knowledge essential to presenting safe and effective fights, both for stage and screen.
All His Jazz: The Life & Death of Bob Fosse
All His Jazz
The Life & Death of Bob Fosse
Paperback      ISBN: 0306812843

Bob Fosse (1927-1987), the director and choreographer of Chicago and Sweet Charity, has never been more popular than he is right now. Here is the less-publicized side of his story-his surprising ascent from the world of sleazy Chicago strip joints to the glitter of Broadway. A legend's memory is preserved in this eloquent biography.

All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago
All That Jazz
The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago
Hardcover      ISBN: 0190651792

In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths - the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamour of the big-city newspaper, the mad decade of the 1920s, the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon (two of the greatest talents in the musical's history), and the Wild West gangsterville that was the city of Chicago itself.

The tale of a young woman who murders her departing lover and then tricks the jury into letting her off, Chicago seemed too blunt and cynical at first. Everyone agreed it was show biz at its brilliant best, yet the public still preferred A Chorus Line, with its cast of innocents and sentimental feeling. Nevertheless, the 1996 Chicago revival is now the longest-running American musical in history, and the movie version won the Best Picture Oscar.

As author Ethan Mordden looks back at Chicago's various moving parts - including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical - we see how the American theatre serves as a kind of alternative news medium, a town crier warning the public about the racy, devious interior contradictions of American society. Opinionated, witty, and rich in backstage anecdotes, All That Jazz brings the American Musical to life in all its artistry and excitement.
All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett
All the Things You Are
The Life of Tony Bennett
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470520655
The first complete biography of singing legend Tony Bennett

Among America's greatest entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, and Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett alone is still here and at the top of his game. For the first time, All the Things You Are tells the incredible story of Bennett's life and sixty-year career, from his impoverished New York City childhood through his first chart-topping hits, from liberating a concentration camp to his civil rights struggles, from his devastating personal and career battles and addiction in the 1970's to his stunning comeback and emergence as a musical statesman, America's troubadour, role model and mentor, and unmatched interpreter of the American songbook.

  • Takes a candid, unvarnished look at the amazing life of one of America's most enduring musical icons
  • Based on dozens of author interviews with Bennett's family members, ?agents, musicians, composers and managers, and experts on the last fifty years of popular music
  • Filled with stories involving leading figures and entertainers of the twentieth-century, including Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fiorello LaGuardia, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Billie Holliday, and more

Whether you've been a Tony Bennett fan for decades or are just discovering him, this book will deepen your understanding of this hugely gifted entertainer and his music.