Saturday 26 January 2019

Book Review: Creating Musical Theatre by Lyn Cramer (Non-Fiction/Theatre)

Title: Creating Musical Theatre--Conversations with Broadway Directors and Choreographers
Author: Lyn Cramer
Methuen Publishing

Publication Date: 2013
eBook - PDF


Creating Musical Theatre features interviews with the directors and choreographers that make up today's Broadway elite. From Susan Stroman and Kathleen Marshall to newcomers Andy Blankenbuehler and Christopher Gattelli, this book features twelve creative artists, mostly director/choreographers, many of whom have also crossed over into film and television, opera and ballet.

Creating Musical Theatre was an interesting work. I enjoyed reading the interviews, learning how the various interviewees had kickstarted their careers, and how they went about creating a show. The only downside was the limited scope. All were essentially choreographers, though some had also branched into directing. I would have liked to have seen a mix of choreographers, directors, designers and musical directors interviewed, to give a more thorough overview of putting on a show, but maybe other works could/would cover the areas neglected in this selection.

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