The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide
David Spencer has written a book full of truths a young writer will not find articulated anywhere else. Most of us in the theatre gained our "experience" by making mistakes and learning from them. David's book lets you gain the "experience" and skip the mistakes part. Anyone maneuvering the treacherous waters of musicals will find it not nearly so lonely or baffling with this remarkable volume as a companion.
Consider The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide your new best friend in the business.
At long last: a how-to book written by someone who actually knows how to. It hits so many nails on the head I could barely get through it for the sound of all that hammering.
For its practitioners, musical theatre is an art, a passion, and a lifelong love. But it's also a complex landscape involving not merely principles of craft about book, music and lyrics, but also principles of collaboration, script/demo presentation, project/production development, venue, business, and - everybody's area of uncertainty - politics.
In The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide, award-winning musical dramatist and teacher David Spencer provides a guide-to-the-game that helps you negotiate all those aspects of the business and more. This professional handbook will walk you through:
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Review: The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival GuideUser Review - Jonathon - Goodreads
Excellent advice about the nuts and bolts of being a musical theatre writer, especially on collaborations and the process of working. Some of the advice on recordings and demos was a bit out of date ... Read full review
That Other Collaborator
The Basic Components
Knowing the Score
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