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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (Aug. 18 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306809435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306809439
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 354 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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"Cannot be overlooked by those interested in a musical theater career." -- Variety

"Detailed analysis [that] will assist both composers and writers." -- Backstage

About the Author

Aaron Frankel has directed over a hundred musicals and plays, some twenty of them new, in addition to collaborating as a writer both on and off Broadway. He has taught at ten universities, including Columbia University, NYU, and the New School, where he has led a musical theater writing workshop for more than thirty years. He lives in New York City.


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By A Customer on May 17 2001
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In only 192 pages, Frankel presents writing for the musical theatre from the perspective of the book writer, lyricist and composer -- and how each contributes to the whole. Enough specifics for each to gain a better appreciation of the others' unique contributions. The book would be an excellent introductory text for a musical theate workshop. Most examples from My Fair Lady are illustrative and excellent; other examples from Company were less helpful (as that show was less successful). Highly recommended for those working on musical to keep near at hand.
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Aaron Frankel writes with the voice of helpful and comprehensive experience. He is a writer - and teacher - of the highest order, and there are important points made in this book that are of great value to actors, directors and producers, as well as the playwrights for whom the book is primarily intended. Mr. Frankel is one of the few authors who expresses himself with both a clear, accessible style and a with a talent for engaging the reader every step of the way.
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Many of today's top talents in musicals on and off Broadway have studied with Aaron Frankel. Now anyone can learn the ropes from this honored director and instructor in a step-by-step guide that makes for good reading whether you are a writer, composer, or simply an avid theatergoer. I enjoyed the previous edition and found this revised and updated one an even more interesting read.
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Finally this fabulous book is back in print. If you are writing a musical, thinking about writing a musical or simply interested in how musicals are put together, get your hands on this book. It has got to be the clearest, most straight talkin', no bull approach to musical theatre writing I've read. It'll get you thinking and keep you writing!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6c2c168) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6c18ce4) out of 5 stars Hallelujah It's Back In Print! Sept. 20 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Finally this fabulous book is back in print. If you are writing a musical, thinking about writing a musical or simply interested in how musicals are put together, get your hands on this book. It has got to be the clearest, most straight talkin', no bull approach to musical theatre writing I've read. It'll get you thinking and keep you writing!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6c1c168) out of 5 stars Great! It gives you the fundementals to writing a musical. Jan. 17 1998
By Deb Di Gregorio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have taken Aaron Frankel's class at the New School in NYC and used his book along with it. It has been a very interesting process for me to learn how to write a musical (I thought I was a novelist) and his book has been extremely helpful. I now know a lot more about putting the fundementals in place for a successful musical...and I get the feeling that if I ever go back to writing novels it will make me a better novelist as well. His book is relatively brief, but it is thick with advice and techniques. It covers everything from the making of a good story, to lyric writing. I strongly reccomend it. I understand that he is in the process of working with his publisher on a reprint. I have found copies of his book in retail book stores so at this moment it is not completely sold out.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6c1c18c) out of 5 stars Writing the Broadway Musical Oct. 23 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Aaron Frankel writes with the voice of helpful and comprehensive experience. He is a writer - and teacher - of the highest order, and there are important points made in this book that are of great value to actors, directors and producers, as well as the playwrights for whom the book is primarily intended. Mr. Frankel is one of the few authors who expresses himself with both a clear, accessible style and a with a talent for engaging the reader every step of the way.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6c1c0b4) out of 5 stars 176 pages of solid advice Dec 29 2000
By Joan K. Slomanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many of today's top talents in musicals on and off Broadway have studied with Aaron Frankel. Now anyone can learn the ropes from this honored director and instructor in a step-by-step guide that makes for good reading whether you are a writer, composer, or simply an avid theatergoer. I enjoyed the previous edition and found this revised and updated one an even more interesting read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6c1c5d0) out of 5 stars I found not a single useful bit of information in this book for librettists. Jan. 21 2013
By lyle sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to know about structure, song placement, roles of songs, examples of structure, any kind of tips at all.
This book was so weirdly conceived - it seemed to be written for people who know nothing about musicals at all and was certainly not helpful as a guide or reference book for writing them.
I haven't found any other good books on the subject but this really was useless.


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