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ISBN: 9780374536893
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - March 14th, 2017

That rare book that acts equally well as both an in-depth study for theatre folk who love musicals and an introductory primer for people who just don't get why that person on stage started singing. Viertel explores musical theatre by breaking it down into its component parts (the opening number, the "I Want" song, etc), then devoting a chapter to each to see what really makes them tick. Using examples from wide variety of Broadway shows, and peppered with juicy insider anecdotes, Jack Viertel is a fun, sometimes curmudgeonly, but always informative guide to just how and why the musical theatre developed in the way that it did.