Everything was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2005 - Performing Arts - 331 pages
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(Applause Books). In 1971, college student Ted Chapin found himself front row center as a production assistant at the creation of one of the greatest Broadway musicals, Follies . Needing college credit to graduate on time, he kept a journal of everything he saw and heard and thus was able to document in unprecedented detail how a musical is actually created. Now, more than thirty years later, he has fashioned an extraordinary chronicle. Follies was created by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Michael Bennett, and James Goldman giants in the evolution of the Broadway musical and geniuses at the top of their game. Everything Was Possible takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, from the uncertainties of casting to drama-filled rehearsals, from the care and feeding of one-time movie and television stars to the pressures of a Boston tryout to the exhilaration of opening night on Broadway. Foreword by long-time NY critic Frank Rich.
 

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Yes, the Michael Bennett-Stephen Sondheim-Hal Prince collaboration that produced Follies was a major event. And yes, this show has gone on to become something of a cult musical owing to its ... Read full review

A must read if you like theater

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A wonderfully written insight into a remarkable production. Bravo Ted! Read full review

Contents

Walking Off My Tired Feet
3
Hats Off Here They Come Those Beautiful Girls 2
22
Girls Looking Frazzled and Girls Looking Great
55
But Every Height Has a Drop
73
Clicking Heels on Steel and Cement
96
Why Am I Here? This Is Crazy
125
Everybody Has to Go Through Stages Like That
147
Thats What Youve Been Waiting For
166
The Choices That You Make Arent All That Grim
196
Im So Glad I Came
238
What Will Tomorrow Bring?
264
In a Great Big Broadway Show
288
Still here
311
Acknowledgments
317
Index
321
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Ted Chapin is President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization in New York.

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